Terrorism: Risk Reset

The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) has highlighted the aviation industry’s fragmented and uncoordinated approach to airspace risk assessment, resulting in growing calls from airlines and industry groups for collective action to address this issue. The scale of the loss of life resulting from the shoot down over Ukraine, and the anger directed…

Procedure Compliant to Destruction: Swiss Air Flight 111

Accident Overview On September 2, 1998 Swiss Air Flight 111, a Boeing/McDonnell Douglas MD‑11, departed John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New York at 0018 UTC (2018 EDT) on a flight to Geneva, Switzerland. The flight included 215 passengers, and a crew of two pilots and twelve flight attendants. Approximately one hour into the flight,…

The Boulton Paul Defiant

  The 1930s were an age of aeronautical experimentation. All around the world air forces were trying new and fascinating designs, searching for the perfect combination of deadly force, ease of use, and affordability. During this period the Supermarine Spitfire, Messerschmitt BF-109, and Mitsubishi A6M- Zero were all developed. But at Boulton Paul Aircraft, a…