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Fire on Cargo Plane Reveals Hazard of Lithium Battery Shipments

Friday, May 27, 2011 — David Evans

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Fire on Cargo Plane Reveals Hazard of Lithium Battery Shipments

After the fatal crash, there was a flurry of activity from aircraft manufacturer Boeing and from the industry regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Neither Boeing’s actions nor the FAA’s after-the-disaster advisory addressed the core problems of fire in transport-category aircraft. The situation is similar to a New Orleans funeral, in which a jazz band […]

Taking Credit For Scant Accomplishments

Friday, May 20, 2011 — David Evans

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Taking Credit For Scant Accomplishments

Some bureaucrats at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are good at tooting their own horns in the face of overwhelming and continuing vulnerability. A case in point is an FAA Technical Center document dated May 2011. This technical note (DOT/FAA/AR-TN11/8) is grandly titled, “Improvements in Aircraft Fire Safety Derived From FAA Research Over the Last […]

Lightning – Generally Not a Hazard Unless it Penetrates a Fuel Tank

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 — David Evans

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Lightning – Generally Not a Hazard Unless it Penetrates a Fuel Tank

What does an electric current bolt of 20,000 amps hitting a jetliner look like? A photograph of a lighting strike on an Emirates A380 illustrates the dramatic appearance. A video taken by Chris Dawson near London’s Heathrow Airport shows lightning striking the giant, double-deck plane, wrapping around it and continuing through the air to the […]

Accidents & Incidents 05.01.11 – 05.07.11

Friday, May 13, 2011 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 05.01.11 – 05.07.11

Air Carrier (Part 121) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 3 MayMoncton CANADA American Airlines-operated Boeing 777-223ERReg: N793AN Aircraft was forced to divert and land due to smoke in the cockpit.It should be pointed out that airliners have NO means of voiding smoke from the cockpit. The FAA has such technology on its own planes. 150 […]

Crash During Attempted Go-Around Reveals Safety Shortcomings

Thursday, May 12, 2011 — David Evans

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Crash During Attempted Go-Around Reveals Safety Shortcomings

The fatal crash of a business jet points to the need for decision points during landing that are analogous to those in takeoff. For example, there is V1 in takeoff, the critical engine failure speed at which there is enough runway remaining to stop the airplane. Beyond V1, the takeoff must be continued on the […]

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