Questions tagged [safety]

Safety includes all aspects of protecting aircraft, passengers and crew from accidents, mistakes and other potentially dangerous situations.

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In an Airbus, if the AOA sensor fails and the computer pitches the plane down, can the computer still only pitch down 10 degrees maximum?

For example, something similar to Qantas Flight 72. Assuming the Angle of Attack sensors are faulty and give bogus data - for example, that the Angle of Attack is 20 degrees, or the maximum Angle of ...
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What are the potential threats of having the landing gear dirt from mud in a rectractable landing gear airplane?

Recently I have been flying an aircraft with the landing gear very dirt with mud due to the parking area of the airfield on grass and the meteo conditions in recent days. I wonder what are the threats ...
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Where to relocate a bomb on a plane to minimize damage?

In a video blog I saw today on the net, an airline Captain said: "if a bomb is found on board in-flight, pilots are trained to relocate it someplace where it would do the least damage" without further ...
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Do military bases still employ wheel watchers?

When I was in the air wing in the '70s, I had the unpleasant opportunity of pulling wheel watch. The unfortunate individual sat in a small shack (maybe 3 x 6 ft.) with a pair of high-powered ...
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Is it even remotely feasible to turnback a single engine aircraft with an engine failure?

Note before reading further that I'm asking this question purely on theoretical grounds, though you are more than welcome to talk about practical aspects as well. Now, my question. It's common ...
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Can a general aviation aircraft be forced to land when crossing the airspace of a country?

I don’t know how to fly yet but my friend has a Cessna, he says it’s awesome to have and fly one and he also said he will take me for a flight one day. I have been researching and reading online and I ...
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What is your responsibility when a distraught pilot is on frequency?

I found the recent SeaTac incident with a suicidal pilot frightening. I myself remember being in very bad places mentally, and it got me to wonder what I should do if someone is on frequency, making ...
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What prevents Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) from cutting cost that compromise safety?

I was reading an article about LCCs and here is an excerpt that got me thinking. While budget airlines cut other corners to keep fares low, they do not — actually cannot — compromise the safety ...
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Is there any System to warn of Runway Incusion?

From what I learn, in large towered airports, the control of who enters and leaves the runways belong to the Control Tower Operators. And that got me thinking: Is there any Equipment or System in ...
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Why did this 737 not take off on first attempt?

This video shows a 737 'near miss' takeoff. I'm curious as to why the aircraft did not take off as expected, i.e. is there anything obvious from the video? I'm assuming the speed and payload would ...
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What kind of flight termination measures are taken for supersonic aircraft?

Having recently read an article that hyper-sonic airplanes carry enough energy that just flying into some target makes them as powerful as some missiles and I wonder if the supersonic planes have ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations? [duplicate]

I'm starting my quest to obtain a PPL this weekend. So I guess this question is contextualised around light aircraft like the Piper Tomahawk / Cessna, although it certainly would be interesting to get ...
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Is every emergency landing of a commercial flight documented?

A friend told me she was on a Royal Jordanian commercial flight in 2006 that had an emergency and was forced to land in a field in Greece. She said the final destination was supposed to be Italy, ...
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What is the minimum allowed altitude for helicopters over a residential area in the US?

I observed a helicopter hovering over a residential area/houses for more than 20-30 minutes. I would guesstimate about 500 feet altitude or more for the helicopter. The low altitude and long duration ...
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Are turboprops less safe then jets?

On a recent trip to an airport, I noticed a large number of Bombardier Dash 8s. I wanted to know - are turboprops less safe than traditional jets like the 737 or A320? For instance, I would imagine ...
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How about inventing a “fuel” that will not erupt into fire?

One of the most concerning factor in flight safety is the possibility of the plane erupting into fire due to a fuel spill and a spark. Is it possible---or have researchers ever worked on---to power an ...
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Can “a drone” damage the wing of “an aeroplane” to the extent it actually threatens its ability to fly?

I stumbled across this video by the University of Dayton, showcasing the amount of damage a certain type of drone can do to a wing, and they wrote a whole article about it. While most of said article ...
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Is the National Aviation Authority the same as the Civil Aviation Authority?

Are the NAA (National aviation authority) and the CAA (Civil aviation authority) the same organisation? According Wikipedia it looks like they are the same organisation.
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How do aviation regulatory bodies relate to each other? [duplicate]

I am trying to make a overview how regulatory bodies in aviation safety interrelate. Maybe something like a hierarchy. I would start with ICAO and IATA, but where comes then for example FAA, CAA, LBA?...
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What is this 'runway number' automatic readout system on a flight deck?

I was watching this flight-deck video (starts at 11:13) of a Turkish Airlines Boeing take off from Istanbul and just as they accelerate on the take off roll there seems to be an automatic voice in the ...
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How have deep-seated cultural human factors (particularly in east Asia) in the cockpit been successfully managed in the past 20 years?

This question is based on https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/27814/ and related to: How does cultural difference impinge upon human factors in aviation industry safety? To what extent have ...
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Can time spent in consumer flight simulators increase the safety of flying light sports aircraft for licensed pilots? [duplicate]

I've asked this question to my flight instructor, who believes flight simulators do a very poor job of modelling flight physics for very light airplanes, which makes them useless for preventing ...
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How does the safety record of a Cessna 152 compare to a jetliner in Europe?

I have a fear of flight and I'm working on it. There is an airfield about 40 minutes from me and they offer flying lessons in a Cessna-152 for around 140 euros per hour. Pretty reasonable I think. So,...
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How do airplane “life jackets” compare to marine life jackets?

I have recently taken up boating in addition to being a pilot, and that experience has given me a better understanding of marine life jackets, also called "personal floatation devices (PFDs)". For ...
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Has a commercial airliner ever crash-landed in an ocean?

They have rafts and life jackets on board and before takeoff, passengers are explained how to use that equipment, but have any evacuations ever happened successfully?
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Is this “wing-wave” early after takeoff really a pilot tradition?

I saw this video of a "wing-wave" immediately after takeoff of a 747-8 pop up on my Instagram feed. In the description, someone says that their friend is the pilot and that he did it to wave goodbye ...
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How safe is the Boeing 737-800 in high winds?

I'm not good with flying. However, on Wednesday morning I'm flying from Gatwick to Bergen, Norway, traveling alone with two young children. I'm trying desperately to not show my kids how afraid I am ...
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Can RVSM safely be further reduced?

Since the world population shows no signs of slowing down its rapid increase, it's pretty safe to say that means we can only expect more concurrent flights as time moves forward. Is it physically ...
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How does the safety record of the twin piston Diamond DA-42 compare to the single piston DA-40?

Its fairly well known that the Diamond DA-40 has one of the smallest fatality rates of any GA plane. The Diamond DA-42 is a twin engine aircraft with a very similar design to the DA-40. Now, it has ...
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What is the risk of a single skydive?

I've seen many articles that compares the risk of skydiving with other sports or activities like cycling or driving. However, they are very ambiguous in terms of how the risk was calculated (number of ...
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Why are First/Business Class seats at the front of aircraft where it is the least safe?

According to this image, taken from The Science of Survivability (Page 79) from NOAA, the statistically safest seats to sit in are at the rear of the plane (69% survival rate vs 49% at the front). ...
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How does NOAA's P3 Orion safely navigate hurricanes?

I've been watching NOAA's P3 Orion fly though Hurricane Matthew a bit on Flight Radar 24. Looks a bit like this for the curious: source It's the only plane actually in Hurricane Matthew. What I'm ...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

Can anyone point me to statistics on the safety record of gliders vs. single engine general aviation aircraft?
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Do airlines continue operating in the vicinity of a hurricane?

Have hung around some of the aviation interest groups (like airliners.net) and tried to research this but haven't found very clear answers. Typically when a hurricane (tropical, peak wind-speed in ...
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Airplane data for thriller novel [duplicate]

I've written a legal thriller. One scene involves the antagonist lawyers hiring someone at O'Hare to sabotage some other lawyers' private jet so that it crashes. But I don't know enough about aviation ...
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How do Ram Air Turbines get deployed?

I understand that most larger jets have a Ram Air Turbine (RAT) in case of total electrical failure (for instance, when you run out of fuel) in order to at least have some hydraulics and a couple of ...
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Why can't pilots drink alcohol after a flight?

Why are pilots told not to drink alcoholic drinks even after landing, even when their next flight is more than 24 hours later? Is this some kind of precautionary rule?
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Tail Wing Dented—Is it safe to fly?

I’m sitting in the lounge waiting to board this flight. Saw a dent in the attachment of tail wing to the body. Is this common? Also I could be wrong and it is part of the design of the airplane. Any ...
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Is there (some form of) penetration testing in aviation?

I just listened to the first Miles to go podcast about a near miss at SFO where an Air Canada flight nearly landed on a taxiway where 4 aircrafts were waiting to take off. The incoming Air Canada ...
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When may commercial pilots release their shoulder harness?

In one answer to a similar question I found a hint to 14 CFR 91.105: (b) Each required flight crewmember of a U.S.-registered civil aircraft shall, during takeoff and landing, keep his or her ...
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What about hours flown solo without a student pilot certificate?

My instructor has ruined my training. 2.5 months ago when I started private pilot training (FAR61) I had zero knowledge about aviation. After 1.5 months he signed me off for solo and I finished all ...
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Is it safe to fly a glider when I can't move the stick fully left and right?

This past Saturday, I started training in a Schweizer 2-33A glider. When I got in the glider for the first time, I found that I couldn't move the control stick fully left and right, because my legs ...
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Is it an overkill to request to see airplane maintenance logs at a new flight school?

I'm getting a checkout at a new flight school, so I don't know anything about the maintenance records of their airplanes other than this school has been in operation for some time and so I assume ...
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Why are you required to commit to a full stop landing if reverse thrust is selected?

According to Airbus: ‐ After the flight crew selects reverse thrust, they must perform a full stop landing. Does it really make sense to have this limitation, and why? What happens if you realise ...
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Have there been any incidents caused by an inability to shut down an engine?

I read many items on the avherald.com site where it says "engine shut down during flight" or words to similar effect. I'm wondering if there are any instances where an engine could not be shut down ...
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How often do pilots fly drunk?

AVweb reported: 2018.07.30 - A former pilot for Alaska Airlines was sentenced on Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison, for flying two flights in 2014 with a blood alcohol level more ...
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Has a micro-burst or wind shear caused fatalities on takeoff?

Delta Flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth (1985), TANS Perú Flight 204 in Peru (2005), FedEx Express Flight 80 in Japan (2009), and Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 at New York's JFK, are all examples of ...
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Why has the European Union banned several airlines?

The European Union does not permit the entry of several airlines in any of its member states. It does so to ensure the safety of its own airfields, as it feels that management of several airlines is ...
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Are pressurized passenger aircraft usually completely airtight?

Various sources on the internet indicate that the passenger cabins on pressurised airplanes are not 100% airtight. I'm not talking about ventilation/pressure valves/cabin pressurisation system, but ...
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Where is the best place to sit on an airplane? [duplicate]

I'm going on a flight soon and I am wondering where the best place to sit is as I want to be sure that if anything happens, I would want the seat to be convenient for most situations.