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28th Sep 2019, 22:16
Replies: 80
Views: 40,537
Posted By kwh

Actually, it occurs to me that for the purpose we...

Actually, it occurs to me that for the purpose we are discussing, an off the shelf HOTAS & yoke plus a VR helmet like an Occulus Rift or similar should suffice for the visual interface, so it's just...
28th Sep 2019, 15:53
Replies: 80
Views: 40,537
Posted By kwh

A question from the cheap seats... Full...

A question from the cheap seats...

Full motion sims for modern airliners are no doubt incredibly expensive to buy & operate, & a very scarce resource. Is there any merit in filling a warehouse...
28th Jun 2019, 14:34
Replies: 35
Views: 22,007
Posted By kwh

Right, but 'self-employed' people who are...

Right, but 'self-employed' people who are constrained by contract to working for a single 'client' [employer] at that employer's effective beck & call aren't actually contractors at all, they are...
4th Apr 2019, 09:33
Replies: 5,125
Views: 10,401,685
Posted By kwh

If this turns out to be correct, could it be...

If this turns out to be correct, could it be because the Boeing recommended response to the unwelcome MCAS activation was developed in a simulator incapable of generating the forces that the real...
12th Mar 2019, 14:42
Replies: 546
Views: 340,262
Posted By kwh

A few people have pointed out that cognitive...

A few people have pointed out that cognitive impairment might easily have led him to fly the Hunter that he had very few hours in like the Jet Provost that he had a lot in. The logic that follows is...
18th Apr 2018, 10:49
Replies: 460
Views: 444,957
Posted By kwh

The sense I got from the various reports is that...

The sense I got from the various reports is that whatever broke the window also hit & seriously injured the passenger, probably knocking her unconscious, and so her upper body ending up jammed in...
4th Mar 2017, 12:44
Replies: 1,109
Views: 466,652
Posted By kwh

If you tell a million people that the potential...

If you tell a million people that the potential for getting a Hunter through their sunroof or their bedroom window or into their kid's primary school is just something they have to live with as long...
4th Mar 2017, 12:22
Replies: 1,109
Views: 466,652
Posted By kwh

Irrespective of the criminal liability question...

Irrespective of the criminal liability question as it attaches to the maintainers/operators in this crash, if they bear any responsibility, one hopes that the civil liability does attach to them, so...
4th Mar 2017, 12:16
Replies: 1,109
Views: 466,652
Posted By kwh

You can't deter humans from being fallible, it is...

You can't deter humans from being fallible, it is a symptom of the human condition. You can put hard legal constraints around activities to make them safer, like making drink driving illegal, knowing...
4th Mar 2017, 09:56
Replies: 1,109
Views: 466,652
Posted By kwh

You can't do that {prosecute the pilot} if he...

You can't do that {prosecute the pilot} if he didn't wilfully do anything that he knew broke the rules, you really can't - the whole non-fault incident reporting and improvement system sort of...
4th Mar 2017, 08:10
Replies: 1,109
Views: 466,652
Posted By kwh

It seems like an obvious point, but if the...

It seems like an obvious point, but if the investigators say they do not know whether the altimeter was serviceable and/or accurate, but they do know that maintenance was demonstrably sub-optimal and...
11th Mar 2016, 09:27
Replies: 1,757
Views: 900,966
Posted By kwh

Never mind radar, these days when a smartphone...

Never mind radar, these days when a smartphone has multi- axis inertial tracking and GPS built in, it should be perfectly possible to get the necessary 3D display data on the display routine from a...
10th Mar 2016, 21:33
Replies: 1,757
Views: 900,966
Posted By kwh

I think a high profile campaign from the airshow...

I think a high profile campaign from the airshow fraternity that started with 'Airshows make an absolute fortune for the local economy so the CAA charging to recover the cost of the work they do to...
10th Mar 2016, 13:36
Replies: 24
Views: 8,384
Posted By kwh

Hmm...

One theory about MH370 is that the reason the transponder stopped transmitting was because one of the crew was interrupted by events while resetting it and lost consciousness before they ever got to...
28th Mar 2015, 07:27
Replies: 3,529
Views: 4,971,480
Posted By kwh

I /imagine/ that one flight crew member having...

I /imagine/ that one flight crew member having some kind of brain fart has been a problem in commercial cockpits for as long as there have _been_ commercial cockpits. The post war years into the...
27th Mar 2015, 13:02
Replies: 3,529
Views: 4,971,480
Posted By kwh

...and that is surely entirely the wrong...

...and that is surely entirely the wrong response! We don't want people flying who _are_ ill, and the way to ensure that is not to make ever having been ill a bar to the career. Because if you make...
27th Mar 2015, 12:19
Replies: 3,529
Views: 4,971,480
Posted By kwh

Only if somebody at German Wings marked this...

Only if somebody at German Wings marked this guy's card over his previous bout of depression, prompting him to try to conceal it this time and try to work on through it. if they put him under...
25th Mar 2015, 18:53
Replies: 3,529
Views: 4,971,480
Posted By kwh

So, is it time for a 'dead man's handle' on passenger jets?

In the light of more than one recent catastrophic incident where it seems at least possible that a depressurisation causing crew incapacitation was a significant factor, is it time for the automatics...
20th Apr 2014, 18:24
Replies: 11,824
Views: 21,435,158
Posted By kwh

It strikes me that these days (a duplicate copy...

It strikes me that these days (a duplicate copy of) the recorded flight data from both black boxes could in fact be stored in something physically tiny that was entirely self contained and external...
23rd Mar 2014, 16:29
Replies: 11,824
Views: 21,435,158
Posted By kwh

Although if a country under the possible northern...

Although if a country under the possible northern flight path had not wanted to say 'Our Air Defense Radar in that sector went u/s 3 months ago and we can't afford to repair it right now' then 'Our...
12th Mar 2014, 10:40
Replies: 11,824
Views: 21,435,158
Posted By kwh

What the NTSB/FAA cannot say is that they can...

What the NTSB/FAA cannot say is that they can have conversations with classified US military sources that the Malaysians simply cannot have directly, so the FAA can possibly mysteriously verify or...
12th Mar 2014, 08:03
Replies: 11,824
Views: 21,435,158
Posted By kwh

Or a military jet on full afterburner, maybe...

Or a military jet on full afterburner, maybe scrambled to intercept the jet that apparently turned off its transponder?
9th Mar 2014, 14:03
Replies: 11,824
Views: 21,435,158
Posted By kwh

For a more in-depth primer on radar horizon...

For a more in-depth primer on radar horizon calculations in a variety of units, see Computing Radar Horizon (http://www.alternatewars.com/BBOW/Radar/Radar_Horizon.htm)

The aircraft wouldn't have...
17th Jul 2013, 00:25
Replies: 1,150
Views: 635,462
Posted By kwh

So contrary to my optimistic earlier assessment,...

So contrary to my optimistic earlier assessment, in the event that it is found that the Ethiopian 787 fire was caused by a spontaneous ELT battery meltdown, had the same incident occurred in flight,...
16th Jul 2013, 23:19
Replies: 1,150
Views: 635,462
Posted By kwh

So, Amicus, if there is a point heat source (like...

So, Amicus, if there is a point heat source (like say an electrical short or a spontaneous ELT battery fire) that applies 581F to the inside top of the fuselage just ahead of the tail fin, what are...
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