Category Technical

A380s, “Sweet Spots” and Storm Petrels (ver 43, Mar 2017)

  The A380 is a passenger magnet! Update February 2017 Twin engined aircraft are encroaching more on what used to be the quad-engined aircraft’s domain.  The increased capabilities afforded by the expanding rules for Extended Range Operations for twin engine aircraft, means these long range twins can now fly over vast oceans, many hours from […]

Vale one of the world’s greatest pilots

With a sad and heavy heart I learned that aviator and test pilot Captain Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE DSC AFC HonFRAeS Royal Navy died on 21 February 2016. “Winkle” Brown was to British aviation what Chuck Yeager is to the USA aviation.  When you read his life story, it makes James Bond seem like a bit […]

Nancy-Bird Walton’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Update – December 2015 Many great airports are named after famous people. I propose that Sydney Badgerys Creek airport be named “Sydney Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport” in honour of Australia’s greatest aviatrix. Her airport would sit beside “Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport”, named after Australia’s greatest aviator. Click here to read more … Original Post […]

Technical Lessons from QF32

With my suggestions for the Industry Jaanus Torp writes: Hello Richard, I just finished your book and I might say that it is not suitable for before bed reading.  Even though I had read the final report and knew the outcome, I was still quite wired by the masterfully written gripping drama. I have a […]

Technical – QF32’s Hydraulics, Apollo 13 and the “Fog of War”

Mike asks: Hi Richard, Having read your book QF32 and a number of resources available online, please let me ask one question regarding  your video interview on youtube. During the interview, you talk about the decision whether to follow the ECAM instructions to switch off the ENG 4 hydraulic pumps (“5 and 6″), and how you […]

3 Interviews on Black Swans, Resilience & Oshkosh “Theater in the Woods”

Report on Resilience “Resilience – Recovering pilots’ lost flying skills” The Royal Aeronautical Society, London has published the report that I produced after I opened the Flight Simulation Conference at the RAeS in London in November 2014. My report studies the flight safety statistics from 1942 until 2014 and the implications for flight simulation industry. The future […]

Airbus Pilots’ Eyes Only: Better Searching of Airbus FOCT Manuals (ver 2)

Nerd Alert! I compiled this blog in early 2008 for Airbus pilots and ground staff who need to access the Airbus FOCT manuals.   It is written for those who wish to learn more about how to make full use of the impressive (but undocumented) search features in the Airbus FOCT. This blog has NO relevance […]

The Empirical Skeptic and Hacker

Version 10 – July 2016 Viewers of  Air Crash Investigators program have asked me many questions including: Why didn’t we evacuate the A380 immediately after stopping on the runway in Singapore? What are my views about the Malaysian MH370 incident? My answers centre around how I gather, judge, store and use data. Empirical Skeptic I am […]

Air Crash Investigation S13E10 – Qantas 32: Titanic In The Sky

There has been a lot of recent interest in the production entitled “Air Crash Investigation S13E10 – Qantas 32: Titanic In The Sky”.     This program has been broadcast on the National Geographic channel.  Closing Statement At the time of my interview, our story was planned to be the final episode (ever) in the Air […]

Mayday Mayday

Flying east at 37,000 feet over the Indian Ocean (Photo R de Crespigny) Update 22 Feb 2012 I think the Canadian “Air Crash Investigation S13E10 – Qantas 32: Titanic In The Sky” production  (as shown on the National Geographic channel) is better. Mayday Mayday – Terror on QF32 Peter Overton presented “Mayday Mayday – Terror on […]