At a press conference on Monday, Malaysian officials announced that Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a 777 that has been missing since March 8th, has likely crashed into the Indian Ocean and all on board have perished.
Details had been obtained from new satellite data from Inmarsat that offer credibility to the idea that the aircraft's last known position was over the Indian Ocean, far from any proper landing area and without enough fuel to make it to land. Inmarsat says that with tracking methods never before utilized in an investigation, it was able to Read More...
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The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has everyone wondering how a Boeing 777 can disappear, seemingly without a trace.
It is, after all, a rather large, ETOPS-certified airplane. And in today's age of on board technology, satellites and GPS coverage, why in the world can we not find this airplane?
I've received a number of emails and messages from people asking this question. And I have to respond by telling people that I don't actually have any insider information or knowledge about what might have happened. My guess is as good as the next guy's.
At first, I had theories of my own, but with each passing day I'm left with nothing but questions, just like everyone else. With the lack of details available regarding the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, there's just no way to know.
I wonder, like the rest of the world, what could have gone so wrong.
But it's one thing to wonder and another to Read More...
If you've ever been asked to describe the electrical system on an airplane, then you know that aircraft systems like these can be complicated to explain, even with a detailed schematic!
I learned a good technique for explaining systems during my multi-engine training years ago, and although it might be oversimplified, it's also a really good method for organizing systems knowledge into one well thought-out and thorough explanation. Check it out in my article 4 Easy Steps to Explaining Aircraft Systems.
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When it comes to nonprofit organizations in the aviation industry, Women in Aviation, International is one of the best accidental success stories there is. The organization will celebrate its 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando next week, a milestone that countless people in the aviation industry are thankful for.
In 1990, WAI founder Peggy Chabrian conducted the first Women in Aviation Conference in Prescott, Arizona with the idea that it would be a one-time event.
The first conference had 140 attendees. These days, a few thousand people and over 100 exhibitors attend the conference each year for a chance to network, win scholarships, talk to recruiters and otherwise enjoy the company of fellow aviation enthusiasts.
This year's conference includes tours of Read More...