For a highly pertinent example of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) not following-up on its own research, look no further than its requirements for life preservers. I use life preservers as my prime example because, unlike avionics and other esoteric electro-mechanicals of airplanes, most people understand the problem of floating for extended periods in cold […]
Issues covered include proposals to protect allergic passengers from peanuts, apparent confusion in the FAA about fixing Rotax engines, and presentations of the Fire Protection Working Group.
In about a month, an airplane fitted with a new infrared detector will take to the skies over Europe to determine if airborne volcanic ash can be tracked and avoided. If the tests are successful, the detectors could – and this is an important caveat – could be eventually fitted to hundreds of airliners. The […]
Accidents and incidents for the first two weeks in May.
After the 2009 crash of Flight 447 due to unknown causes (and still under investigation by the French safety bureau), Air France pilots were quite upset about the fatal crash. (See Aviation Safety Journal, ‘Documentary Covers Last Minutes of Air France Flight 447,’ line 172 of transcript) Air France officials issued a memorandum intended to […]