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AirlineSafety.Com is dedicated to the subject of airline safety and seeks to provide a free-market forum for the discussion of policies and issues which are germane to airline safety.

The Editor believes there are too many hidden political axes grinding in much of the media today on the subject of airline safety. Every writer has his bias, but few are willing to state up front what that bias is. It is very important for the reader to understand the bias of the writer. Policy recommendations are too often governed by such bias instead of being governed by rational conclusions flowing from a dispassionate analysis of all available facts.

Therefore, the Editor of this web site states up front that his bias is oriented along free-market lines. He believes in free and open discussion on the issues and that Government regulation and coercion usually makes things worse, not better. The long history of incompetence and bureaucratic bungling of the FAA, in regards to its supposed mission to guarantee our safety, is an ongoing case in point.

With that free-market bias in mind, the reader can more accurately judge whether Editorials on this page tend to make conclusions which are in rational harmony with the facts, or if they only flow from that bias, regardless of the facts.




"If America is ever to triumph in its war against Islamic terrorism, we must get past the idea that we are its root cause. Specifically, we must get past the idea that a suicide bomber is just a peace-loving Muslim who, if we hadnít set him off, would be growing figs and building sandcastles. Strapping explosives to your torso, marching yourself into a crowded marketplace and blowing yourself up in order to slaughter as many civilians, including women and children, as you can is a profoundly demented act, an act which undoes a dozen or so millennia in the moral evolution of the human species.

"Such an act is not triggered by Americaís sociopolitical landscape or by its foreign policy. Rather, it is nurtured by an intellectually degenerate culture, sponsored by sleazy kleptocratic regimes and authorized by a once-honorable religious tradition perverted to serve the pipedreams of an apocalyptic death cult."

Itís Muslim civilization, not America, that must change in order for Islamic terrorism to cease.  Mark Goldblatt

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Dr. William Happer, Professor of Physics at Princeton University, discusses the modern day version of the  "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds," which today appears as a new religion which many of us describe as "AGW Zealotry."

And, much like the terror of Medieval religion, rationality, logic and civility has been largley dispensed with by those who keep screaming that the "Sky is Falling!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKBwoO8DOPw


"We start with, 'We have already made up our minds,' how do we make the data stick? Well, we have already made up our minds, then, we announce the world is ending, and then we smear our critics." 

THAT is the AGW zealot religion version of the "Scientific Method." (paraphrasing Steve Milloy, of "Junk Science" fame.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXZ3c5UkkCA


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The Ditching of Pan Am Flight 6:  How the superb skill and judgment of Captain Ogg, saved all on board.


Kamikaze Airline Unions: Dropping bombs on their own ships.


The Irrelevancy of ALPA in the 21st Century:  Guest Editorial by Captain Brian Wilson


Helios 737 Crash in Greece: Additional discussion on that crash, by one of our military readers.


A Dead Goose Can't Tell the Difference:  How the arrogance and greed of ALPA Union Boss Rick Dubinsky, destroyed jobs and pensions at United Airlines.


The Alleged FAA Safety Factor: Are we really safer, because of the existence of that Incompetent Bureaucracy?


The Chuck Sisto Affair:  Defending dangerous pilots.


JetBlue emergency landing:  LAX 050921. Captain Scott Burke saves the day.


B-777 loses vital air data information in Australia What happened and why?


The 737 Crash in Greece: Demonstrates the importance of Supplemental Oxygen Regulations, and why all pilots should comply with them at all times.


Captain Tom Bunn: He provides therapy for Fearful Flyers, to alleviate their anxiety----or does he?


What the Media Should Know about Accident Reporting: Best to avoid speculation


Are Cell Phones a Threat to Airliner Navigation?  Can they cause planes to crash?


Crew Psychology: Cockpit Vs Cabin Crews. The need for Integrated CRM training.


Pilots and Memories: A fallible human system.


Why Routine Flights End in Disaster.


Barriers to Effective Cockpit Communication.


Monovision Contact Lens and the Crash of Delta 554


Human Error Vs Terrorism.


CRM: The Instructor's View.


Runway Incursions:  Where are We?


The Crash of AMR 587:  Accident or Terrorism?


Terror in The Skies:  The Kamikaze Attacks Upon the United States. What our response should be to unmitigated evil.


The New MD-10 model:  Should pilots be dual qualified with the MD-11?


Pilot Fatigue:  How it affects performance and safety.


More on Fear of Flying:  How one reader conquered that demon.


Rushing to Die: The Crash of Singapore Airlines 006: How could the captain have made such an egregious error?


Fear of Flying: Is it rational?  Is there help?

737  Rudder  Design: What is the  status of the re-design and fix?

Heart over Mind: The Death of JFK, Jr.  The pilotís task, no less than everyone elseís, is to grasp reality, not to invent it...
Why Do Airlines Use "Recirculated" Air? Will it make me sick?

Deregulation & The 1983 Continental Strike: Was Airline Safety Harmed by Deregulation?


Alaska Air 261 crash: What is a stabilizer? Are there previous crashes caused by stabilizer malfunctions?

The Government Spiral:  All too many people, who otherwise understand the virtues of a free market, become committed socialists when they reserve an airline seat.

How Safe is the MD-11Read its accident, incident and AD history.

Passenger Initiated Evacuations: Should passengers wait for crew instructions after an emergency landing?

Swissair Flight 111: How dangerous are in-flight fires? How often do they happen?

Extortion Assumptions of the AMR Pilots. They could care less how they injure their customers.

Airline Deregulation: How ax-grinding authors like  John Nance and others distort the facts of history.
Unheeded Warning:  The problem with inflight-icing on some turboprop airliners, which have inadequate design.

Flight SimulatorsWhat effect do they have on commercial  aviation?

Union Protection and Airline Safety:  How ALPA contracts have provided a negative incentive for airline safety.

Inherent Biases & Unions: Is there any valid data to show a correlation between airline safety and union membership?

CRM: The Missing Link:
Should the decisions of an airline captain ever be overruled by the F/O?

ATC Cover-Up:  Why is it not a crime for FAA personnel to block a safety investigation that would reveal their own wrong doing?

Schuller Power:  Rev. Robert Schuller's alleged assault on a United Airlines flight attendant, has highlighted a growing problem in the airline industry.