Had it not been for Germanwings the story of the last week would have been Qantas seeking powers to dock employee pay for articulating naughty thoughts about going on strike at a future date.READ MORE
The original main reason for some airlines adopting a two-people-in-a-cockpit-at-all-times rule wasn’t as much about terrorist threats but medical emergencies.READ MORE
In the shocked aftermath of the Germanwings disaster European airlines are reported to be rapidly adopting the US rule which prevents any pilot being left alone in a cockpit
Australia’s airlines are likely to adopt the same change in cockpit management soon, or have it imposed on them by regulation at home or more likely abroadREAD MORE
The public prosecutor in Marseilles has confirmed that the young and comparatively inexperienced co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the southern French alps on Tuesday took control of the jet after the captain left the cockpit and then flew it into a mountainREAD MORE
Cockpit security used to be about keeping the baddies out of them. From today it is also going to be about preventing a rogue pilot from being alone in them.READ MORE
A useful digital audio file has been extracted from the damaged cockpit voice recorder retrieved from the site of the Germanwings crash in the southern French alps.
“We hear voices on the recording” a crash investigator told reportersREAD MORE
A severe hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines A330 at Melbourne Airport has kept it stranded there for the last 10 days pending inspections, any necessary repairs and now, an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.READ MORE
Revised The Germanwings A320 that crashed in the French Provence-Alpes inland from the Riviera coast killing all 150 people on board today struck high terrain at an altitude of 2000 metres at the end of a steep eight minutes long descent from its cruising altitude of more than 11,000 metres.READ MORE
Qantas faces some substantial objections to its proposed ‘coordination’ arrangement with China Eastern from Australia’s competition guardian the ACCC, which has served notice that it proposes to deny its application its approval.READ MORE
If there is a shred of human decency in our politicians, steps will be taken to reverse the exposure of domestic air travellers to the loss of post traumatic compensation rights for injured persons that are a part of Australian law in relation to many other types of debilitating accidents.READ MORE
ABC TV’s Four Corners program tonight has a terrible shock for all domestic air travellers.
Australia has willingly signed away your rights for compensation for psychological trauma if you survive a plane crash, in order to harmonise our regulations with those of the rest of the world.READ MORE
The delays on the part of Malaysia’s two major airline brands in meeting their obligations to the relatives of the dead in the MH370 and MH17 disasters and the constant evasions from AirAsia X in refunding monies owed for flights it failed to operate are continuing to damage their standing in Australia.READ MORE
It was windless, sunny and -18C for yesterday’s total eclipse of the sun around Svalbard, but for a while real photos and videos of the rare equinox eclipse were swamped by garbage posted on social media.READ MORE