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”

Air Asia 8501 Crash: Cause is No Mystery-Thunderstorms Can Kill

In the 1931 novel “Night Flight” by Saint-Exupéry, we learn that even intrepid pioneering aviation heroes in the end are not match for thunderstorms in Patagonia.  We find out that thunderstorms can and will kill. We loose the wonderful hero of this timeless novel, a story of some of the earliest commercial night mail pilots.Continue reading “Air Asia 8501 Crash: Cause is No Mystery-Thunderstorms Can Kill”

AF 447: High Altitude Stall or Swept Wing Stall? Did the Mishap Investigation Boards Make a Fundamental Aerodynamic Error?

The mishap investigation boards have given a less than aerodynamically correct presentation of “high altitude stalls” in the 2009 Loss of Control LOC mishap investigation of AF 447 and the  2005 Loss of Control LOC mishap in Venezuela of a West Caribbean Colombian MD82. The result is that these mishap investigation reports are not puttingContinue reading “AF 447: High Altitude Stall or Swept Wing Stall? Did the Mishap Investigation Boards Make a Fundamental Aerodynamic Error?”

Safety Purpose vs the Legal Purpose: Why the Safety Purpose Works: are you looking and leading forward or backward?

Safety Purpose vs the Legal Purpose: Why the Safety Purpose Works: are you looking and leading forward or backward? The Safety Purpose seeks the cause of mishaps and tries to determine procedures to immediately and forever prevent a re-occurrence. The Legal Purpose on the other hand attempts to find fault or blame for injury andContinue reading “Safety Purpose vs the Legal Purpose: Why the Safety Purpose Works: are you looking and leading forward or backward?”

Air France 447 and Jean-Pierre Otelli, “Piloting Error, Volume 5”

Heard about the book today.  Jean-Pierre Otelli  who specializes in aviation safety, publishes his book “Piloting Error, Volume 5” today. But in my opinion, he only re-analyses the facts collected in BEA’s report.  I believe that the BEA’s report is seriously flawed and the book adds little to mishap prevention. Would you like proof thatContinue reading “Air France 447 and Jean-Pierre Otelli, “Piloting Error, Volume 5””

AF447: What will they find in Black Boxes?

Could new attempts to raise black boxes by investigators of the AF447 disaster be nothing more than attempts to exonerate all responsible parties? Has Airbus, Air France, the FAA or any other manufacturer or regulator conducted testing inside 70,000 ft thunderstorms? Have French officials, Air France, Airbus or the FAA been able to explain whyContinue reading “AF447: What will they find in Black Boxes?”