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  1. 4 points
    It is an indictment of our system that the honest expression of concern or opinion, on a matter of public interest, is likely to result in the loss of employment/career. People who speak out should be richly rewarded by society but of course those in positions of power who do not want their dirty laundry exposed are able punish anyone who should have the temerity to speak out. That we as a society stand for this is a sad reflection on each of us.
  2. 2 points
    The “Mt. Erebus disaster” is a very involved matter. Commercial pressures & passenger expectations & company advertising plus the alleged changing of waypoints AND whiteout conditions - plus plus. The comments by Justice Mahon being the strongest I have seen from a Royal Commission of Inquiry with reference to alleged coverups. “I am forced reluctantly to say that I had to listen to an orchestrated litany of lies.” (Paragraph 377) It is the expression of such opinions that, ultimately, cost Justice Mahon his career.” The bottom line is once you go below LSAL you are flying VFR procedures unless on an approved Aerodrome approach. The point to be taken for RAA (& any VFR Pilots for that matter) without referring to the individual details of the Erebus disaster, is you must comply completely with the VFR rules no matter what toys you may have fitted to your instrument panel (approved or otherwise).
  3. 1 point
    Gummint money is FREE money, There is an unlimited supply. Finished any Tornados yet? Surely at least one has to be close to flyable?
  4. 1 point
    Extensive amounts of rules and regulations regarding safety, are generally put in place to prevent idiots from killing themselves and others. As the crash rate shows, many people still take "calculated" risks - whereby their "calculations" are inherently faulty. One classic "calculated" risk that come to mind, is the attempted turnback after EFATO. Many other disastrous events can be put down to inexperience, unfamiliarity, and overconfidence. I'd have to opine, nearly all the pilots involved in disastrous events, caused by the three above reasons, rarely thought their combination of actions would end up in total disaster. This is why comprehensive training, and total familiarity with your machine, are crucial factors in avoiding disasters. Training has to cover overconfidence, and instructors have to be alert, to the overconfident, brash personalities.
  5. 1 point
    Just requires a bit more honest appraisal of one's self. Looking for someone to blame (and sue ) is part of the furniture these days.. Take it to it's logical conclusion and we will have to give up doing anything remotely risky... Nev
  6. 1 point
    Found this little beauty on facebook! looks simple to build, without buckets of $$$ required. Buzz Shannon‎Magnificent Men & their Flying Machines Franco.
  7. 1 point
    It's hard to go wrong if you always take responsibility for your own safety, rather than expect someone else to provide it for you.
  8. 1 point
    Flare with care for no repair, Flare with dare when winds impair, Flare with flair when crowds do stare. English 101 for Pilots
  9. 1 point
    I think most people are practicing risk assessment at a very early age.....Weigh up risk v consequence. What troubles me is that our regulators (and not just aviation) think that you can teach risk assessment to not so bright people using a matrix, then they wonder what went wrong when someone gets hurt. I think mostly the problem is employing the wrong person, not the wrong process.
  10. 1 point
    Rottnest Island, morning, first of January 2019.
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