2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 380 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Fading Memories

  June 26, 1971, AP-ATO,  F-27, Zuberi, LHE-MUX-UET-KHI Multan elevation is 403 feet, Quetta (Samungli) airfield is 5287 feet and Karachi is 100 feet. On sector MUX-UET, we crossed a reciprocal F-27 flight near Multan (Capt. Nasim, F/O S.A. Aziz) who painted a cloudy picture enroute and near Quetta. Near destination captain had to be…

An Uncomfortable Decision

AP-AXK on Dec 23, 1980 KHI-CMB: 0540-0920 CMB-KHI: 1030-1405 Time is always recorded in GMT/UTC Soon after I got my command on the B707/720B aircraft, I was confronted by a maintenance problem which in hindsight makes me uncomfortable even now. I was given a B720 out of a maintenance check that morning for a scheduled…

Organizational Culture

Do you have any ideas about how airlines might assess this ‘cultural fit’ factor better? The following are excerpts from Human Factors studies at ERAU, DB: “In an environment where the culture is strong, people may tend to go along to get along creating a phenomenon known as “groupthink.” Groupthink was described by Irving Janis…

Spatial disorientation due illusions

Various complex motions and forces and certain visual scenes encountered in flight can create illusions of motion and position. Spatial disorientation from these illusions can be prevented only by visual reference to reliable, fixed points on the ground or to flight instruments. The leans: An abrupt correction of a banked attitude, which has been entered…