What if: the case of Air France flight 447

It is often debated whether the accident of Flight AF447 from Rio to Paris was partly a consequence of the Airbus flight controls. No linkage between sidesticks, lack of feedback, a deceptive Flight Director, auto-trim and a flawed stall alarm. Two Air France Captains share their opinions. One of them is Gérard Arnoux, now retired, who for many years flew Airbus 320 for Air France and is now a technical advisor in the criminal court case. The other captain, who prefers to remain anonymous, flew Airbus 320 aircraft for many years and is now currently commanding a B777.

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It is often debated whether the accident of Flight AF447 from Rio to Paris was partly a consequence of the Airbus flight controls. No linkage between sidesticks, lack of feedback, a deceptive Flight Director, auto-trim and a flawed stall alarm. Two Air France Captains share their opinions.
 

The threat of no deal Brexit

Chaotic scenes may be a harbinger of things to come at UK airports and beyond if Brexit negotiators do not afford some level of priority to the aviation sector.

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Recent flight disruptions may be a harbinger of things to come if Brexit negotiators do not afford some level of priority to the aviation sector.
 

Sad day for Iranian aviation

"Today the window of opportunity is gone and race for illegal acquisition of aviation assets will intensify," writes James Kim, explaining how the U.S. sanctions are likely to affect Iranian aviation.

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Today the window of opportunity for Iranian aviation is gone and race for illegal acquisition of aviation assets will intensify, James Kim believes.
 

The little things that lets pilots down

With airline assessments running over 2-3 days, it is a big investment in time and money for any pilot. It is also a huge emotional investment as often the airline you are applying to has been a life-long goal.

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I had the privilege of talking to several members of Major Airlines HR teams recently. They were extremely candid, let's face it: they are often competing for the same pool of candidates these da
 

Time to earn pilots license

Pilots are getting older, recruitment of new pilots is woefully inadequate. The physically and mentally demanding pilot career is highly rewarding for anyone passionate about aviation. However, one might be surprised that, globally speaking, aviators are getting older and older, especially in North America.

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The global aviation industry faces a serious pilot shortage, many will tell you. A recent study by Boeing reveals that more than 637,000 new pilots are needed in the next 20 years which translates to more than 80 new pilots for every day for the next two decades. CAE estimated last summer that more than 90,000 new pilots are required by 2027. As the middle class expands in the Asia-Pacific region, ICAO predicts that this part of the world will need 230,000 pilots by 2030. Globally speaking, pilot shortage represents a market of $15B.