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Airbus Develops Back-Up Speed & Altitude Displays

Thursday, June 9, 2011 — David Evans

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Airbus Develops Back-Up Speed & Altitude Displays

If the pitot probes on Air France flight 447 were clogged with ice, and that condition set in motion the sequence that led to the crash in the Atlantic of the airplane, the accident raises the question of independent redundancy and whether or not a different method of measuring speed ought not be substituted for […]

Latest Air France Crash Update Bereft of Analysis

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 — David Evans

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Latest Air France Crash Update Bereft of Analysis

Even now with the benefit of the flight recorders, French investigators seem quite flummoxed about the circumstances which led to the crash of Air France flight 447 in the South Atlantic on 1 June 2009. The answer to one question seems clear: Is the pilot training to combat automation anomalies and their inherent malfunction complexities […]

Crash in Alaska and Lack of Probing About Key Safety System

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 — David Evans

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Crash in Alaska and Lack of Probing About Key Safety System

It is not good when crash investigators reveal a distinct lack of curiosity. Case in point: the investigation into the crash that killed the pilot, Sen. Ted Stevens and three other passengers in Alaska. Four other passengers survived, although injured. (See Aviation Safety Journal, January 2011, “For Lack of a Locking Screw, a Crashed Airplane Could […]

Accidents & Incidents 05.08.11 – 05.14.11

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 05.08.11 – 05.14.11

Air Carrier (Part 121) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 11 May Louisville KY Vision Airlines Dornier 328-120 Reg: N328MX Aircraft declared an emergency after experiencing hydraulic problems. 21 Uninjured Aircraft sustained minor damage. 14 May Los Angele CA US Airways A321-231 Reg: N540UW Aircraft was holding on a taxiway when debris from another aircraft struck […]

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