mindFly KathaApr 20, 2021
Only a Law can alter the terms of your sleep
No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law. Article 21 Indian Constitution 1950.
The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India concurring opinion, stated that "it is evident that right of privacy and the right to sleep have always been treated to be a fundamental right like a right to breathe, to eat, to drink, to blink, etc.".
We can conclude that the Sleep of crew members is a fundamental right protected by the constitution of India. Restriction can only be imposed on fundamental rights through a law or an act enacted by the state or central government. The act must pass the test of reasonableness and must not be arbitrary. unfair, whimsical or fanciful.
“My mind clicks on and off…I try letting one eyelid close at a time while I prop the other open with my will. But the effort’s too much. Sleep is winning. My whole body argues dully that nothing, nothing life can attain, is quite so desirable as sleep.” Charles Lindbergh, describing the fatigue that struck him nine hours into his 33-hour solo Atlantic crossing.
Training of trainers: Key to a sound pilot training foundation
The trainers are a key element in the learning triangle connecting the content wth the trainees.
Advaita Katha: The air crash survivor
Advaita Katha is about experiential learning. Learn from the tales narrated by an air crash survivor.
Kedarnath Helicopter Accident was preventable
The irregularities in operations and compromise in safety while flying helicopters in mountainous areas was identified in the June 2022 audit by DGCA. The audit took place after being forced under public pressure after a video of a hard landing at Kedarnath emerged in the social media. A fine of just INR 5 lac was akin to legalising crimes and the unsupervised flying continued.
Pilot fatigue introduction
66% of pilots who participated in the survey responded that they have inadvertently dozed off in the cockpit without informing the other pilot.
Are the Pilots fatigued? Safety Matters Survey Report
Bulls eye to the sky
Advaita Katha In its simplest form, storytelling remains a powerful element of learning, with the narrative being equally as compelling as books and presentations. They humanize learning. It offers us the opportunity to connect to like-minded characters, or see the world literally from within someone else’s skin. Stories touch our emotions and help develop empathy.Plus, no matter how organized or detailed a textbook might be, there’s something about the shape of a narrative—the exposition, the problem, the quest for a solution, the resolution—that resonates with our mental makeup.Storytelling has been an integral part of Indian culture for generation, with each region developing its own unique style of narration.Let the worldly wise, who have seen the skies share and give others a short respite.On that note, let the words flow …..www.advaitakatha.com
The roof of the Aloha Airlines B-737 blew away exposing the complacency in the industry on maintenance standards
The fuselage of the Aloha Boeing failed, despite the fact that it was designed and built to well proven rules. Why? The whole industry had become complacent about maintenance and particularly about the durability of old aircraft. To put this in perspective the accident aircraft was nineteen years old, older no doubt than the cars driven by most of the passengers. The aircraft had operated for 35,496 hours, in other words it had actually been up in the air for a total of four years. The aircraft had taken off 89,680 times, that means each flight had averaged only about 25 minutes. Every 25 minutes the skin, the frames and the joints had been stretched as the fuselage had been pumped up to maximum pressure. How could the airlines and their mechanics have become complacent about their planes while treating them like this?
Boeing was concerned about its old aircraft in general terms, it too was complacent about the fuselage. This was because of a naive faith in a concept called the "lead crack". Boeing engineers believed that if the fuselage did crack anywhere, a single "lead crack" would grow along the skin until it reached a fuselage frame, then it would turn at right angles and a triangular shaped tear would blow out and safely dump fuselage pressure. Boeing is a close knit company and when an idea like this takes hold it becomes accepted as gospel. It went unchallenged by most of the FAA. The British and Australian authorities never accepted the concept but needed an accident to prove them right.(Lessons from Aloha: Martin Aubury)
Singapore Airlines B777 levels out at 500ft, as strong cultures overshadow procedures
Pointing & Calling way to reduce common errors
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Airbus runway overrun protection fault inhibited when the systems is deployed, is it logical?
The Runway Overrun Protection System (ROPS) is designed to alert the flight crew in the case of potential runway overrun situation. The overrun warning (ROW) function automatically arms at 400ft AGL and works until start of braking. The Runway overrun protection (ROP) works from start of braking until the aircraft stops. The surprising part is that the ROW/ROP LOST fault which is triggered when the ROW/ROP is lost is inhibited below 800feet on the final approach till the aircraft decelerates to 80 kts speed. Effectively, the pilot is unaware of any fault in the system when the system is expected to be deployed and functioning. Isn't this giving the flight crew a false sense of safety whereas the system could be functioning or not functioning. I am sure that a lot of though must have gone behind the logic but definitely worth a discussion.
5G will spin money for telecoms but keep the airplanes away
Listen to the congress sub-committee hearing on the 5G issue. The 5G mess in the USA has exposed the corporate culture in the USA where lobbies decide on the course of action. Is it the $81 billion which is shaping the policy or aviation safety? Safety is always a balance between production and protection. Too much of anything is bad.
In the business of training pilot and the Union Budget 2022-23
Becoming a pilot is an expensive proposition due to the high training costs without an assurance of a job and on the other hand can be a lucrative business for some. Every year hundreds of youth train to become pilots at flying schools in India and abroad having borrowed huge sums in loans or mortgage. A pilots profession not only pays well but increases the social standing of an individual. The youth is desperate for jobs and the airlines need pilots, but do airlines have a moral and social responsibility of not making pilot training into a business which works towards maximising profits and at some stage even insensitivity?
When Wasps take fancy to the aircraft Pitot Probe to build mud nests, safety is compromised.
Interactions between aircraft and wildlife are frequent and can have serious financial and safety consequences. Birds are the most common threat to aircraft, with a host of terrestrial animals also implicated. This podcast is about the Wasps building mud nests in Pitot Probes of Aircraft. These can cause blockages and lead to aircraft instrumentation displays errors.
The Airbus A320 failed to lift as the pilot pulled full back on the stick, not again! Center of Gravity
The aircraft was departing from Runway 26 at London Luton Airport, but when the PF made a normal aft movement of the side stick control at rotation airspeed, the aircraft did not pitch up. The PF increased the side stick input close to the maximum deflection. When the aircraft still did not pitch up, the PM selected TOGA thrust. The aircraft responded and a climb was commenced but then the pilots forgot to retract the landing gear till about 5000ft.
Go Around at Orly led to GPWS warnings as the aircraft descended
When the plane was on final for runway 25 at Orly, a Runway Incursion Monitoring and Collision Avoidance System (RIMCAS) warning was activated due to the presence of a bird-control vehicle in the vicinity of the runway safety area. However, the bird-control vehicle was behind the holding point and outside the runway safety area. The erroneous activation of the RIMCAS warning was due to the relocation of the holding point, after work, not being taken into account in the system parameters. Due to the RIMCAS warning and the absence of a reply from the driver of the vehicle, the controller ordered the crew to perform a go-around after they had passed through the decision altitude (DA). The crew carried out the go-around by initially displaying a thrust and a pitch attitude which resulted in a high vertical speed. They then engaged the auto-throttle (A/T) although the autopilot (A/P) was disengaged. The left turn was started late and the high bank angle triggered the “BANK ANGLE” warning. The missed approach altitude was exceeded during the turn. Under the combined effect of a nose-down input from the PF and the A/T reducing the thrust, the plane next re-descended below 2,000 ft. The controller then cleared the crew to climb to 3,000 ft. The crew’s selection of this altitude caused a V/S mode reversion with the instantaneous vertical speed taken as the target speed (-1,100 ft/min).
Change management and systems designs exposed during COVID19 social distancing!
A serious incident caused by a combination of operating factors in a complex system interacting in a manner which had neither been designed nor predicted. If passenger and cargo distribution on an aircraft leads to an undetected out of trim condition, the potential outcome could be unexpected handling qualities or control limitations.
Airbus 320 NEO Center of Gravity issue
Residents of Dhariwal will remember you with respect & gratitude forever.....a farewell letter to my GrandFather
An emotional & inspiring farewell letter written by the residents of Dhariwal, Gurdaspur, Punjab. He established the 1st D.A.V. School in Dhariwal at the age of 24years and fought against Proselytism.
RASE a repository of anonymous safety experiences
RASE is an open platform mobile application where the users can share experiences/information that they normally write down in notes or remember at the back of their mind while flying an airplane or operating to an airport. Those unique features that are not normally found in company documents but are crucial or helpful.
RASE app is available in iOS download here
Humans have a GPS like navigation system in the Brain
Inspirational farewell letter written to my Grand Father
My Grand Father, Chaudhari Prakash Chand was working at the New Egerton Mills in Dhariwal, Gurdaspur, Punjab. Protested against proselytism by the Britishers in 1920 & subsequently lost his 1st job for establishing the DAV school. Survived attempts on his life at the age of 20 yrs. The residents of Dhariwal, Gurdaspur wrote this touching farewell letter for his contributions to the society.
Read by Mariam.
Know Thy Self: Emotional Intelligence
Triage could have saved the AirIndia Express Co-Pilot's life
Air India Express IX1344 accident at Calicut airport where the aircraft plunged 35 meters killing 21 people including the pilots. The victims were transported to various hospitals in ambulances and private vehicles. While ambulances are equipped with life saving medical equipment, the Co-Pilot was rushed to a hospital 25km away an hours drive on the backseat of a private car thereby depriving him of the critical life saving equipment.
Qatar Airways close call with crossing aircraft over Iran
A Qatar Airways newly acquired Airbus A350-1000 series aircraft had a close call over Iran on 12th April when it came into close proximity with another crossing aircraft. The airliner equipped with the state of art technology and traffic collision avoidance system was seen climbing by about 500ft while cruising at 34000ft on a flight from Doha, Qatar to Los Angles, USA.
COVID19 & the Psychology of fear
McCurdy observed during the bombing of London in the World War that there were 3 categories.
1. Those who dies and those who were injured
2. Those who missed narrowly
3. The remote misses
The behavior varied and so was their definition of fear.
IATA Travel Pass, the safest solution to reopen international borders amidst the COVID19 pandemic
The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for both. It is built it in modules as an industry solution based on open-source standards. It can be used in combination with other providers or as an end-to-end solution. The most important thing is that it is responsive to industry needs while enabling a competitive market.
Training Fads and Fables
Be skeptical about claims for effectiveness of training methods. Always ask questions and on implementation of these techniques.
Aviation ministry sits on INR1450 Cr in the backdrop of unpaid salaries & COVID crisis
COVID19 crisis has crippled the aviation sector which has witnessed salary cuts and job losses to stay afloat. In this time of crisis the civil aviation ministry has managed to overlook utilization of budgetary allocation of a staggering INR1450 Cr FY 2020-21.
Prevent conflict of interest, parliamentary committee recommends moving AAIB from Civil Aviation Ministry
The Committee felt that the administrative jurisdiction of AAIB under the Ministry of Civil Aviation go against the tenets of impartiality and equality, since it may raise the genuine question of conflict of interest.
Boeing 737Max grounded in India till further orders & how FAA misunderstood the Max flight control system
- The DGCA has issued an AIC dated 20th April 2021 which states that The operation of B737 Max aircraft will not take place from/to Indian airports & transit or enter Indian airspace effective 13th March 2019 till further notice.
- The Watchdog Faults FAA For 'Significant Misunderstanding' Of Flight System
RASE, the anonymous safety experiences sharing platform
RASE is a repository of safety experiences. The USP of this mobile application is that experiences can be shared globally through an easy to fill form and experiences can be sorted through a searchable database in various formats.
The application is for all X borders, uniting personnel using similar fleet, airports or just for information sake.
High reliability organizations in Aviation
Important case studies in HRO research include both studies of disasters (e.g., Three Mile Island nuclear incident, the Challenger Disaster and Columbia Disaster, the Bhopal chemical leak, the Tenerife air crash, the Mann Gulch forest fire, the Black Hawk friendly fire incident in Iraq) and HROs like the air traffic control system, naval aircraft carriers, and nuclear power operations.