If Asiana 214, a Boeing 777 flight out of Seoul that crashed just short of the landing zone on Runway 28 at San Francisco International Airport just over a week ago, is so straightforward, why do so many strange and as yet unanswered questions remain?
Viewing the aftermath of an airline crash makes me cringe. Viewing the aftermath of an airline crash involving an airplane that I’ve flown adds an additional element of emotion. Regardless of the airline, the event always hits close to home. The Asiana accident is no exception.
Having had peripheral involvement in one of the worst airline accidents in domestic U.S. history with regard to fatalities, I can readily testify that crash sites are indescribable devastation.
The crash of Asiana 214 on landing at San Francisco International Airport in gorgeous conditions this weekend is being dissected by investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board, and for once it looks almost certain that they will find the cause quickly and unambiguously.
I've watched “TWA Flight 800” — the much-hyped Epix original documentary that purports to present “new” evidence proving that a missile attack brought down the Paris-bound Boeing 747 over the Atlantic 17 years ago this month. Yesterday I interviewed Hank Hughes, the former NTSB investigator who, the filmmakers say, is “breaking his silence” to blow the whistle on a vast government cover up. Here is why the film and Hughes are wrong.
When Robert Livingston and Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat, often still remembered ironically as Fulton’s Folly, made its remarkably successful maiden voyage in 1807, it was bucking a trend in technological development that has continued to this day: First tries are usually disastrous.
The recent tragic accident that killed a popular wingwalking team is the latest mishap on the airshow circuit. The duo of pilot Charlie Schwenker and wingwalker Jane Wicker were killed when their Stearman crashed at a Dayton, Ohio, area airshow on Saturday.
Normally if I heard about a documentary that purported to uncover "new" evidence about the TWA Flight 800 disaster, I would roll my eyes. But I'm actually quite interested to see the film and am approaching it with an open mind. Here's why.
The FAA the other day released a request for alternate fuels to test in what it hopes will be an accelerated adoption of an unleaded avgas into the GA fleet. It's aiming for five years. I'll bet my house that won't happen.
In any case, upon the announcement, alphabet groups rose as if as one to applaud the move by the FAA to take the initiative to do something about the 100LL problem.
It is a problem, though it is by nature far more of a political problem than an environmental one.
By now you’ve probably heard that the FAA wants the Experimental Aircraft Association to foot the cost for air traffic controllers at this summer’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – to the tune of about $500,000. Not surprisingly, EAA is hopping mad. In a normal year this request would be ludicrous. After all, pilots who buy fuel to fly to Oshkosh pay for ATC services in the form of the 19.4-cent-per-gallon tax on avgas.