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AeroSafety World August 2012 68 pages.

Few accidents in modern aviation have attracted as much attention as that involving Air France 447, which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009. All 228 occupants were killed, and the crash provoked much discussion about the pilots’ actions and the airplane’s automation. After lengthy investigation, a nearly 300-page final report has been issued. Mark Lacagnina distills the report’s findings for an account of what appears to have happened in the cockpit on that fateful night.

Other articles include a survey of human factors in helicopter accidents; the entry of young, “Gen Y” professionals in operational safety positions; techniques for avoiding or calming tension between pilots on the flight deck; and a new look at airport ground damage and its mitigation. [Download PDF 7.3M]


Sustained Stall (Text only)

Blocked pitot tubes, excessive control inputs and cockpit confusion doomed Air France 447. [Download PDF 5 pages. 456K]

Multicultural CRM (Text only)

Airlines must adopt culture-specific training if they are to capitalize on the strengths of crewmembers of all nationalities. [Download PDF 5 pages. 485K]

Positive Space for Gen Y (Text only)

Fascination with generational differences among today’s working aviation professionals has moved beyond specialists in recruiting and training to others with direct responsibilities for operational safety. [Download PDF 6 pages. 602K]

Angry Birds (Text only)

How to prevent hazardous emotions in the cockpit. [Download PDF 4 pages. 274K]

Persistent Problem (Text only)

Although annual accident rates for U.S.-registered civil helicopters decreased and leveled off in the past decade the role of human error — primarily pilot error — persists. [Download PDF 5 pages. 531K]

Straight to the Source (Text Only)

Without waiting for accidents or incidents to occur, the FAA has found a way to identify and correct potential risks. Two FAA voluntary safety reporting programs for front-line employees already are producing results. [Download PDF 4 pages. 363K]

Covering the Ground (Text Only)

A ground accident program, ground damage database and revised ground handling services agreement promise to reduce ground damage. [Download PDF 5 pages. 504K]


Executive’s Message | Seminars and Summits (Text only)

One way to look at a Flight Safety Foundation seminar is that we provide a “deep dive” into safety-related topics. [Download PDF 1 page. 128K]

Editorial Page | Startle Effect (Text only)

The final report of France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyse did not contain any real surprises, but it did, among other things, shine a spotlight on training needs, situational awareness, crew resource management and the “startle effect.” [Download PDF 1 page. 115K]

Air Mail | Letters From Our Readers (Text only)

I read with great interest the article discussing SMS by William Voss and the letter by Jeff Whitman and I have to agree with both of them on their assessments. [Download PDF 1 page. 157K]

Foundation Focus | Making Strides In Latin America (Text only)

In an effort to expand our reach in the region, the Foundation is proud to partner with the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA). [Download PDF 1 page. 159K]

Safety Calendar | Industry Events (Text only)

A listing of aviation safety-related conferences, seminars and meetings. [Download PDF 1 page. 112K]

In Brief | Safety News (Text only)

French aviation accident investigators are calling for better coordination of search and rescue plans in maritime and remote areas. Recommendations accompanying the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses final report on the June 1, 2009, crash of an Air France Flight 447. [Download PDF 3 pages. 430K]

Data Link | Progress Report (Text only)

The 2011 record showed reductions in two of the most serious accident types, runway excursions and approach and landing accidents. [Download PDF 4 pages. 428K]

Info Scan | After Shock (Text only)

An uncontained engine failure began an in-flight drama to save Qantas Flight 32. [Download PDF 3 pages. 86K]

On Record | Long Float Leads to Overrun (Text only)

The following information provides an awareness of problems in the hope that they can be avoided in the future. The information is based on final reports by official investigative authorities on aircraft accidents and incidents. [Download PDF 8 pages. 495K]


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