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Shutting Off Electrical Power Caused Uncommanded Fuel Imbalance

Thursday, October 14, 2010 — David Evans

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Shutting Off Electrical Power Caused Uncommanded Fuel Imbalance

Instead of preventing something bad from happening, removal of electrical power from the left main bus resulted in over a ton fuel transferred from the right tank to the left, and the flight crew had no idea. This is bad. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the UK is investigation the case and released […]

Latest Statistics Point to Continued Mayhem in General Aviation

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 — David Evans

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Latest Statistics Point to Continued Mayhem in General Aviation

The annual accident statistics have been massaged, and aviation deaths have decreased, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Much is made of very small – almost minute – changes that are meaningless in the face of the larger carnage. The NTSB declared in its 6 October press release that aviation fatalities dropped by […]

Deadline Looms for Arrestor Beds

Friday, October 8, 2010 — David Evans

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Deadline Looms for Arrestor Beds

With such a bona fide success record, you would think deployment would be accelerated. I am referring to the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS), which employs specially configured concrete that slows aircraft that have overrun the runway. EMAS has been credited with seven “saves” since 1999, the most recent of which occurred 1 October 2010 […]

Accidents & Incidents 09.05.10 – 09.18.10

Monday, October 4, 2010 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 09.05.10 – 09.18.10

Accidents and incidents 5-18 September.

Draft Guidance on Fatigue Evades Accountability

Friday, October 1, 2010 — David Evans

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Draft Guidance on Fatigue Evades Accountability

Fatigue is the one area where minimizing it is the joint responsibility of the pilot and the airline, claims the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This is a curious arrangement, because this is the only area where the airline is absolved of ultimate responsibility. In every other aspect of operations, such as safety, maintenance, and compliance […]

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