Who is responsible for the dismal aviation safety record of 2018?


It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.

Adam Smith

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Flight Safety Foundation figures explained. Safety indicator 2018 Flight Safety Foundation

I have been thinking for a long time and have wondered, who is ultimately responsible for the dismal safety record of 2018? The regulator, manufacturer or the operator?

Are we in a state of denial? That is a psychological aspect of human being but when we have advanced processes like the safety management system mandated by the ICAO Annex-19, there is no option but to comply.

If we carry out a simple root cause analysis using the 5 times why, we come to the following conclusion. Read More

Flydubai Boeing 737-800 stopped after attempting to take off at Moscow airport


In the latest safety incident relating to commercial aviation, a Fly Dubai B-737 stopped the takeoff roll at Moscow airport due to the presence of an Aeroflot aircraft crossing the takeoff runway. The reason for the incident and the root cause will be determined after the incident is investigated.https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=218938

This blog is to highlight the safety engineering control initiated by Euro Control and which has been implemented in Paris, Charles De Gaulle airport.https://www.eurocontrol.int/runway-status-lights

It is a great initiative by Eurocontrol ;however, not all airports will be able to implement such systems. There will be other busy airports with runway crossings that will still be vulnerable to human error on part of the pilot and/or Air Traffic Controller.

Whenever safety related incidents are analysed by the experts, they come up with recommendations. These recommendations then transform into action by the regulator and/or the operator. The controlling action is dependent on the severity and the probability, or the risk involved. Following are the common measures taken by safety experts.

The most effective method is to eliminate the hazard. Unfortunately, this will result in cessation of the activity itself and will lead to bankruptcy. This will obviously be the last resort if things go out of control. Read More

Erroneous takeoff performance: El Al flight takes off with a 40Tonne error@mindFly


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Read my paper: Erroneous takeoff performance

An El Al Boeing 787-9, registration 4X-EDB performing flight LY-27 from Tel Aviv (Israel) to Newark,NJ (USA) with 282 passengers and 18 crew, was climbing out of Tel Aviv when the captain noticed that the FMS indicated a substantially higher optimal flight level than anticipated and planned. The captain examined the reasons for this and discovered that a zero fuel weight of 40 tons lower than the actual zero fuel weight had been entered into the FMS. The captain immediately understood that the takeoff performance computation had also been wrong, concluded to the severity of the occurrence, notified the airline’s operations center and the fleet manager, who in turn involved Israel’s accident investigation unit. The aircraft continued to Newark for a safe landing without further incident. Read More

Petition for reconsideration of the final investigation report. An incident at KSFO involving Air Canada overflight of taxiway 07 July 2017:mindFly


Petition filed with NTSB

My paper on Inattentional blindness

Most of the laws banning cell phone use while driving has focused inappropriately and exclusively on hand-held phones. Whether or not cell phone use while driving should be regulated is a political question, but the cause of the distraction is an empirical one. Public officials do a disservice when they fail to convey the real reasons why using a cell phone while driving is dangerous.

According to Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons authors of the book “the invisible gorilla”, “the enforcement campaign spreads misinformation by implying that it’s the “hand-held” aspect of cell phone use that causes the problem. In reality, the real distraction has nothing to do with having both hands on the wheel — it’s the conversation itself (coupled with the challenge of communicating with someone not in the car). Using a hands-free phone doesn’t eliminate the distraction, and it might even be given people a false sense of confidence if they think that switching to a hands-free phone makes them safer”. The brain does not register the unexpected events. Read More

Shisa Kanko technique for error reduction:mindFly


Pointing and telling

This activity involves pointing at target objects by stretching your arm and stating out loud. Calling out “Such and such is OK” at important points in the work ensures work is carried out safely and correctly.

Pointing and calling are methods for raising the consciousness level of workers and confirming that conditions are regular and clear. They increase the accuracy and safety of work. This method for ensuring safety is based on the philosophy of respecting human life. The respect can be achieved only with the full participation of the workforce in practice activities across the whole of the workplace. Read More

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