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First Afghan female helicopters pilots

(CBS News) FORT RUCKER, Alabama - The last American combat troops will exit Afghanistan at the end of 2014. They've been training Afghans to take over the fi...
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Although women in this sector are the minority, I find that my gender does not hinder me but rather motivates me.

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Aviation Safety Resources Introduces Life-Saving Smart Recovery ...

Aviation Safety Resources Introduces Life-Saving Smart Recovery ... | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
Aviation Safety Resources (ASR) has selected Pennsylvania-based Inteprod to design and fabricate the control panel for the prototype of its Smart Recovery System (SRS) for general aviation aircraft. The SRS-1 ...
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This concept seems like a great help to the aviation industry. However, there are a few potential issues that may  need to be addressed. First and most serious issue will be pilot reliance on this system instead of using their 'aviation decision final call'. As seen in the Turkish A223 flight crash which was due to a faulty altmeter, the fragility of software and mechancial controls could be seen. Pilots still staying alert and 'second checking' the outside conditions before acting on this new system would need to be implemented to reduce the likelhood of accidents. The other issue, although not as prevalent in day to day piloting would be hijackings. Hijacking a plane that has all controls automated would make hijacking of a plane by someone who is not a pilot far easier to do.

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NTSB points to pilot error in Asiana Flight 214 crash | Safety content ...

NTSB points to pilot error in Asiana Flight 214 crash | Safety content ... | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
Asiana Airlines Flight 214's pilots didn't have a full understanding of the aircraft's automated systems and “mismanaged” the approach to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the US National Transportation Safety Board ...
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I want to be involved in flight control so reading this poses the idea that people will be less reliant of flight controllers.The reliance on automation and computers by humans poses a huge potential safety issue in years to come. The increase use of computers and mechanical/robotic gear for everyday life finds most of us living in 'auto-pilot' and ultimately putting our reliance and trust in the machinery we are using. Shown in this case, lack of training on  new software as well as too much of a reliance on robotic/mechanical lead to this disaster. Fortunately there were no fatalities however, as auto-reliance continues to grow, this may be the first of many accidents to occur.

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Phoenix Home to Arizona's Only Female Law Enforcement Pilot - KFYI

Phoenix Home to Arizona's Only Female Law Enforcement Pilot - KFYI | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
Phoenix Home to Arizona's Only Female Law Enforcement Pilot
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Tracking down criminals from the air. You've likely seen the Phoenix Police Department's helicopter around the valley.
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I want to be successful in the aviation industry in both flight control and law sector. This article inspires me greatly.

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Improved safety with analytics | Deep In Information

Improved safety with analytics | Deep In Information | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
Improved safety with analytics http://t.co/1RUqJNmpif #predictiveanalytics #aviation
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Interesting reason for crash being a faulty gauge on the plane. This seems too small a reason for the crash to occur. You would think that If your altmeter said that you were closer to the ground, you would check before you put plane in 'idle' given what can happen if  this is done at to great a height. I do not think reliance on one gauge on a large international plane seems adequate enough. Even when people drive their cars, inorder to change lanes both mirrors and head checks are done. We do not just glance to mirrors and turn given issues that can arise. Furthermore, surely on such a huge international airline a back up altmeter or a second 'fall-back' gauge available as to prevent this issue from occuring. Perhaps there is mroe than just the faulty altmeter at play here but rather no secondary back up system.

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Ben Bishop's curator insight, July 15, 2014 6:56 AM

How ohs has made people more aware of the dangers of flying and trying to counter them!