Category | Briefs


Wednesday, September 22, 2010 — David Evans


The recent photograph of a balloon hitting a portable toilet illustrates the consequences of too little lift and too much wind. The balloon had insufficient lift to clear ground obstacles, and the wind carried the balloon too far, too fast. The lesson: make sure there’s nil wind before launching (or landing). No idea whether the […]

Cessna 206 Medical Transport Plane Crashes in Lake Michigan

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 — David Evans


Cessna 206 Medical Transport Plane Crashes in Lake Michigan

A single-engine light plane carrying a patient to the Mayo Clinic crashed into Lake Michigan on Friday, 23 July, raising concerns about the safety of general aviation. The airplane was flown by a private pilot who had volunteered to transport the patient from Alma to Rochester, MI. The airplane was not flown by an emergency […]

Fired For Refusing to Fly Through an Ash loud

Monday, May 17, 2010 — David Evans


A captain for Spanish airline Vueling, owned by Spanish flag carrier Iberia, was fired 15 May after being deemed unprofessional for refusing flights through the volcanic ash cloud that has plagued the European airline industry since April. His contract was terminated after he made the decision not to operate flights out of Barcelona, Spain — […]

Be Careful Out On the Ramp!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 — David Evans


The inside of the engine nacelle was a bloody ring, all that was left of a mechanic sucked into the engine. The medical examiner’s report and photographs were released 11 May by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to maintenance inspectors with the admonition to remind airlines of the need to exercise caution when working around […]

FAA’s Position on Volcanic Ash: Be Careful, Don’t Tell Us

Saturday, May 1, 2010 — David Evans


The Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) published 22 April on volcanic ash can be characterized in a single sentence: “You all just be careful out there, ya hear?” The SAIB was issued two days after flights to and from Europe were cleared. (See Aviation Safety Journal, ‘New Standard Permits Airlines to Fly Into Volcanic Ash’) […]

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