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Archive | January, 2011

Airbags Not Urged for Small Aircraft

Sunday, January 16, 2011 — David Evans

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Airbags Not Urged for Small Aircraft

Light airplanes should be equipped with airbags, along the same lines that the ubiquitous and life saving safety devices are found in automobiles. But this is not likely to happen; the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stopped short of such a recommendation when it discussed the results of a major study 11 January of occupant […]

For Lack of a Locking Screw, a Crashed Airplane Could Not be Found Quickly

Thursday, January 6, 2011 — David Evans

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For Lack of a Locking Screw, a Crashed Airplane Could Not be Found Quickly

A futile shout from the crash scene that would-be rescuers never heard may be the equivalent to the radio severed from its antenna; the message may be as dire as possible, but it never gets beyond the cable connecting radio to antenna. That’s what happened to the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) shakily installed on the […]

Accidents & Incidents 12.26.10 – 12.31.10

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 12.26.10 – 12.31.10

Accidents and incidents for the last week of December.

Another Tilt-Rotor Crash Begs Question of Operational Suitability

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 — David Evans

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Another Tilt-Rotor Crash Begs Question of Operational Suitability

Despite all the talk about “jointness” among the armed services, an Air Force investigation into a fatal CV-22 tilt-rotor crash allows as how a translation error from Marine Corps documents meant the flight recorder was not recovered. The pilot, flight engineer, an Army Ranger, and a civilian contract employee were killed in the crash. The […]

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