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

Measuring Aircraft Height (continued)
on November 15, 2012

Last time, I spoke about the ways of measuring the altitude of an aircraft, as the most important thing we need to know is the altitude above the local airfield or Altitude Above Airfield Level (AAL),

Measuring Aircraft Height
on November 7, 2012

So you’d like to know how high an aircraft flies. After all, this must be the most basic measurement we can have. In this blog we’ll look at how aircraft measure height, and then see where problems arise.

Open Source
on November 1, 2012

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time I was sitting in a meeting in Washington at the offices of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). Around the table were the main suppliers of flight data analysis

on October 24, 2012

Before our slight air crash deviation in the last post, we were talking about what exactly Flight Data Software does. Today, we’re going to have a chat about how FDS’s particular Flight Data Software was

The Plane Crash
on October 17, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a plane crash? It’s a morbid and frightening thought – but one that we can’t help considering at times. On Thursday 11 October, Channel 4 in the UK