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You Don’t Have 15 Minutes for Fame: Stop with the Evacuation Videos Already

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.

Aviation Matters Technically Speaking

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Ban on Planes is Call to Action for Tech, or Should Be

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.

Aviation Safety The Drone Age

Flight Safety Australia Shows How to Fly a Drone Without Becoming a Menace

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.

Aviation Matters

Brussels Attacks, Facts So Far

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.