Tag Archives: accidents

What exactly is a black box?

After any aviation disaster occurs, one of the primary items the crash investigators seek to find is the black box. But what is it and what does it do? Firstly, a black box consists of two separate boxes – a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder. Secondly, they aren’t black but dayglo orange […]

Parachutes For Passenger Planes

Ever wish that if your passenger plane got into trouble you could just fire an ejector seat and parachute to safety? Well a Ukrainian inventor has gone one step further. Tatarenko Vladimir Nikolaevich has spent the last 3 years working on a design for an aircraft with a detachable cabin that, in an emergency situation, could be safely ejected […]

Are pilots psychologically assessed?

The lives of many people are in the hands of the pilots at the front of an airliner and, as was highlighted in the tragic Germanwings crash, the psychological state of a pilot can be vitally important in safe guarding those lives.  So what assessment, if any, is carried out on pilots? Well as regards […]