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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...

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...

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...

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...

Drones in controlled airspace; a growing nuisance.

Dutch legislation on the commercial use of drones is about to change, allowing for so-called mini drones (less than 4kg) to be used for commercial purposes without license. An interesting report relating to this topic was discussed by Chris Perkins on the Mashable blog: Documents reveal...

Avoid unnecessary delays and save money

SAFA [1] inspections in Europe and ramp checks elsewhere are a fact of life in civil aviation. Inspectors working on behalf of the SAFA programme are conducting, on average, around 100 inspections a day. Whilst their stated policy is to avoid delay unless safety requires...