Feb 20 2021 Denver United B-777 Pratt and Whitney PW-4000 Turbo Jet Fan Section Engine Failure: FAA Safety Failure as Well? This WAS NOT The First PW-4000 Fan Failure

The Safety Purpose is to prevent dangerous events from reoccurring by eliminating the hazard(s) that caused the initial mishap. But does it appear that the FAA regulators have once again failed at the Safety Purpose? Denver United B-777 with engine failure appears to have been powered by the Pratt and Whitney PW-4000 high bypass rationContinue reading “Feb 20 2021 Denver United B-777 Pratt and Whitney PW-4000 Turbo Jet Fan Section Engine Failure: FAA Safety Failure as Well? This WAS NOT The First PW-4000 Fan Failure”

Kobe Bryant Helicopter Mishap

Kobe Bryant, his family members and traveling companions died in a helicopter flown by a pilot who flew into clouds, then flew into a mountain, instead of turning around and remaining clear of clouds and safely above terrain. The first set of questions that come to the forefront are these: Was the pilot instrument ratedContinue reading “Kobe Bryant Helicopter Mishap”

Runway Excursions: OFF The Side and OFF The End

I see FSF just issued a new Action Plan for preventing com’l acft RW excursions: https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Global_Action_Plan_for_the_Prevention_of_Runway_Excursions_(GAPPRE)?ct=t%28%23703+Global+Action+Plan+for+the+Prevention+of%29 However, I noticed three glaring omissions, in my opinion: Flightcrew Landing Training. FAA Part 121 Landing Procedures FAA Runway Engineering  Yes, the FAA has requirements for approach training, but landing training is not emphasized other than currency. As context,Continue reading “Runway Excursions: OFF The Side and OFF The End”

New Ideas on AF 447 Stall Recognition & Stall Recovery Procedures

AF-447 Stall Recognition: Were the Air France 447 Airbus 300-200 flight crew members trained in stall recognition by: A) Angle of Attack (AoA) based stall warning alarm system or B) Loss in altitude, as displayed on the altimeter, due to loss of lift? C) Both A and B D) Neither A nor B? 1. AContinue reading “New Ideas on AF 447 Stall Recognition & Stall Recovery Procedures”

B737 MAX MCAS: Maneuvering Characteristics or Stability Augmentation or Stall Recovery?

Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators was written by Harry Hurt in 1959 and published by the US Navy in 1960. It is still in print and is still in use as an authoritative handbook for pilots to learn the aerodynamics behind the safe operation of aircraft through all areas of the flight envelope. Whether going veryContinue reading “B737 MAX MCAS: Maneuvering Characteristics or Stability Augmentation or Stall Recovery?”

Is the B737MAX Angle of Attack Comparator Systems news story a Distraction from Two Critical Safety Issues?

Is the discussion about the optional equipment of B737MAX angle of attack AoA data comparator systems diverting the discussion from two of the most central safety issues, safety hazard reporting and rapid response, and the full extent of flight crew training? Why ask that question? First, the specific hazard of a malfunctioning AoA probe and/orContinue reading “Is the B737MAX Angle of Attack Comparator Systems news story a Distraction from Two Critical Safety Issues?”

B737 MAX: Issues of Boeing and the FAA

In my opinion, the issue is not that the flight crew received “aircraft differences training” (systems, limits and operating procedures differences between the B737-800 and B737-900, and the B737 MAX) on an iPad. Don’t shoot the messenger. The use of an iPad as a syllabus media is not invalid and may be likened to readingContinue reading “B737 MAX: Issues of Boeing and the FAA”

Skybrary is a Superb and Up-to-Date Safety Resource

http://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Portal:Operational_Issues Visit Skybrary for training resources on a wide range of operational issues, human factors and other subjects. By incorporating these training tools into your commercial operation, you may be able to drive your operation towards zero mishaps.✈️

UAE 521, 3 August 16 at Dubai Int’l

Looking at the last few entries of the  flight aware track log for UAE 521, showing significant wind shear is of interest. The Dubai  Int’l weather reported in the Metar is also of interest.     http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAE521/history/20160803/0435Z/VOTV/OMDB/tracklog Metar     OMDB 030900Z 11021KT 3000 BLDU NSC 49/07 Q0993 WS ALL RWY TEMPO 35015KT 1500 [Translated: wind fromContinue reading “UAE 521, 3 August 16 at Dubai Int’l”

Just Culture Arguments

Advocating for a Just Culture, without referencing the logic of a larger safety, legal and administrative contextual framework can take on the appearance of advocating for an exemption to all the laws of all the nations that have developed over all time with respect to one party doing harm to another party. For example, let’sContinue reading “Just Culture Arguments”