Don Hudson

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  1. Cheers, Johnboy. Yes, the AIBN got it right, and it's already being implemented at Airbus.
  2. The video embedded in the report has some excellent animation work showing the gear casings and failure modes. No "airmanship/crew/human-factors" issues - this was entirely a mechanical failure. One previous accident, almost identical. Don
  3. Hi DEFCON; - that thought comes from regularly watching and minding our delightful and energetic1 & 3 yr.old grandbabies, and now I know from having done both, that it seemed an appropriate way to describe this very-young, pending, unfolding age of ubiquitous automation. After shut-down and most were off the A320, the young First Officer on our AC flight from YVR to ORD invited our little 3yr old G.B. into the cockpit and put her hat on this wide-eyed toddler. I asked how long she'd been with the company - 5 months! Delightful quiet exchange between one who was living her dream, and one still finding her dreams everywhere! You never know where that kind of meeting goes, eh? Hopefully, the experience level, while not the way we arrived in the cockpit decades ago, will be equal to the same huge responsibilities we faced. My future brother-in-law took a look at his sister's suitor and said he wanted to see those gray hairs of experience, not some 24yr old looking as though he didn't need to shave. Our GB's may never know what a pilot was!
  4. Hi DEFCON; "...but can any form of simulation ever replace the hands on scare the crap out of you..." Agree! We intuitively know that surprise encounters with bears or big cats can kill one, but no instruction or training or drama in the simulator can tell a new pilot that the airplane is always already trying to kill her/him if/when it gets the chance. If there is anything to the notion of "startle" these days, it may be that such a pretty, beautifully-designed, comfortable, dry, lovely-to-handle machine would do such a thing to one. One year doesn't make a pattern but it is certainly encouraging and positive for those doing the work. The FSF list is a big one and an expensive one, (at least for those MBAs who still believe in quarterly financial statements to investors). In my view, an open, just culture is the best safety valve for when, not if, pilots make unintentional, serious mistakes that don't end up in an accident. This is learning, the old-fashioned way and that is worth re-focusing upon. Treat automation and certainly autonomous flight not as a mature design and system, but as one would treat a three-year-old...with a maturity born of experience and an ever-watchful eye!
  5. I thought this from the Flight Safety Foundation would be interesting, partially after another unreliable-airspeed accident, (Russia, pitot heat not ON) and the CFIT, (Iran, NDB approach in weather & mountainous terrain). Primarily though, the author makes the very good point regarding "hours and experience". We all know that a thousand hours instructing isn't the same as a thousand hours, say, on the BC coast flying into/out of small coastal destinations either on floats, wheels or skis. FSF Calls for Renewed Focus on Quality for Pilot Training and Proficiency ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - Flight Safety Foundation is urging the global commercial aviation industry to embrace a data-driven approach to pilot training, and says that national civil aviation authorities need to have the flexibility to adopt competency- or evidence-based training methods. In a position paper issued today, the Foundation says, "It cannot be assumed that critical skills and knowledge will be obtained only through hours in the air." In releasing the paper, Jon Beatty, president and CEO of the Foundation, said, "A data-driven approach to pilot training is an essential element in continuing to improve the industry's safety performance. Training must target real-world risk and ensure a progressive and satisfactory performance standard." The Foundation acknowledged 2017 was the safest year in the history of commercial aviation, with no reported fatalities in commercial passenger jet operations worldwide. But with recent crashes occurring in Russia and Iran, the Foundation warned against the dangers of complacency. The Foundation attributed the outstanding safety record of commercial aviation to "a wide variety of factors and the diligent efforts of thousands of aviation professionals around the world who design increasingly reliable aircraft, engines, and parts; maintain, repair and overhaul aircraft; regulate and enforce performance-based safety rules; investigate accidents and incidents; manage air traffic; develop sophisticated avionics and navigational aids; operate airports; and fly sophisticated aircraft in increasingly complex environments." The Foundation noted: "It is not the result of any one factor, including any particular change in the hours requirement for pilot experience." The Foundation also cited the collection and analysis of a growing pool of safety data and information, enabling the industry to more effectively identify and mitigate risks before they lead to accidents. Pilot experience, which also is an important safety factor, historically has been associated with the number of flight hours accumulated over a pilot's career. What often is overlooked, however, is the quality of flight time and how it is accumulated. Was it in single- or multi-engine aircraft? In visual or instrument conditions? In a structured, professional environment, or in an often less intense, general aviation environment? "The type of experience and the flight environment must be considered to provide meaning to the [flight hours] number," the paper says. In the position paper, the Foundation says the industry has reached a crossroads in determining how pilots need to be selected, hired, trained and mentored for career growth, and that changes need to be made if the industry is to continue its stellar safety performance in an era of expected rapid growth in many regions of the world. "Flight Safety Foundation believes the pilot career path we have today will not take us where we need to go tomorrow," the paper says. "It is time to take a data-driven, pragmatic approach." The Foundation issued several recommendations, including: An improved screening process and training for basic non-technical competencies that are usually obtained through experience, such as communication, analysis, problem solving, leadership and decision making; A renewed focus on the competency and quality of training providers to ensure training programs are developed and delivered to meet the safety standards of the industry, and so they can produce qualified, competent pilots; Training programs that are competency- or evidence-based and not solely hours-based; Data-driven training programs that are continually updated, based on pilot task-level performance; Ab initio programs with operator sponsorship/support; Development and sponsorship of worldwide quality/performance criteria that are universally recognized; A partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organization and industry to define rules, recommendations, guidelines and the expected quality and performance required of flight academies; and, Programs that place a high value on the knowledge and experience of instructors. "The industry needs to be courageous and bold to make these changes and not simply rely on the ways of the past," said Beatty. "Through these changes, the industry can continue to serve the needs of the airlines while enhancing safety standards on behalf of the traveling public." The position paper is available for download here. ### Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organization engaged in research, education and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation's mission is to connect, influence and lead global aviation safety.
  6. Don Hudson

    AN-148 Down Just Outside Moscow

    Since AF447, there has been a strong emphasis on the Unreliable Airspeed drill and checklist. Obviously, knowledge of pitch and power numbers for one's aircraft in various flight phases is highlighted, as is cockpit discipline, SOPs and CRM procedures. What some are calling "partial panel", we might call "failure of the ADCs" these days, and I agree entirely with J.O. regarding his views on simulators. I've tried the AF447 scenario and it's not very good or realistic in current A330 sims. The fact that Airbus has placed first-order importance on manual flying in the initial sim sessions, (so I am informed), on the introduction of the A350 indicates recognition of the problem of an atrophying of piloting skills including thinking/planning skills. I think that thorough training in all the above helps alleviate the startle factor, but so does actual experience; the more, the better. That said, I'm completely out of touch with regard to who is being hired these days and what training regimes actually are. Perhaps someone with current knowledge/experience can offer some information. From what I have seen and read in the past, MAK is a good organization and does good work. They will be looking at the items mentioned here and on other aviation threads, (Russian, British, American). The UAS problem received extensive discussion on PPRuNe and is still well worth reading almost nine years later.
  7. Don Hudson

    AN-148 Down Just Outside Moscow

    Saratov accident, MAK comments to date: Birgenair FSF, (Vol. 56 No. 10, Accident Prevention, Flight Safety Foundation) The Northwest Orient B727 Report, (1974)
  8. The Moshansky Commission of Inquiry Report may be found & downloaded (by chapter/volume) at Cheers, Don
  9. Don Hudson

    For those who flew the DC8 - TCA, 1964

    You're so welcome Blues - it was such a memory-filled video - had to show it to everyone!
  10. Don Hudson

    For those who flew the DC8 - TCA, 1964

    All's well indeed Vs. I liked your remarks regarding retirement. There was no choice when I joined in '73, but I signed up for 'age 60' and that was that; - now into my eleventh year and thoroughly enjoying it all. I highly recommend it!
  11. Don Hudson

    For those who flew the DC8 - TCA, 1964

    Grandbabies keep ya busy!!
  12. . . . or for those who never flew it and want to know what airline flying was like, waayyy back! Now this takes one back . . . With thanks to a colleague for sending this on.