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World-renowned former NTSB lead investigator Greg Feith and former NTSB board member John Goglia talk about everything aviation.

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World-renowned former NTSB lead investigator Greg Feith and former NTSB board member John Goglia talk about everything aviation.

    Fly the Way You Train, Train the Way You Fly

    Fly the Way You Train, Train the Way You Fly

    Episode 15 They have dissected the more than 300 pages of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) final report on Lion Air Flight 610 and John and Greg reach a very different conclusion. The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was not the root cause, flight crew deficiencies are more likely the root cause. Once again, John and Greg stick to the facts presented in the report. They find that those facts are twisted in the report analysis as well as media coverage. This leads to misplaced blame on the MCAS system and, worse, missed opportunities to improve aviation safety. Calling the conclusion that MCAS was the cause a “leap of logic,” John and Greg instead look at documented issues with crew training and the direct parallels those issues have to what happened in the cockpit that fateful day.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Lion Air Accident Report Analysis

    Lion Air Accident Report Analysis

    Episode 14Greg and John do a moment by moment analysis of the events leading up to the crash of Lion Air Flight 610. They share their takeaways following months of dissecting the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) final report regarding the crash. They put the facts in context – facts listed in the report as well as details that are missing. The MCAS system that is widely blamed for the crash was activated for only 10 seconds of the first 6 minutes of the 11:37 flight. The report shows that the pilot was controlling the plane. The Flight Safety Detectives find:The airplane was not airworthy for days prior to the crashMaintenance was not done properlyFlight crew stresses: the captain was sick and the first officer was called in ahead of his regular scheduleAt takeoff, aircraft control warnings were triggered that are not analyzed for impact on the sequence of eventsFlight crew did not follow proceduresQuality of the pilot training program is not examined John and Greg bring in insights from other crashes to provide an unmatched analysis of this tragedy.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The (Real) Facts of the Indonesian Report

    The (Real) Facts of the Indonesian Report

    Episode 13The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) final report regarding the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 continues to get a lot of media attention. Moving away from soundbites, John and Greg examine the actual words and facts found in the report and call out numerous false narratives. Chaos in the cockpit? The report mentions that the sound of pages being turned in the operations manual could be heard on the cockpit voice recorder. Aircraft failure? The report does not support that conclusion. The report documents known maintenance issues that were not fixed more than 20 days before the crash. It also fails to dig into the pilot training program. These and other facts in the report lead to conclusions other than the current focus on the aircraft as being the root cause of the crash, according to the Flight Safety Detectives. They also discuss recent developments at Boeing and the impacts for airlines, employees, investors and the flying public. Photo: Greg in the simulator at Boeing Headquarters in Seattle.

    • 58 min
    Asking the Hard Questions at Boeing and Looking at Recent General Aviation Crashes

    Asking the Hard Questions at Boeing and Looking at Recent General Aviation Crashes

    Episode 12John and Greg share observations from their recent visit to Boeing headquarters. During executive briefings they asked the same tough questions they pose in their podcasts, sometimes stumping the experts. They share how the visit validated the observations they have shared about the LionAir and Ethiopian Airline crashes. They also found more details that are important to finding the answers that will lead to increased air safety. This episode also digs into two Thanksgiving weekend general aviation crashes. John and Greg walk you through their initial observations and provide a detailed walk-through of how investigators will determine the causes of both accidents. Image: A Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft, the type of plane that recently crashed in South Dakota.

    • 37 min
    Patience! Tips for Safe Air Travel this Holiday Season

    Patience! Tips for Safe Air Travel this Holiday Season

    Episode 11The holiday season is a busy time for air travel. John and Greg advise that patience and planning can minimize the stress of holiday travel and help you arrive safely.Give yourself plenty of extra timeBe sure your bags don’t have any prohibited items and meet size and weight limitsReview current TSA rules so you can get through security smoothlyOnce on the plane, review the safety information and have a mental plan in case of emergency Keep in mind that all the people who work in airports and on airplanes are trained professionals who want to keep you safe. Treat them with respect. John and Greg note that air travel is safe and chances of an accident are minimal. A little preparation can make your holiday travels go smoothly. In addition to offering these and other tips for a safe and stress-free flight, John and Greg call on the FAA to reconsider flight evacuation procedures. Reduced seating areas, passenger mobility issues, and other factors of modern air travel impact flight crews’ ability to meet the 90-second standard for evacuations.  Happy holidays from the Flight Safety Detectives!

    • 41 min
    Aviation Safety Demands More than Soundbites and Other Takeaways from Boeing on Capitol Hill

    Aviation Safety Demands More than Soundbites and Other Takeaways from Boeing on Capitol Hill

    Episode 10John and Greg explore what was said and what wasn’t said when Boeing executives recently spent two days on Capitol Hill testifying before congress. Their take: the hearings were an emotional platform for congressmen to point fingers, not an opportunity for fact finding. As always, John and Greg use the podcast format to go deeper than 30 second soundbites. They talk in detail about the questions that need to be asked. They refocus the discussion on the facts of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) final report. The narrative that the crash was caused solely by the 737 Max Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) isn’t the whole story. Join John and Greg as they dive into the complex issues that deserve attention. Photo credit: By User:Acefitt - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69781313

    • 49 min

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