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The Ironic Tragedy of Germanwings Flight 9525

Thursday, April 2, 2015
By George Hatcher
The Ironic Tragedy of Germanwings Flight 9525

Cockpit door designed to lock trouble out locks in Suicidal Pilot Pasadena, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 04/02/2015 — As an advocate (not a lawyer) of fair compensation for the victims of plane crashes, I have been closely following the story behind the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 and the now notorious 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas... »

NTSB Recommends More Sophisticated Flight Tracking Technologies

Friday, January 23, 2015
By George Hatcher
NTSB Recommends More Sophisticated Flight Tracking Technologies

In the wake of recent aviation tragedies, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued new recommendations, on January 22, aimed at enhancing the flight tracking technologies. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the NTSB said, “Recent events have highlighted that recovering flight data can be costly and difficult when an... »

Alert: Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
By George Hatcher
Alert: Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude

timely recognition and appropriate response Download article as PDF »

Alert: Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
By George Hatcher
Alert: Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance

pilot safety first, vigilance Download article as PDF »

Should Lithium Battery Transport be banned on Passenger jets?

Friday, April 18, 2014
By George Hatcher

The conversation about forbidding the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft is based on fire risk these batteries present. Current fire control systems cannot suppress lithium metal battery fires, but the fears are that banning the transport will result in driving the shipment “underground.” What do you think should be... »

ICAO’s Dangerous Goods Panel Proposes Ban on Lithium Batteries in Passenger Planes

Thursday, April 17, 2014
By George Hatcher
ICAO’s Dangerous Goods Panel Proposes Ban on Lithium Batteries in Passenger Planes

A recent meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP), held in Montreal, discussed the proposal for banning lithium batteries as cargo in passenger air crafts. According to the meeting report, the DGP agreed to prohibit lithium batteries in cargo, except those which are packed or contained in some equipment or... »

When Lady Luck Turns Away

Thursday, April 17, 2014
By John King

Incidents and Accidents. Behind every accident, there are many incidents. Accidents may be defined as involving fatalities and incidents as those many smaller events seemingly unconnected from any others. The importance of incidents has gotten little respect but for two obscure references. The industry recognized Heinrich Pyramid says “…. for every accident that causes... »

Business Jet India and SpanAir’s Planes Grounded for Violating Safety Norms

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
By George Hatcher

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India, grounded two business jets belonging to Business Jet India Private Limited and Span Air for violating safety norms during its safety audit of non-scheduled operators (NSOPs). During the inspection of the Cessna aircraft belonging to Business Jets India, the aviation regulator found that the crew on-board... »

ICAO Declares Nepal as 45% Non-Compliant

Saturday, April 12, 2014
By George Hatcher
ICAO Declares Nepal as 45% Non-Compliant

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has declared Nepal as 7% percent more non-compliant than the global average of 38%. After an on-site audit during the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme , ICAO has given a non-compliance rating of 45% to Nepal. The audit report states that this high rating is due to the negligence of... »

IATA Releases 2013 Commercial Aviation Safety Performance Statistics

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By George Hatcher
IATA Releases 2013 Commercial Aviation Safety Performance Statistics

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the 2013 commercial aviation performance statistics. According to IATA, more than 3 billion people enjoyed safe air travel last year, through 36.4 million flights. 81 air accidents happened throughout the year, out of which 16 were fatal. The total fatalities in commercial aviation accidents were 210, as... »

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