As with any heavy machinery, an airplane is not designed to last forever, but how do New York airlines decide when a plane is no longer safe to fly? The lifespan of an airplane, according to Prime Industries Inc., is not a cut and dry thing. It requires many factors to be considered before an airplane is deemed too old to fly.
When a plane crashes, there is an immediate rush to figure out why it crashed. Authorities want to know what went wrong. They use the information gathered to help prevent the same thing from happening in the future. While this is a great thing and authorities in New York do a good job of assessing issues, sometimes the real problem is overlooked.
Air travel is pretty safe in general. Whether you fly out of New York or into it, you are relying on many people's hard work to ensure your flight goes smoothly and that you get from one place to the other safely. However, as with any mode of transportation, things can sometimes go wrong. Someone drops the ball, and it leads to a plane crash.
Like many people, you may not enjoy sitting in the middle seat when you fly out of New York. However, a new seating design could make this seat more comfortable.
Automation is in increasing feature in many areas of life, including personal transportation. In a recent post on this blog, we noted that one of the safety improvements made in the aviation industry over the years has been to ensure pilots are trained in manual operation of airplanes so as to avoid accidents arising from overreliance on automation.
Readers are accustomed to hearing, from time to time, about small plane and large airline accidents in the news, particularly those involving large crowds of people. Such accidents, particularly small plane accidents, occur with relative frequency. Hot air balloon accidents, on the other hand, do not occur as often.
One of the growing trends right now in manufacturing is the so-called Zero Defect movement. In addition to automotive manufacturing, another area where the trend is growing is aircraft manufacturing. The idea, boiled down, is that high quality control needs to be provided on the front end of manufacturing rather than left for post-manufacturing repair and maintenance.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, in response to a court decision which allowed states to set their own standards of care regarding product liability for the aviation industry, is requesting that authority to regulate such matters be given solely to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency responsible for regulating civil aviation and managing the development of air traffic control.
It may be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but the movie "A Christmas Story" came to mind recently as we read about a Congressional hearing. Americans of a certain age have a particular fondness for the movie. We either were a Ralphie or knew a kid like Ralphie, the boy who had his heart set on finding a special gift under the tree come Christmas morning: an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle. No, the adults said, you'll shoot your eye out.
If the in-seat entertainment system acts a little funny the next time you fly, look around for a guy with a laptop. According to the FBI, a passenger on a United Airlines flight claims that he was able to hack the aircraft's entertainment system. The passenger also happens to be a cyber security expert.