New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aircraft News Asia / Pacific) Mon, Jan 5, 2015
Qantas retires the Boeing 767 from revenue service Qantas completed the retirement of its Boeing 767-300(ER) fleet from commercial operations on Tuesday, December 27, 2014. The type's last revenue flight - from Melbourne Tullamarine to Sydney Kingford Smith - was operated by VH-OGL (msn 25363) and marked the end of a 29 year-long relationship with the Australian carrier. Sun, Jan 4, 2015
Pieces of Debris Believed to be from AirAsia Flight Located in Java Sea A total of four large pieces thought to be from AirAsia flight QZ8501 were located underwater, CNN reported. Chief Bambang Sulistyo, head of IndonesiaOs search and rescue agency stated that the latest sonar hit was of an object 59 feet long located in the prime search area. Another appeared to be a piece of the fuselage, a wall with what looked like passenger windows. Finding the Oblack boxO is the main focus of the 59 diving teams along with surface ships are aircraft, who will be sticking to a 1,575-square-nautical-mile zone. The clock is ticking for body recovery, as once internal gases keeping them afloat disperse, they will sink to the bottom of the sea, said Anton Castilani, the individual in charge of identifying the dead. Fingerprints, dental records, and DNA are all being utilized in this effort. Some families do not want autopsies once their loved ones are identified, but East Java Police Chief Anas Yusuf stated, "For the sake of the investigation, we agree, and it is accepted by Interpol, to perform autopsies on the pilot, co-pilot and some randomly selected passengers." Sat, Jan 3, 2015
Loss of control in-flight is responsible for more passenger deaths than any other reason While we cannot be absolutely certain why AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed, the recent history of aviation disasters, which I have studied as a safety analyst for the last three decades, gives us a very good idea. Over the past 20 years, 1,800 airline passengers and crew have been killed because pilots simply lost control of their aircraft. Loss of control in-flight, not caused by any structural or technical problem, has become established as the aviation accident category responsible for more passenger deaths than any other. The FAA working group established that today's pilots have a number of "vulnerabilities". The prime one is that if the automatics fail, the pilots are no longer practised in managing without them. This leads pilots to lose confidence in their own traditional flying abilities, so when things go wrong they have a tendency to try to restore failed automatic systems when, in fact, they should be flying the aircraft to keep it safe. Fri, Jan 2, 2015
2014 was one of the deadliest years for plane crashes in recent memory Aviation safety levels reached a record high in 2014. "There have been some significant safety improvements since 2000," said Harro Ranter, president of Aviation Safety Network. "It should be reassuring that the safety level is very high at the moment." 2014 was one of the deadliest years for plane crashes in recent memory. But aviation safety experts say that's no reason to avoid flying...