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Air France 447 and “The automation Paradox”

Viernes, 13 de julio de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

A deadly combination of pilot confusion, “warning system ergonomics” design and ¬†inadequate pilot training were responsible for the crash of Air France Flight 447 on 1 June 2009.¬†This is the conclusion reached by the BEA (Bureau d’Enqu√™tes et d’Analyses pour la s√©curit√© de l’aviation civile), the French authority responsible for carrying out safety investigations relating to accidents or serious incidents in civil aviation, in its final report into the crash. BEA’s 224-page report indicated that the aircraft might have been flown out of danger if the pilots had realized the situation they were facing.

 

And what this has to do with Automation Paradox?¬† ….

Let’s follow reading this interesting article written by Robert N ¬†Charette in IEEE Spectrum¬† risk analysis blog, featuring daily news, updates and analysis on computing and IT projects, software and systems failures, successes and innovations, security threats, and more

 

 

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Air France 447 Rio Janeiro-Paris Final Report

Viernes, 6 de julio de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

Une action erron√©e du copilote alors aux commandes de l’avion, peut-√™tre induit en ¬†erreur par le directeur de vol, un instrument informatique. Selon le rapport final du Bureau d’enqu√™tes et d’analyses, et m√™me si celui-ci pointe d’autres facteurs, il s’agit de la cause essentielle ayant conduit l’AF¬†447 d’Air France faisant la liaison entre Rio de Janeiro et Paris √† s’ab√ģmer dans l’oc√©an Atlantique, le 1er¬†juin 2009 (228 morts).

 

** AF 447 Accident Final ENGLISH Report   26,6 MB  -224 pages-

¬†¬†¬†¬† BEA¬† (Bureau d’enqu√™tes et d’analyses¬†pour la s√©curit√© de l‚Äôaviation civile¬†)

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Minist√®re de l ‚Äô√Čcologie, du D√©veloppement durable, des Transports et du Logement¬†

     France/ July 2012 

** Les dernières minutes du vol AF447  (Infographie-Le Monde)

Breaking the Mishap Chain

Lunes, 11 de junio de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

This book that we recommend is about “Human Factors Lessons Learned from Aerospace ¬†Accidents and Incidents in Research, Flight¬†Test, and Development” .It contains a collection of case studies of mishaps involving experimental aircraft, aerospace vehicles, and spacecraft in which human factors played a significant role. It is offered as a learning tool so that future organizations, programs, and projects may not be destined to repeat the mistakes of the past and is highly advisable for someone devoted to aeromedical field.

 

** Breaking the mishap chain

      By Peter W. Merlin, Gregg A. Bendrick, and Dwight A. Holland

FAA Investigating 80 Year Old’s Skydive Mishap -Video-

Miércoles, 30 de mayo de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

One 80 year old grandmother’s terrifying skydive is being investigated by the FAA after it went viral. The video was created by The Parachute Center, a skydiving company in Acampo, Calif., as a memento for jumpers to take home after their airborne adventures.It shows a woman named Laverne having second thoughts right before her jump, but the instructor scoops her up and they fall out of the plane…

 

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Business aviation safety report over 20 years

Jueves, 10 de mayo de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis 2 comentarios

There is a long-term favourable trend in business-jet fatal accident rates – and a significant improvement during the past three years which will be remarkable if sustained. That is the judgement of Paul Hayes, senior safety analyst at Flightglobal‘s data and consultancy division Ascend. During the 1990s, the rate in question was one fatal accident per 600 aircraft, while for the 2000s it has been one per 900 aircraft. On this basis, 2011 was the safest year ever for the class and continues the safety improvement trend that has halved the accident rate in the past 10 years…

 

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Aviation safety suffers further setback after Helios conviction

Jueves, 3 de mayo de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis 1 comentario

A Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer has received a 10 year prison sentence by an ¬†Athens court for allegedly not resetting a cockpit switch following maintenance on the Helios Airways Boeing 737-300 which crashed into a mountain near Athens in 2005 after its oxygen supply failed and the pilots and most of the passengers fell unconscious. It is difficult to grasp how aviation safety can be improved if the legal process surrounding an aircraft accident allows an engineer to be condemned to a prison sentence based on an “assumption” that a cockpit Switch (critical to flight safety) was set in the incorrect position….

 

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Duty Time and Fatigue Video

Fatigue is one of the threats to flight safety. Long hours of activity may decrease the ability of the crew. Rest and  Flight Duty Times regulations  are essential countermeasures to prevent the effects of fatigue on performance. Humor is just one way for not forgetting it ¡

The “toxic” Captain : How to identify?

Lunes, 16 de abril de 2012 Laura Duque Arrubla Sin comentarios

Shortly after¬†take off from Douala, Cameroon, the pilots of a B737 from Kenya Airlines lost its control . The captain experienced confusion and spatial disorientation and the aircraft entered in an unrecovered spiral dive. Inadecuate operational control, lack of crew coordination and non adherence to standard procedures were among the causes according to Civil Aviation authorities.¬†Research about captain established certain personality traits as “Toxic” Captain capable to make a cockpit environment that can be a safety risk.¬† Let us learn to prevent these behaviors.

Toxic captain:

  • strong character and heightened ego;
  • authoritative and domineering attitude with subordinates;
  • paternalistic attitude;
  • deficiencies in CRM;
  • a ‚Äútouch of arrogance

 

** The Toxic Captain

      Robert I. Baron / Aerosafety World- March 2012

NTSB: Pilot overwhelmed by G-forces in Reno crash

Jueves, 12 de abril de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

The pilot of the P-51 Mustang that crashed at the Reno Air Races last September experienced overwhelming g-forces at the outset of the incident, and likely was incapacitated almost instantly, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.¬†The safety board said the pilot rapidly experienced more than 9 g’s of acceleration, enough to decrease blood flow to his brain and render him unconscious….

 

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Pilot went nuts on board

Jueves, 29 de marzo de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

A Jet Blue flight bound for Las Vegas landed unexpectedly in Amarillo after a “medical situation” arose involving the captain. The airline says in a statement that the pilot in command of Flight 191 from New York then elected to land in the Panhandle of Texas about 10 a.m. Tuesday.¬† The airline says an off-duty captain who happened to be aboard the plane went to the flight deck and took over the duties of the ill captain “once on the ground.”¬†Jet Blue says the ill captain was taken to a medical facility.The airline says the passengers are awaiting another plane to take them on to their destination…

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