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Lesson learnt and videos

Lesson learnt and videos

This section presents several aviation incident or accident videos. These videos are about commercial aviation, general aviation, military planes or helicopters. Videos showing aircraft parts tests, such as engines, are also presented. The aim of this section is to provide the reader with lessons learnt.(read more...)

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The threat of drones on the safety of civil aviation

The threat of drones on the safety of civil aviation

The UAV market is exploding. In 2015, 300 000 hobby type drones have been sold in the United States. Thousands of drone operating businesses have been approved in the USA in 2016, and over 1 million of drones are flying around the world. The number crew reports indicating a missed collision with a drone are increasing alarmingly. A collision between a drone and aircraft could have dramatic consequences. With the increasing number of drones in service, and the increasing number of drone pilot, many of them ignoring the regulation, is there a real threat for the safety of the civil aviation? How the Civil Aviation Authorities take into account this new trend? (read more...)

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Worries about new airplane made from composite materials

Worries about new airplane made from composite materials

Commercial airplane manufacturers have been using composite materials in transport airplane components for decades. But since 2011, new large transport airplane build mostly in composite have started commercial service. This is the case of the Boeing 787, and later the Airbus A350. Industry observers have raised concerns about the state of the science underpinning the expanded use of composite materials in commercial transport category airplanes and Aviation Authorities' preparedness for this transition. European and US Authorities are taking actions to address safety-related concerns linked to the use of composite structure, and the GAO (Government Accountability Office) has issue a report in October 2011 to raise its concerns. (read more...)

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The fear of flying

The fear of flying

The majority of people who step foot onto commercial airliners don't understand how these can even fly. Naturally their greatest concern - especially when it comes to fearful flyers - is, "what if something goes wrong when the aircraft is 10,000 meters above ground level?" (read more...)

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The Tenerife disaster (March 27th 1977)

The Tenerife disaster (March 27th 1977)

Some 583 people died or were mortally injured on March 27th 1977 after two Boeing 747 jumbo jets collided on a runway at Los Rodeos airport, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, making this the world's worst civil aviation disaster. (read more...)

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The story of the Dam Busters

The story of the Dam Busters

The Dam Busters were military aircraft operated during the Second World War, which were dropping bouncing bombs in order to destroy enemy dams and ships. The tuning of these specific bombs was difficult, and resulted in several aircraft accidents. In 1942, once in operation, the Dam Busters destroyed many enemy targets. Each mission was perilous as the aircraft had to fly very low, where it was exposed to enemy fire. (read more...)