Primed and Ready for an Error (NASA Callback 418)

Expectation bias, fueled by familiar precursors to a “line up and wait” clearance, led this B737 flight crew to enter the runway prematurely. We were holding short of Runway 06L and takeoffs and landings were being conducted on the runway. The Captain had mentioned that he had a commute to catch at [our destination] and we were issued a wheels up…

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EasyJet A320 loses cowl on take-off from Milan

One of EasyJet’s Airbus A320s sustained cowling damage to one of its engines shortly after take-off from Milan Malpensa, forcing a return to the airport. The aircraft had been operating flight 2715 to Lisbon on 12 August when, according to the carrier, it suffered a “technical issue” with one of its CFM International CFM56 engines. EasyJet says the aircraft landed safely “using both…

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Cowl doors missing from both engines on BA A319

K investigators have opened an inquiry into the British Airways Airbus A319 incident at London Heathrow which resulted in substantial damage to both engines. Images show that the fan cowl doors on both engines have been torn away, with clear discolouration on the rear of the starboard International Aero Engines V2500 powerplant. The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it has started…

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Bombardier Safety Standdown 2013: Creating a Safety Culture

Aviation “safety’s in a rut,” Dr. Tony Kern told attendees at the Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita this fall. The key to getting out of that rut, he said, is to make pilots realize they can’t rest on today’s safety record. Kern is the CEO of Convergent Performance, a Colorado-based human-performance consulting company, and the author of…

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Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems

The FAA have now published the Final Report of the Flight Deck Automation Working Group delivered to them on 8 September 2013. It is an extremely thorough evidence-based assessment of the problems which have accompanied the rapid advance in the level of automation. It is also the first comprehensive review of the subject since a 1996 FAA…

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