Appeal proceedings in the matter of the July 2000 supersonic Concorde crash in Paris

   The Concorde crash judicial saga goes on. In December 2010, more than ten years after the crash of the Air France supersonic Concorde at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, a lower court in France returned a verdict of guilty of manslaughter … Continue reading




Airline Flight Automation

   Is automation or, conceivably artificial intelligence, gradually taking manual flight control away from airline pilots?    This is a tough question few aviation experts are willing to face head-on.  Yet, given the spate of mishaps involving highly automated airliners and resulting in in-flight incidents and, much less … Continue reading




Aviation Safety Culture : Don’t shoot the piano player

   Once again, in connection with the 2009 Air France AF447 Rio to Paris flight, there have been some lousy finger-pointing exercises. For some reason, each time a new possible clue or fact leaks from the ongoing analysis of the precious recovered black boxes, … Continue reading




Supersonic Concorde legal saga not over yet.

Criminal proceedings into the deadly Concorde crash opened in early 2010, more than 10 years after the event. The resulting trial judgment issued on December 6, 2010, which laid criminal liability on one Continental Airlines mechanic and consequently on his employer, is doubtful. In fact, most of the defendants, … Continue reading




A tale of two views on the present Concorde trial

“NOT ONLY MUST JUSTICE BE DONE, BUT JUSTICE MUST ALSO BE SEEN TO BE DONE.” THE CASE OF THE CONCORDE CRASH IN JULY  2000, AT ROISSY AIRPORT, PARIS.    Ah, the wonderful world of aviation together with a volcano eruption in … Continue reading




European Union to adopt new rules for preventing and investigating aviation accidents

On October 30, 2009, news came that the European Commission would issue rules for the prevention and investigation of aviation accidents and incidents in member countries. The rule-making powers of the EU Commission will be expanded from its present focus on aircraft certification to include the power to set … Continue reading




A Surprising Type of Flying Boat…

… in the ultralight (or microlight) category. The story linked below, complete with photos and video, just came in through YachtPals, a major website dedicated mainly to sailing.   Click here to access this most interesting new (or modernized ?) concept of flying boats.        … Continue reading