After ET302,FAA admits MCAS is there and issues notification:mindFly


It took FAA 4 months and a second B-737 accident before admitting the presence of MCAS on board the B-737 Max aircraft. On 11th March 2019 FAA has issued a continued airworthiness notification which includes MCAS design enhancements, Training of flight crew and documentation. All these have to be implemented by April 2019.

For the first time since the Max has been released to service will the pilots be able to access information on the notorious MCAS officially. Isn’t that a big relief? Read More

The ABC of behaviour: mindFly


The reaction of crew to a particular situation can be predicted ,but only in theory. Practically, there are a number of variables that result in a behaviour and these are in a constant state of flux.

Threats are defined as “events or errors that occur beyond the influence of the flight crew, increase operational complexity, and which must be managed to maintain the margins of safety”. During typical flight operations, flight crews have to manage various contextual complexities. Such complexities would include, for example, dealing with adverse meteorological conditions, airports surrounded by high mountains, congested airspace, aircraft malfunctions, errors committed by other people outside of the cockpit, such as air traffic controllers, flight attendants or maintenance workers, and so forth. The TEM model considers these complexities as threats because they all have the potential to negatively affect flight operations by reducing margins of safety.

Human factors in aviation needs to take these in view before arriving at a conclusion especially when investigating accidents/incidents. Humans are not considered a threat in the Threat Error Management concept since it considers only external factors which are not under the control of the flight crew. The behaviour of the crew must be considered when identifying threats, other factors like fatigue, crew health etc are also threats that can pose risk to the conduct of the flight. Read More

What is fear; passenger evacuation? mindFly


Passenger evacuation from an aircraft after an incident is the last resort where the crew decides that the safest option in the interest of minimizing harm to the passengers and crew is to leave the aircraft as soon possible before a ravaging fire engulfs the aircraft or any other eventuality. Even under these high risk situations, passengers have been observed to take their time to collect their personal belongings from the overhead stowage before they exit the aircraft. There is no sense of urgency in their actions or behaviour. The choice of the door to exit is also based on their choice rather than the closest one which can help them egress and run to a safer place, away from the aircraft. The 90 second rule for demonstrating the evacuation of an aircraft is carried out by actors who have been briefed on the exercise and the objectives. They are highly motivated and perform their individual tasks with precision. The real passengers will not behave in the same manner. Read More

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