Safety

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Lamia crash: a reminder on everyone’s role in flight safety

Bolivian charter flight LaMia 2399 crashed short of the runway in Colombia on 28 November, turning a Brazilian underdog dream of a football championship into tragedy as 71 players, journalists and crew died. For the aviation industry, the crash has prompted discussion about flight safety...

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A growing need for drone regulation

The use of unmanned aerial vehicle systems, or drones, is growing rapidly around the world. Busy skies and big cities inevitably create congestion, and more drones only exacerbate the issue. Without sufficient regulations from national CAAs, it could be an accident waiting to happen. The soaring...

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can Brazil’s airports handle an Olympic-sized surge?

The Olympics are a big event. Brazil will see a huge surge with millions of travellers when the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games hit Rio this August-September. Then there are the aviation security measures necessitated by this high-profile event. How will Brazil’s airports address demand...

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Why Aviation Safety Experts Don’t Talk About Accidents

When a commercial aircraft is lost, the media erupts in frenetic demands for immediate answers to what happened and why. And often it is everyone but the accident investigators and other aviation safety professionals who are quick to give an opinion. Their silence is for good...

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Is data complexity a threat for flight safety?

“Everything simple is false. Everything which is complex is unusable.” This thought, originally expressed by philosopher Paul Valéry in 1937, might occasionally pop up when you work with data models or numerous guidelines in a complex domain such as ATC or AIS/AIM (Aeronautical Information Service/Management)....

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A few facts about 100 years of Schiphol

Schiphol, founded in March 1916 as a military aerodrome, is not the oldest airport in the Netherlands; Soesterberg is. However, Soesterberg, open since 1913 only has glider flights these days. Schiphol has grown in 100 years to a major international airport moving over 55 million...

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Unlawful Interference

“More than 900 airline passengers 'murdered' in past two years” was the headline in a recent article in the UK newspaper: “The Independent”. The article was based on a set of aviation safety statistics for 2015 prepared by To70. ‘Murder’ is not a phrase we...

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Aviation safety review: facts and improvements

Any accident involving any form of public transport will make the news bulletins. The reason is simple: when a train, bus or airplane crashes a large number of people are involved. And this large number of people has an even bigger number of friends and...