Human Factor

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JFK TWR & Kuwaiti 117, learned carelessness not acceptable to the controller

Bad habits die hard. Follow rules so that they do not set in the first place.

Wasp

Wasp nesting in Pitot Probe cause Pilot probes

Wasps and other foreign objects blocking the Pitot Probes have caused aircraft accident, compromised aviation safety. The aircraft instruments that are affected in most of the events are related to air speed which is vital for takeoffs. The cognitive load of the crew increases since there is a need for analysis at critical stages of …

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What do you do when the airplane fails to liftoff?

We have read about the Sharjah incident where the crew took off from the shorter end of the runway. The Captain realised the mistake, gave maximum thrust and selected a higher flap setting. Managed to get airborne safely and an accident was averted. In 2019-20 there have been two incidents in the U.K. where the …

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Could Airbus 320 NEO have a Center of Gravity issue?

I have been observing the Airbus A320 NEO center of gravity very keenly. It surprises and I want readers of the blog to help me understand this peculiar movement. The aircraft center of gravity moves beyond(Aft) the zero fuel weight center of gravity in flight. Would it not limit itself to the zero fuel weight …

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