There really are people and companies out there that are trying to make air travel more comfortable. Airfares may be unpredictable, on-time arrivals may be rare and free baggage checks may be gone forever, but the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo still manages to find cabin features to celebrate.
Our focus is primarily on civil matters here. We talk about victims suing aircraft manufacturers for damages; we talk about victims' families filing wrongful death claims against airlines. We seldom, if ever, discuss the criminal side of some aviation crashes, but we came across a compelling story this week that will change that.
We are finishing up our posts about an interview with a British pilot published by Business Insider e-zine shortly after Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 crashed. The pilot explained that every pilot operates with a three-word mantra: aviate, navigate, communicate. The priority is always flying the plane. In a crisis situation, then, it makes sense that the pilots would not always be able to make a distress call to ground control.
The March 24 Germanwings plane crash continues to dominate international headlines. The question of the copilot's state of mind even seems to have all but eclipsed news of the negotiations with Iran over the country's nuclear program. Step by step, the public has followed the investigation, debated the rumors, questioned security protocols of the airlines.