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Sometimes Airliners & Oil Rigs Go ‘Kablooie’

Friday, May 28, 2010 — David Evans

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Which is worse, a plane crash or a massive oil spill, is a matter of fierce debate. It is also beside the point. The real issue is whether airplane accidents and/or oil spills were preventable. The record from aviation is that for every 100 or so incidents – those events below the dollar value and […]

Excising Coziness Among Regulators Requires Persistence

Friday, May 28, 2010 — David Evans

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At a Congressional hearing 25 May into the government’s role in providing oversight of the oil industry, the word “cozy” was uttered by one senator. With oil giant BP appearing more inept in the face of a worsening spill in the Gulf, and with federal oversight both lagging and lax, the term is belatedly appropriate. […]

Definition of Professionalism Not Coming Anytime Soon

Sunday, May 23, 2010 — David Evans

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Definition of Professionalism Not Coming Anytime Soon

Greater “professionalism” is badly needed in the airline industry, but no one person or organization seems to have defined it succinctly yet broadly to capture the qualities needed. That much is evident from a 2½ day forum on the subject of pilot and air traffic controller professionalism held 18-20 May by the National Transportation Safety […]

Fired For Refusing to Fly Through an Ash loud

Monday, May 17, 2010 — David Evans

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A captain for Spanish airline Vueling, owned by Spanish flag carrier Iberia, was fired 15 May after being deemed unprofessional for refusing flights through the volcanic ash cloud that has plagued the European airline industry since April. His contract was terminated after he made the decision not to operate flights out of Barcelona, Spain — […]

The Hazard of Flying Through an Ash Cloud

Monday, May 17, 2010 — David Evans

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Volcanoes are huge glass factories. The ash spewed into the atmosphere by Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallokull is a glasslike substance that can wreak havoc on jet engines. Unfortunately, the ash is so fine and in such low concentrations it cannot be detected by radar but nevertheless poses a danger for any airplane flying through it. The […]

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