Being doubly sure before trying to take off can save your life
I shook my head in disbelief while reading the NTSB’s report on the May 31, 2014, nighttime accident involving a Gulfstream G-IV at Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, Mass., which was released a couple of months ago.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Safety Alert to pilots emphasizing the importance of not forgetting about an old-fashioned, low-tech approach to maintaining separation from other aircraft, even while adopting advanced technology throughout the cockpit.
What the NTSB says you need to do after aircraft maintenance
The NTSB might have had in mind the situation I faced when it issued a new Safety Alert notifying pilots of the importance of performing thorough preflight checks when flying an aircraft for the first time after maintenance.
Some crash sites are never found, and it can take a long time to find others
Questions heard with increasing frequency during the first weeks of fruitless searching for Malaysia Air-lines Flight MH370 concerned whether the search would eventually be abandoned, and whether it’s possible that we might never know what happened to the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board.
An aircraft’s stall warning system doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves
Whether it’s a comparatively simple system (a leading-edge vane operates a switch to complete an electrical circuit and sound a horn or illuminate a bulb), or a complex system (which generates signals to activate a stick shaker), a properly operating stall warning system can prevent you from having a really bad day.