Monthly Archives: June 2009

Greetings from Mexico

A quick post from the Yucatan. Ive played the odds most of my life. After giving about 2 seconds consideration to the press hysteria my wife and I went on our planned vacation.

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Twitter, Facebook and more

My webmaster/editor, LaVonne Ellis, has been dragging me (reluctantly) into the 21st century. I was pretty happy in the last one but alas, after last month’s Book Expo of America (in the city so nice they named it twice), it

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Air France 447; is pitot system the cause?

After reading the Australian Transportation Safety Board’s (ATSB) preliminary report I don’t see how it can be. The ATSB report identifies spikes in Angle of Attack (AOA) as the cause of the upset of QANTAS (QF) Flight 72, not airspeed.

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Air France 447; some tough questions

“Without key information from the Airbus A330’s missing data recorders, investigators have focused on the possibility that external speed monitors — Pitot tubes — iced over and gave false readings to the plane’s computers as it flew into thunderstorms.” Why

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Air France 447; faulty computer could have damaged aircraft before Crew could turn it off

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued two Emergency Airworthiness Directives (EAD) involving the ADIRU in December and January. An EAD is different from the bulletin that was issued on the pitot system; an EAD is an immediate requirement as

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