Flying » Safety Matters

March 8, 2016
On May 31, 2014, a Gulfstream IV crashed after an aborted takeoff at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. It overran the runway, hitting approach lights and an antenna before stopping in a ravine outside the airport’s perimeter. A post-impact fire killed all seven people on board: the two pilots, a flight attendant, and four passengers.
January 19, 2016
As a passenger, you might well think that nothing can prepare you for an inflight emergency. No matter how many times you hear pre-departure guidance from flight attendants, would you really be ready to respond to a genuine emergency?
February 10, 2014
A wing with extensive icing.
Today's jets can handle most weather, but pilots of smaller aircraft sometimes need to sidestep trouble.
February 25, 2013
Preparing to ditch
It was his third try, and the first two hadn’t gone well. The man was seated in a bus-like facsimile of an airplane cabin suspended above what looked like an Olympic-size swimming pool. At the command of the leader of the exercise, the big blue “fuselage” plunged into the water and slowly turned upside-down.
April 13, 2011
Major industry groups are expressing their displeasure with key sections of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) governing helicopter EMS operations.
February 1, 2011
When an emergency happens, crews who have trained with full-motion simulators
Business aviation pilots must be ready for everything from bad weather to air-traffic-control problems to the failure of onboard computers. But training in an airplane to handle such situations can be both expensive and dangerous-hence the need for flight simulators. 
October 1, 2010
ALL TRANSPORTATION METHODS INVOLVE some risk, but corporate/executive business jets enjoy a stellar safety record, with only one fatal accident since 2007. That's according to statistics on U.S.-registered aircraft from Robert E. Breiling Associates, an aviation-safety research firm.
August 1, 2010
If you’re unsure, ask flight attendants about the safety training they’ve rec
How would you respond to an in-flight emergency? If your answer involves seeking help from flight attendants, that's not surprising. Passengers typically consider them to be the cabin safety go-to people.
December 1, 2009
Since the Wright brothers' first flight, major improvements in safety have resulted primarily from technological advances. The reduction in accidents over time has paralleled improved airplane and wing design and engine-propulsion technology, the introduction of traffic collision avoidance systems, terrain warning indicators and other innovative equipment.
April 1, 2009
In aviation's early years, accidents occurred much more frequently than they
To appreciate how safe air travel has become, it's helpful to realize how risky it once was and to understand how rules and regulations have evolved to address that problem.

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