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




Bush Pilots: where the real flying was and is

   What is real flying?  Tricky question. A good one, though, one that, for the sake of animated discussion, has to do with  the essence of flying and deserves a crack at a straight-forward and meaningful answer, especially in the present era of glass cockpits and fly-by-wire control … 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




Judge’s Decision on the July 2000 Crash of Concorde

   Tomorrow Monday, December 6, the judge presiding over the trial of persons prosecuted for their alleged involvement in the crash of an Air France Concorde in Paris in July 2000 is expected to issue her decision months after the public hearings of … 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




2010 Farnborough Aviation Trade Show

   It is heartwarming to see the Boeing Dreamliner making a sure recovery from its delayed production schedule. Boeing deserves renewed faith in the B-787 from potential buyers, not so much because of the recent WTO decision against Airbus, but … Continue reading




New pictures found of pilot and novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Mystery about acclaimed pilot and novelist, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s death deepens after WW2 memorabilia collector’s son hands over photos, unseen so far, of Saint-Exupéry taken before his last flying mission.     Nearly anytime people believe that all has been said and told about a deceased … Continue reading