Captain Shaukat Hussain Khan of Pakistan International Airlines Corportation

An acknowledgment of a great and safe aviator. He was the unsung hero of PIA who is overlooked, a giant among dwarfs, with a vision beyond making dollars on a flight pattern. He came from Orient Airways and should be placed at the same level as the first MD of PIA, Ispahani for his pioneering…

Incident 10 April 1959 on Eid ul Fitr

On 10 April 1959, an Indian Air Force photo reconnaissance Canberra bomber intruded into Pakistan air space and the air engagement which followed with Pakistan Air Force fighter interceptors resulted in the shooting down of the bomber. Such violations had occurred earlier but the intruding aircraft had managed to quickly slip back into their own…

Runway Markings [Pilot Refresher]

Runway Markings In the interest of safety, regularity or efficiency of aircraft operations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recommended for the guidance of the public the following airport marking (Runway numbers and lettered are determined from the approach direction. The number is the whole number nearest one-tenth the magnetic azimuth of the centreline of…

Contact Update

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Women in aviation

  The United States Air Force’s first African American female fighter pilot Women have been involved in aviation from the beginnings of both lighter-than air travel and as airplanes, helicopters and space travel were developed. Women pilots were also called “aviatrices” (singular: “aviatrix”). Women have been flying powered aircraft since 1908, however most, prior to…

Complacency / Uncontrollable Fire

COMPLACENCY Pk 705, 19/5/1965; AP-AMH, B720-047B Time is UTC; Cairo is UTC + 2 AP-AMH Pk 705 departed Karachi at 1800 on May 19 for Dhahran, and from there onwards to Cairo at 2122. Approaching Cairo at 2340, the aircraft was cleared for a left-hand visual circuit to Runway 34. The crew reported turning final…

Commercial Air Accidents/Incidents 1989-1998

1989   Damage to United Airlines Flight 811 after the cargo door blew open mid-flight. 9 passengers were ejected through the hole. January 8 – British Midland Flight 92, a Boeing 737, crashes near Kegworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, after one of its engines loses a fan blade and fails. Of the 118 passengers and eight…