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How Technology Is Making Pilots Safer

Although rare, airplanes do crash. As pilots, it is important to understand the causes of airplane crashes so as not to repeat the same mistakes. Statistical evidence shows that an increasing percentage of airplane accidents are being linked to pilot error. Before we jump to conclusions, consider that this may not be such a bad thing. Read more…

Plane Overshoots Runway on Carribean Island

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This one’s been circulating around the web for a week now. On May 31, a piston twin ran off the 2,100 foot runway in St. Barthelemy Airport (SBH) in the Carribean. What makes this video so interesting, aside from the surfer-dude commentary, is that the pilot opted not to go around even after floating for nearly three fourths of the runway.

When should you execute a go around? As one of my first flight instructors said: go missed anytime the approach does not look perfect. Seriously now, increase power and go around if there is any doubt in your mind as to the safety of your upcoming landing. Continue on to the video. Read more…

Continental Connection Flight 3407 Crashes Near Buffalo

A commuter flight crashed into a house near Buffalo, NY killing all 49 aboard and one man in the home.

The flight was operated by regional carrier Colgan Airlines, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines (NASDAQ: PNCL). The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, a 74-seat turboprop departed Newark, NJ for Buffalo at 9:20PM EST, one hour and 49 minutes late before it went down around 10:20PM EST. Read more…

US Airways Flight 1549 Transcript Released

The FAA has released the transcript from US Airways Flight 1549. This is the transcript between air traffic controllers and Flight 1549. Transcripts from the cockpit voice recorder will not be made available for as much as eighteen months, according to the NTSB. Read more…

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