Einstein and Newton Stop on the Runway
on January 31, 2013

In my last blog I mentioned two different ways of looking at the ability of an aircraft to stop on the runway, and here is a supplement about dimensional analysis of these measures. In dimensional analysis

Unusual Open Source Freedoms
on January 16, 2013

Let’s talk about free beer. To quote from, “…free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To better understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free

on January 2, 2013

I recently took a canal boat holiday to Chester. Earlier in the year we held a Safety Seminar at Baltimore where Renee Dupont-Adam spoke on the subject of human factors in aviation safety. Now,

Driving Safety Attitudes
on December 19, 2012

Ah, the joys of aviation. You find me aloft at more than 30,000ft blissfully unconcerned by the unnatural feat I am undertaking. I have handed my safety to the skill of the crew; people I have never met

Hurrah for Firm Landings
on December 12, 2012

I have the pleasure of working each day with Capt. Derek Murphy, who is an experienced 146/RJ captain and safety manager. Derek has a splendid way of observing life. For example, we were discussing

Data Latency
on December 5, 2012

One important characteristic of flight data is that, as we discussed previously, the parameters are sampled different rates and there may be different latency (the time from the measurement being taken

Adding Two Parameters
on November 28, 2012

So here is a complete blog just on the topic of how to add two parameters together. You will remember from infant school that one apple plus one apple equals two apples, well in FlightDataLand things get

Caring For All Passengers
on November 21, 2012

Today (or rather this evening as it is 18:30 now), you find me in the Heathrow terminal lounge waiting to catch a flight to the International Aviation Safety Seminar in Santiago. To my right sit Ann, Belle