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No Trash, No Crash

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 — David Evans

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No Trash, No Crash

By James Hall Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Two years ago the world was amazed when US Airways Flight 1549 landed safely in the Hudson River after striking a flock of geese upon takeoff from LaGuardia Airport. Through the heroic actions of Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III and his crew, and more than […]

Beware The Icing Hazards Masked By Average Droplet Size, Scientists Warn

Friday, June 24, 2011 — David Evans

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Beware The Icing Hazards Masked By Average Droplet Size, Scientists Warn

Expansion of the icing envelope for aircraft certification purposes, as proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will not cover all the icing conditions likely to be encountered by an airplane during its service life. The envelope needs to be expanded, claim a group of distinguished atmospheric scientists. In 2010, the FAA proposed an Appendix […]

Airbus Envisions a New Supersonic Transport Plane With Rocket-Like Performance

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 — David Evans

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Airbus Envisions a New Supersonic Transport Plane With Rocket-Like Performance

The notion of supersonic airline flight keeps popping up, like a perennial weed. The latest concept comes from Airbus, which envisions of all things an eco-friendly supersonic jet that will fly 100 passengers at hypersonic speeds. The Airbus concept for such an airplane was revealed at the Paris Air Show, to great excitement among the […]

Further Comment on Proposed Training Standards Invited

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 — David Evans

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Further Comment on Proposed Training Standards Invited

In laying out revised training requirements, the FAA appears to be clarifying some issues while slipping, sliding and reducing many training needs. Using the perverse logic of cost-benefit, if there were no accidents the need for improved training would vanish, even in the face of existing shortfalls in training and the growing lack of experience […]

Accidents & Incidents 05.15.11 – 05.21.11

Monday, June 20, 2011 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 05.15.11 – 05.21.11

Air Carrier (Part 121) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 17 May Denver CO Great Lakes Airlines-operated Beechcraft 1900D Reg: N218YV Aircraft’s left main landing gear collapsed as the airplane was turning off the runway. 11 Uninjured Aircraft sustained minor damage. Air Taxi and On Demand (Part 135) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 16 May Atqasuk […]

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