Aviation safety has much to gain from neuroscience: studying how our brains become “deaf” to alarms allows us to adapt the pilot's flight instruments.
Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot?
Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.
When is it too hot to fly?
Major airports around the world will see more frequent flight restrictions in the coming decades because of increasingly common hot temperatures.
Captain, we’re being pummeled by cosmic rays!
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The true radiation risk from commercial flying has nothing to do with security scans. A radiation expert explains how much cancer risk the most frequent of flyers take on when they take to the skies.
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The U.S. is considering expanding a ban it imposed in March on several Middle Eastern countries to all flights from Europe. A close look suggests the meager benefits just aren't worth the high costs.
Government regulations require airlines to say and do certain things before any flight.
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United Airlines' recent stumbles suggest its culture is too 'tight' and constrained by rules, leaving employees little room to make judgement calls.
Nearly 60% of pilots say they know of colleagues who are tired at work.
An EgyptAir plane disappeared from radar en route to Egypt from Paris.
Only six percent of airline accidents in 2015 included fatalities. A security expert argues that a more accurate risk assessment of airline travel would take into account close calls.
Air accident investigations are meticulous, thorough, and are the reason air travel is as safe as it is.
Being a pilot may be an exciting career choice but working conditions aren't always what they're cracked up to be.
Hackers in seat 61? Not what passengers want to see in-flight.
If passengers are to be offered in-flight Wi-Fi, then airlines should add another black box to record what's happening on their networks.
Not as easy as flicking on autopilot.
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Cost cutting by commercial airlines has led to a worrying rise in inexperienced pilots.
Understanding the psychology of tragedies need not involve knee-jerk prejudice.
Two hands on the wheel is twice as safe.
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It takes two people to launch a nuclear missile - it's time the same level of safety returned to the cockpit.
Two up front for safety?
The aims of safety and security are not always on the same team, sometimes with disastrous results.
Another tube filled with explosive fuel, potential ignition sources and people transported safely.
If you’ve been following the news it might seem like there’s been a lot of air crashes recently. It might seem that flying has become a risky business. In a society with a free press and a great number…
Could climate change be making flying more unsafe?
On December 28, AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed into the sea between Indonesia and Singapore. Shortly before the crash, the pilots requested an alteration to the flight route due to severe weather. While…
AirAsia flight QZ8501 is the third flight from a Malaysian carrier to be lost in 2014.
While the full picture has yet to emerge, it appears that the reason for the loss of Air Asia flight QZ8501 is different from the losses of MH370 and MH17 earlier this year. MH17 was clearly a man-made…
This wreckage contains lessons.
The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 goes on. According to Angus Houston, the retired Australian air force officer co-ordinating the hunt, it could take two years to locate the wreckage. The phrase…
Safety matters: a review into aviation safety regulation is due to report this month.
At a recent Senate Committee inquiry into the future of Qantas, both major airlines deflected concerns about the quality and safety of offshored maintenance with assurances that the facilities are safe…