After all the controversy over Air France AF447 a short ATSB report about a Jetstar incident shows how good safety cultures can avoid tragedy
Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker made an astonishing disclosure to a media conference this week about live streaming data from flight recorders, which no one seems to have picked up on for its implications for new tech high efficiency air traffic control systems.
A headline calling it a ‘battle’ of the control freaks would be an over reach at this stage, but there is no doubt that recent incidents and tragedies involving a loss of control over a modern computer aided airliner are turning up the volume on an important airline industry debate.
A Coronial inquest into the deaths of two UK nationals who were on Air France AF447 when it crashed into the mid Atlantic ocean in 2009 has brought some critical issues in air safety into the public arena.
An ATSB research report has found that there was no evidence to indicate that cadets or low-hour pilots recruited by Australian airlines were any less competent or proficient than their direct entry and high-hour peers.
The French air safety investigator has released yet another damning report into a serious incident involving an Air France airliner, this time a Boeing 777-200 that was nearly flown into the ground approaching Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in November 2011.
More puzzlement as to how an Air France A330-200 could have been belly flopped into the mid-Atlantic in 2009 should add pressure on the French air safety investigator, the BEA, to release the full recording of the conversations in the cockpit of the doomed jet.
Had you been either inside this airliner, or watching from anywhere near the airport, you would have feared for your life or the lives of those on board. Unlike many of the breathless aviation scare stories that make it into the general media, this one would have been a genuine "I thought I was going to die" story.
The Air France AF447 crash report is highly likely to be reassessed in 2013 with more emphasis on the bad blood between the pilots at the controls of the doomed jet which crashed into the mid Atlantic killing 228 people in 2009.
Relief pilot in cockpit of doomed Air France flight AF447 left his seat in a lounge position locked back away from the controls for the entire sequence of events that killed all 228 people on the Airbus in 2009.