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What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447
SubmittedTwo years after the Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, Air France 447's flight-data recorders finally turned up. The revelations from the pilot transcript paint a surprising picture of chaos in the cockpit, and confusion between the pilots that led to the crash. Read more: Air France 447 Flight-Data Recorder Transcript - What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447 - Popular Mechanics (www.popularmechanics.com) More...
The co-designer of the F-16 on why the F-35 is a failure [video]
SubmittedCBC The Fifth Estate interview with Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16. (www.youtube.com) More...
Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why
SubmittedMillions of Americans who got on a plane over the Thanksgiving holiday heard the admonition: “Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff.” And absolutely everyone obeyed. I know they did because no planes fell from the sky. No planes had to make an emergency landing because the avionics went haywire. No planes headed for Miamiended up in Anchorage. We were all made safe because we all turned off all our Kindles, iPads, iPhones, BlackBerrys and laptops, just as the Federal Aviation… (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) More...
On the Typography of Flight-Deck Documentation
SubmittedMany types of paper documentation are employed on the flight-deck. They range from a simple checklist card to a bulky Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM). Some of these documentation have typographical and graphical deficien- cies; yet, many cockpit tasks such as conducting checklists, way-point entry, limitations and performance calculations, and many more, require the use of these documents. Moreover, during emergency and abnormal situations, the flight crews’ effectiveness in combating the situation… (ti.arc.nasa.gov) More...
Disruptions: Time to Review F.A.A. Policy on Gadgets
SubmittedOn Monday morning I’m going to drive to the airport, check in for my flight to New York, then head to the airport bookstore for a stack of magazines to read on the plane. I’ll do this reluctantly because I will carry both an Amazon Kindle and an Apple iPad packed full of reading material in my bag. (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) More...
Why You Can't Read a Kindle During Take-Off—4 Theories
SubmittedThanks to the scores of people who have responded overnight to my item saying that the airline insistence that "any device with an On-Off switch must be switched OFF" was another installment of security theater. I'll try to digest and respond to some of them later on. For now, a few sample messages representing the main schools of thought. (www.theatlantic.com) More...
Surf Air: Unlimited Pilatus Flights for $1k/mo
SubmittedInteresting business model: All-you-can-fly first-class for $1,000/mo between Palo Alto/Monterey/Santa Barbara/LA. (www.surfair.com) More...
How Airline Ticket Prices Fell 50% in 30 Years (and Why Nobody Noticed)
SubmittedThere are many sad stories to tell about the U.S. economy, but here's some good news for everybody, from radical capitalists to consumer advocates: The incredible falling price of flying (www.theatlantic.com) More...
Turning Off iPhone Critical to Pilots Citing Interference
SubmittedThe regional airliner was climbing past 9,000 feet when its compasses went haywire, leading pilots several miles off course until a flight attendant persuaded a passenger in row 9 to switch off an Apple Inc. iPhone. (www.bloomberg.com) More...
Google/Lifehacker Challenge: Where on Earth?
SubmittedHere is a picture I took on a trip a few years ago. Although it seems crazy hard (bordering on impossible), by working just with the information in this picture, can you: 1. Figure out how long the runway is? 2. What's the lat/long for this airport? You'll have to think like a detective to figure this one out. (lifehacker.com) More...
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