February 21st 2008, Santa Barbara Airlines flight 518 is preparing for a flight to Carcass from Alberto Carnevalli Airport Merida, Venezuela. Aldino Garatina Gomez is today’s Captain (age 36). He is a flight instructor and a senior pilot in the airline with 5000 hours of experience. The First Officer is Denis Ferreira Quintal (age 28).Continue reading “Disaster after ignoring 28 seconds”
The sky is more complicated than you’ve ever thought. To a normal person, when they look up, all they see is the clear blue sky. But pilots, on the other hand, manage a complex ‘invisible infrastructure’ that allows them to operate safely in the sky. What are they?
We all wonder how a plane could fly if an engine fails, but it is more worrying if it is in the middle of miles and miles of ocean before finding a place to land safely. These same concerns were expressed by aircraft manufacturers and operators when they wanted their aircraft to cross the oceansContinue reading “One engine rule (ETOPS)”