In a troubling trend, Friday’s emergency evacuation of American Airlines flight AA383 at Chicago O’Hare airport was recorded by a passenger on his mobile phone for posterity those 15-minutes of fame.
The trend of people stopping to video their evacuation is troubling. Passengers stopping to take possessions they believe they can’t live without is bad. Passengers stopping to take video which they and the rest of the world can definitely live without is worse.
News of the FAA’s ban on use of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on aircraft followed shortly after Australian carriers had implemented their own voluntary ban over concerns that some devices have spontaneously ignited.
But while the focus is on problems with the Galaxy Note 7 these incidents are symptomatic of a bigger issue: the inherent violent flammability of Lithium-Ion batteries with which have posed a threat to aviation for years.
An Emirates 777 aircraft crash landed at Dubai Airport but what could have been a terrible tragedy resulted in a swift evacuation of the aircraft in… Read More »Emirates’ Handling of EK521 is Proof of Exceptional Training Standards
Due to a recent incident of a Pokémon GO Player interfering with the safety of flyers at the terminal, Copenhagen Airport has issued a special, very bright, very attention-getting Airside Safety Alert. It warns Pokémon GO Players against hunting on airport grounds.
Etihad Airways has released a statement on a severe turbulence incident onboard its flight EY474 from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta on 4 May 2016.
The UK CAA has issued a statement of a revised safety policy, with immediate effect, following the tragic crash of a helicopter outside of Bergen,… Read More »UK CAA Halts Passenger Flights on Airbus EC225LP After Norway Tragedy
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are becoming wildly popular around the world, have many practical applications, and can help produce breathtaking cinematography.
But concern over safe operations has grown along with their popularity. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) has put together this charming animated video with top tips on enjoying your new drone, without becoming a menace.
Aeropatent has discovered a new patent submitted by German aircraft seat manufacturer, Recaro, for an airbag deployment system which would protect passengers from head and… Read More »Can Recaro’s New Airbags Make Premium Seats Safer?
This has been a heartbreaking morning in Europe with news of the attacks on Brussels Airport and the Brussels Metro Station.
I only have words to express solidarity with the people of Belgium, and my deepest condolences to all affected.
Today is Apple’s Yay! New Product Day! Meh. As a long-time fan of Apple, writing this on an Apple computer, I am strongly indifferent about today’s reveals. I… Read More »Dear Apple: I’d Get Really Excited If You Fixed this Mess
Through a joint initiative, Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) will optimise the airspace and airport capacity in Europe, reducing flight times, aircraft fuel burn, and associated CO2 emissions.
Dubbed the Iris Service Evolution program, Inmarsat will head a consortium of more than 30 companies across the aviation industry who will collaborate to develop a technical, commercial and operational roadmap for Europe’s long-term air traffic communications demand.
Alitalia is the official airline partner of the newly created Iris consortium.
The Department of Transportation has now issued a formal ban on the usage and carriage of e-cigarettes on commercial and some chartered flights.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the final rule today which will apply “to all scheduled flights of U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S.,” the USDOT writes.
Aviation works every day at getting better. Sometimes it succeeds and other times, well..it takes a leap backwards.
In honour of leap-day, I thought we could review some of the many leaps aviation has taken over the past year.
Perhaps these will inspire and encourage more innovation and improvement in future.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the Thai government to address critical issues of safety, capacity and costs. “Aviation is critical to Thailand’s… Read More »Thailand Must “Address Critical Safety” and “Shore-Up Competitiveness”, IATA Warns
Alitalia has issued a statement of an incident of laser interference with flight crew on the aircraft carrying Pope Francis during his mission to Mexico.
Crew on flight AZ4000 reported on Friday 12 February, that during the landing phase of flight at Mexico City Airport, they were flashed by a laser light pointed at the aircraft. The Airbus A330 was transporting the Pontiff Havana to Mexico City.
In a meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aviation leaders during the Singapore Airshow, FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, has signed a milestone Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP) agreement… Read More »FAA Signs Milestone Collaborative Agreement with CAAS at Singapore Air Show
Like nearly everyone else on the planet connected to the internet (actually nearly 33 Million out of over 3 Billion, but who’s doing the maths?),… Read More »How S7 Helped OK Go Make Maybe the Best Safety Video in the History of Ever
Shortly after a new SAFO issued by the FAA on the carriage of Lithium batteries, the NTSB calls for stringent regulations of Lithium Ion battery carriage in… Read More »NTSB Finds Crash of Asiana Airlines 991 Calls for More Stringent Controls on Lithium Batteries
“FAA battery fire testing has highlighted the potential risk of a catastrophic aircraft loss due to damage resulting from a lithium battery fire or explosion. Current cargo fire suppression systems cannot effectively control a lithium battery fire. As a result of those tests, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus have advised airlines about the dangers associated with carrying lithium batteries as cargo and also have encouraged them to conduct safety risk assessments,” the agency states.