The proposed program, presented as a way to study the danger of pilot drug use in aircraft accidents, is bad oversight, bad science, and bad news.
It’s good to know people who went through aviation history and who saw big changes. I’m talking transformative technology introductions, like all-metal monocoque construction, the opposed air-cooled engine, the turbine engine, GPS and computers in the cockpit. Advances like these have reshaped aviation again and again since even before Kitty Hawk. Still, every time a more »
The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 at Addis Ababa has never been a complete mystery. The accident, which claimed the life of all 157 onboard, seemed from the beginning likely to be related to the MCAS system that Boeing installed on the 737 Max to help it pass its flying qualities tests with the more »
A preliminary report from investigators on the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, as you doubtless have heard, looks to be another case of a new flight control augmentation system responding to bad data from an angle of attack sensor and putting the aircraft out of control. That system, as you surely know by now, more »
Piper, Garmin and Continental’s teaming on a new trainer is the beginning of a movement that has been long in coming.
The response from Boeing and the FAA to the twin tragedies just five months apart has already done much damage. Why that is so and what they need to do to fix it.
The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max loss of control was eerily similar to that of the Lion 737 Max, which crashed outside Jakarta in October. You should find that frightening.
As you’ve doubtless heard by now, Boeing has bought app developer ForeFlight. Boeing also owns Jeppesen, a company that has the best aviation navigation data in the world, and has for many, many decades. Jeppesen’s aeronautical charts, “Jepps” for short, are the gold standard because they’re accurate, boast a world-class user experience, and they span more »
The Wall Street Journal again fails to understand aviation in spinning a tale about the mega-jumbo’s modest production life.
The tragic crash was unusual in a few ways, some of them easy to understand, others we might never get to the bottom of.
Is the aerospace giant’s announcement of an autonomous quadcopter a vote of confidence, or something else?
The partial government shutdown is in Day 19, and things are getting bad. They could soon be worse.
A reflection on the sad state of ignorance among pilots regarding how our airplanes fly.
Part of the job of an aviation journalist is to write about things that are really hard to write about.
There is a definite correlation among airspeed, stopping power, braking action, and available runway. The math is really complicated, but pilots are really good at getting it right. Most of the time, that is.
Remembering a private tour of the incredible Antonov An-225 Mriya.
Why are people fascinated by airline crashes? And what are the reporter’s ethical obligations when investigators keep the public largely in the dark?
The historically mostly stable relationship between military and civilian flying jobs has changed and could be devastating to military aviation.