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INDIA – How to Get a Pilot License After 35 Min in the Air.

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Anupam Verma has a certificate that shows he has flown an aircraft for 360 hours. He says he got it after sitting in the co-pilot’s seat for just 35 minutes. He’s one of dozens of pilots in the country who obtained certificates showing inflated flying hours and ground training, according … Continue reading

Running Under Pressure: Lufthansa Announces “Random Medical Checks”

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The unexpected can happen? Sure it can. Now Lufthansa is considering random medical checks for pilots, to help prevent any future disaster like the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people. In a recent interview with a german newspaper, Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr announced medical checks for pilots could be … Continue reading

AUTOMATION: Do We Really Need Someone in the Cockpit?

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The recent Germanwings disaster has once again reminded us that human pilots are not always failsafe. One only has to look back as far as 2012 to find examples of unruly pilots being subdued by passengers, and of course 9/11 highlighted the extremes of hijacking. With such incidents, the question … Continue reading

Video Cameras in the Cockpit. Another Lost Battle?

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The debate over video cameras in airplane cockpits has just begun and is heating up, after a list of high profile aviation disasters raised authorities concerns over available information to accident investigators. According to the Wall Street Journal, ICAO is planning a big push this year to install video cameras … Continue reading

FAA – Boeing 787 Software Bug Can Cause a Complete Electrical Shutdown.

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The FAA – Federal Aviation Administration issued an AD – Airworthiness Directive to warn over a software bug that causes a complete electric shutdown of Boeing’s 787 and potentially “loss of control” of the aircraft. In the latest of a long line of problems plaguing the Dreamliner, which saw the … Continue reading

Meet the New ANA’s R2-D2 Dreamliner

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An airplane painted to look like R2-D2 could be part of the promotion for the soon to be released Star Wars 7 – The Force Awakens. Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled plans for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated to look like R2-D2, the small round robot of the … Continue reading

Air Asia 8501 – A Tragedy Already Seen?

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Meanwhile Indonesian investigators are extracting information from the black boxes of Air Asia Flight 8501 to get the answer of the plunge into the Java Sea, killing all 162 aboard, senior government officials are suggesting the Airbus A320 stalled at high altitude. There are growing fears on the aviation industry … Continue reading

NASA – Large Commercial Jets, Single Pilot Operation Research.

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This subject has been overflying for a while. In the era of automation, the airlines are specially concerned about the lack of experienced pilots. Now, in an effort to solve the problem, NASA is looking into whether single pilots can fly large commercial jets so that the shortage of trained … Continue reading

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