Fear of flying and how to deal with it

Four Reasons Why People Fear Plane Crashes and Why They Should Let Go of that Fear (guest author: Courtney Henderson) The fear of flying is a legitimate phobia that can ground someone for life. Despite statistics reminding us how safe … Continue reading

In remembrance of civilian pilots who took part in World War II

Remembrance Day is also a time to reflect on the role civilian pilots played in World War II, especially those hired by the Ferry Command. They helped establish a vital air link between aircraft production facilities in North America and the … Continue reading

AF447 – Rio to Paris Air France Crash

   The reason this blogger is not responding to the new book on AF447 released last week is that the BEA (+ EASA now?) still has to determine what instruments were in fact available to the 3 pilots in the … 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

2011 Most Important Transportation Safety Tips

   A list of ten (10) major transportation safety tips was released today, June 23, 2011, by the American National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  The NTSB’s transportation safety jurisdiction covers more than civil aviation.     CivAv.com considers it equally important to pass on the … 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

Rio to Paris AF447 tragedy: black boxes retrieved and readable. What next?

   The Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data recorder, a.k.a: “the black boxes” (so called despite their orange colour) have been recovered nearly two years after Air France flight AF447 from Rio to Paris went down for unknown reasons … Continue reading

Trans-Pacific Flight into Japan as Major Earthquake Unravels

   The following is an account by a presumed DELTA pilot landing soon after a catastrophic earthquake hit in Japan, a month ago today.    There is no way to verify the veracity of this account other than by relying on the author’s plain … Continue reading

A Selection of Recent of Aviation News

Below are significant news items collected from various civil aviation news sources in recent days: 1) The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.S. Department of Transport, the European Union and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed an agreement … Continue reading

787 Crosswind Testing and Update on Suborbital Flight

This post is an update of two unrelated topics: first, the recent flight testing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with references to the Airbus A-380, and, second, the future of suborbital flight  starting with space tourism possibly followed years later by suborbital public transport.    Let’s start … Continue reading