According to ASI Executive Director Richard McSpadden, the reduction in general aviation fatal accidents -- preliminary figures for 2017 suggest the decline is continuing -- appeared to support the effectiveness of numerous industry initiatives to reduce those mishaps.
The U.S. FAA, moving quickly to adopt Pratt & Whitney’s recommendations, is ordering engine inspections on some Airbus A220 and Embraer E190-E2-series aircraft within 50 cycles—or about a week—based on findings from two recent Swiss International PW1524G-3 failures.
Like most people my age, I can recall where I was when I heard that the space shuttle Challenger had exploded and broken apart, killing all seven crewmembers.
(1) Air Canada Flight 797, June 2, 1983, cabin fire, NTSB AAR-86/02. (2) Air Cargo Carriers Flight 1260, May 5, 2017, complacency, NTSB DCA17FA109 (3) Air France Flight 296, June 26, 1988, complacency, Bureau Enquetes et Analyses (BEA) published April 1990.
The most-violent weather phenomena are hurricanes and tornados, and they are getting bigger and more frequent due to climate change.
The U.N. secretary-general has called "The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018," a wakeup call for stronger action on global warming.
Here is a list of meteorological conditions necessary for the formation of tropical cyclonic storms, provided by Brad Crosier of FlightSafety International.
List of Tropical Cyclone Regional Specialized Meteorological Centers
As a first officer, I was trained to make the go/no-go decision. As a captain, I expect the same from my first officers. If he/she calls for an abort, I do it.
There are a variety of contributing factors that result in wrong-airport landings and a few common threads we can look out for to avoid being on the nightly news.