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Carbon Trading Hits Airline Industry

Thursday, July 7, 2011 — David Evans

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Carbon Trading Hits Airline Industry

The aviation industry is now facing direct actions to abate the growing effects of climate change. The implications for the industry are profound: fewer flights with more passengers, higher ticket prices to offset the costs of environmental pollution, and perhaps even a reduction in the size of the industry as a draconian step to limit […]

2011 ‘Most Wanted’ List Still a Pig in Lipstick

Friday, July 1, 2011 — David Evans

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2011 ‘Most Wanted’ List Still a Pig in Lipstick

The “Most Wanted” list of safety improvements has been upgraded to reflect a more contemporary appearance, but no effort has been devoted to making the list more effective. Result: recommendations deemed especially critical languish on the list for years then disappear into a black hole of unrequited initiatives. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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