Aviation

Socio-economic factors affecting aviation safety

Just a quick reference for those unaware that EASA’s basic regulation (EU 2018/1139) includes provisions for the agency to cooperate with other institutions whenever socio-economic factors (such as social dumping) would influence aviation safety. Due to the ongoing “race to the bottom” allowing for dubious pay-to-fly schemes and false self-employment, this article will probably gain more and more importance towards the future…

Aviation Hindsight Bias

Hindsight bias…

The National Transportation Safety Board detailed in an accident report issued April 13, 2019 the circumstances that led to the crash of a Boeing B-17G airplane that killed seven people and injured seven others. The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to properly manage the airplane’s configuration and airspeed following a loss of engine power. But what can really be learned from this accident?

Rail transport

Safety vs Efficiency

Leaving the doors open while driving makes it tentative for people to behave ‘dangerous’. Systems Thinking is about making it easy to do the right thing, difficult to do the wrong thing and extremely difficult to do the catastrophic!

Aviation

Rubber Chicken at the controls

There is nothing wrong with creating a pleasant atmosphere in the cockpit, but when pictures of rubber chickens pushing throttles go public, pilots may face some uncomfortable questions. It is an interesting case for a Just Culture blog and we can discuss at length whether or not these guys should be sanctioned or not for damaging the brand image. But what is really interesting is the tone of the article…