Please preserve us from illiterate and ill-informed journalism, 'troubled plagued' indeed! Facts first and opinion never please journalists or should more accurately say 'reporters'....I guess it is the painful price of the so called 'free press'!
Do 'journalists' have a working brain or just dog poo in their skulls? I am getting rather tired of totally inept journalism ..... sorry...inept reporting! A true journalist writes for respected journals such as Flight International etc. it is the wretched 'hacks' that cause the trouble and frighten off innocent passengers and wreck airline balance sheets!
I dislike the B787 because it is pig ugly even if it is a technical marvel but I would fly on it if it rubs a lousy reporter's nose in his or her own garbage.
It's a shame to see these grand old birds.........
I firmly believe that regulators are so risk averse that many aircraft, ships, automobiles and even hearing aids are given an inbuilt and unrealistic lifespan that a well maintained article/item should easily be able to continue to offer splendid and SAFE service indefinatly. How many well serviced DC-10's and even B707/727's could still be flying with some of the smaller airlines in developing nations that simply cannot get the necessary 'aid' and financial support to operate the B777? Forget this moment the fuel cost debate, it is about access to offer an airline in backwaters to enable global mobility etc..and in some small countries, a DC-10 would be a national flagship.
The military in many countries still operate B707 airframes even though they are nearing 60 years of design life if not airframe life such as E3 Sentry and EC 135 etc and that even the US Air Force operate B747-200's to ferry the President around the planet s
Did they? Are we now in a position to apportion the blame for the failure to deliver the aircraft to it's terminal to those on the flight deck? May I dare to remind readers that due to current protocols, the flight deck is a sealed domain.
Have you and others have access to the data recorded within the flight data recorder? Is it not possible that given the clear visual conditions that the onboard systems failed to connect to the runway ILS if it was operable? Were the pilots able to control this aircraft using those traditional systems that may well have been absent on this aircraft? A perfectly functioning aircraft does not crash land with trained pilots does it?
Using my legal educationally trained brain I would be asking these simple but technical questions before apportioning any blame and constructing a case to bring before any court of law or justice in this matter.
As to the evacuation, it is obvious to those familiar with such airfields that they are vast areas and
Joel, are any current airline pilots competent to fly a computer with wings if the batteries fail? My issue is with how these aircraft are designed whether or not if they are fuel efficient and the ultimate seat cost per flight is factored in, would you or I willingly walk into the cabin if we knew that if the flight crew fell asleep or became otherwise incapacitated, no one was able to penetrate the sealed door to the flight deck and perhaps be able to guide the aircraft to a runway with the aid of someone in a control tower?
I think the Asiana incident at SFO is not simply a pilot error situation but a modern aircraft architecture situation that will rear it's head again somewhere and we cannot prevent it because we do not know what may come next.....I love flying but I may just go by boat!
Am I correct to believe that the door to the flight deck is sealed? How then is it possible for the flight crew to direct procedings in an emergency? Is that not the job of the cabin crew? These situations occur in seconds of time, often as survivors tell us it occurs in slow motion but also so quickly that no one can fully understand what happened during debriefing.
As I have indicated in another thread, the pilot is in command of the ship and is also responsible for the management of the systems installed to aid him/her to do a job of work. If those systems fail to aid the pilot is he/she responsible if the ship founders?
Modern aircraft are no more than computer systems and pilots are mere managers and if I dare to say it, Microsoft Flight Simulators and it's clones offer an insight into modern flight scenario's. Set it up correctly and you get a good outcome. Try to fly it traditionally using aeronautical principles going back to the pioneers of flight and using mechanical
My issue in all of this situation re: Asiana - SFO is pilot competance with ultra modern computer driven aircraft. Try if you can to think back to the Boeing 707 flight decks and how similar it may have been to all of the WW2 flight decks of the Dakota's and Boeings post war aircraft and with even current Cessna private general aviation set ups. They were and are very simple and intuative to trainee's and commercial pilots in the non airline sectors.
Also indulge yourselves and think back to the movie 'Airport' and Mr. Patroni guiding down the aircraft from the tower etc. because he and other knew what the flight deck looked like and the instruments the crew were looking at. Just this last week, a passenger was able to land a light aircraft when his pilot fell ill and the tower talked him down at Humberside Airport. UK. A simple flight deck.
Now consider the same incident in that movie but on the Asiana B777. Is it possible that Mr. Patroni could see what the FMC is showing?
That would be fantastic should governments relax quarantine laws so that dogs could travel. My dog is my child (I was born sterile thus no kids ) and this would allow me to fly more often, even in a below decks area away from those mobile phones and smelly foods eating passengers! Just the thing for Airbus and airlines to consider if they create a A380-900! A kids and dogs cabin.
Journalists scream 'free press' and when pressed claim 'sources' and whenever challenged to identify them they claim 'sources' and refuse to back up their journalism.
These sources are actually mythical beings and the truth is that these 'journalists' use their pretend friends to justify the huge damage they cause when they publish as 'the truth' what they believe is what others tell them but in fact is nothing of the sort.
They call this democracy so if this be democracy give me communism and a licenced media that actually reports the truth, something free press journalist know nothing about. I believe that the US constitution created this mess and hey presto, you get the consequences of such a folly.
If I chose to report such inaccurate garbage I would be hauled before the courts charged with libel but if a so called 'journalist' published exactly the same he would be happily sat in a bar somewhere in the knowledge that he was untouchable because he represented the free 'pre