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”

How the NTSB, FAA and BEA Add to the Aviation Disaster Tragedy

Safety Mishap Investigations are intended to prevent the same mishap from ever happening again, from ever reoccurring. But what often really does go on during the investigations conducted by NTSB, FAA, BEA, ATSB and other national boards around the world? Here is my opinion, here is a look into what often goes on in theContinue reading “How the NTSB, FAA and BEA Add to the Aviation Disaster Tragedy”

Go Arounds, Missed Approaches and variations?

I would like to suggest that each reader spend a few minutes thinking about how many different procedures that their airline or aviation organization has for conducting a missed approach and/or a go around. Your first reaction might be “Just one.” But take another minute and consider the variations. Each aircraft type has a slightlyContinue reading “Go Arounds, Missed Approaches and variations?”