Lining Up to Land on a Taxiway?

In low visibility, such as at night, as the sun dawns in a misty morning, or as the sunsets, flight crew members can visually mistake ramps, taxiways, parking lots and other places for the approach areas to the landing runway. Visually, this can pose an unexpected challenge to commercial flights.Here is an actual account fromContinue reading “Lining Up to Land on a Taxiway?”

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”

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?”

Qantas Weight and Balance: Don’t Scrape Your Tail, Instead Hold Your Nose Steady

The below cited flight safety story contains a reference to an ATSB report, about which I have a comment. The story alleges that the report cites an incorrect weight and balance calculation as the problem. They say, “This meant that the captain had to apply a significant amount of back pressure [to the yoke] atContinue reading “Qantas Weight and Balance: Don’t Scrape Your Tail, Instead Hold Your Nose Steady”

Colgan in Buffalo: Pilot error or Inadequate Training?

Can Commercial Airlines Achieve ‘One Level Of Safety’ By Embarking on a Program of ‘One Level of Training’: What is the Relationship Between Training and Safety in Commercial Air Operations? By Captain Paul Miller and Captain David Williams The paper looks at the relationship between training and safety at commercial airlines with a high levelContinue reading “Colgan in Buffalo: Pilot error or Inadequate Training?”