David Esler

David Esler
Articles
Building an Oceanic Flight Plan  1
The process of creating a safe, fuel-efficient and regulatory-compliant oceanic flight plan actually begins with the compilation of a comprehensive international operations manual based on standardized procedures and best practices.
A Source For Flight Plan Formats
Looking for a new oceanic flight plan format? Mark McIntyre of Mente LLC advises: "A lot of people aren't aware that international trip planners have a variety of trip flight plan formats. You might want to request a handful of different formats and find one that suits your operation."
Operations: Toward the Electronic Plotting Chart
"We are starting to move into the paperless way of doing things," international Capt. Nat Iyengar observed.
Operations: ‘Predictable Errors’ 
Mitch Launius of Air Training International is waging a campaign against what he terms "predictable errors," especially in North Atlantic operations.
A Failed Post-MX Experience  1
In February 2002, a Gulfstream V underwent maintenance at a repair station at West Palm Beach Airport in Florida. The airplane was placed on jacks for a tire change. During the process, a maintenance tech disabled the weight-on-wheels, aka "squat" switches with wooden "Popsicle sticks" to simulate that the GV was in "ground mode" so he could access the Maintenance Data Acquisition Unit in the cockpit to troubleshoot a false overspeed warning problem.
Lessons From A Master 
Former Royal Air Force aviator O.W. "Wally" Epton, with nearly 17,000 hr. of stick time specializes in conducting functional check flights and training other pilots how to do the same in a responsible and knowledgeable way.
Experience Matters 
BCA contributor James Albright, who authors the "http://code7700.com" website, advises using qualified pilots and mechanics on functional check flights.
Post-Maintenance Test Flying  3
Aviation lore veritably brims with tales of the fearless test pilot flying into harm's way to probe the limits of an experimental airplane's performance, the quintessential scenario being the flutter dive. You know the scene: Pull up, Buck, pull up!
And the Grandparent of Safety Reporting Systems

Today’s FOQA and ASAP voluntary reporting programs owe their origins to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) operated on behalf of the FAA by NASA. The ASRS was conceived by the FAA and NTSB in the wake of the TWA Flight 514 CFIT accident in Virginia while on approach to Dulles International Airport in 1974 with the loss of all 92 souls on board.

Aviation’s Safety Data Dump 1

More data have been generated, collected and processed by the human race in the last 36 months than during the previous 3,000 years. Further, every day of every month the worldwide flood of information on every conceivable subject increases exponentially.

Air Charter Safety Foundation: Dealing With The Quantifiable

The Air Charter Safety Foundation is a partisan of using data to make aviation safer. ACSF was spawned by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) in 2007 to enhance safety in business and general aviation charter operations. One of its first accomplishments was to develop a common safety audit standard for the air charter industry.

International Ops Alerts

The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games — dubbed “Rio 2016” — are scheduled to begin Aug. 5 and extend through Aug. 21. The 2016 Paralympics will run from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18 in the same locale.

What ASIAS Has Wrought

The FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program, operated under contract by the Mitre Corp. and launched in 2007 to aggregate and disseminate data from FOQA, ASAP, ATSAP programs and other sources, has so far yielded 19 safety enhancements (SEs) from data contributed by airlines.

Laser Attacks: Busting the Bad Guys 3
The anti-lasing law has teeth — if law enforcement authorities can find and arrest the perpetrators. Here are some accounts of a handful of laser felons who were caught.
The Risk of Laser Attacks on Pilots Is Real and Growing 56
Imagine executing a complex night approach to a major airport in highly congested airspace — lots of step-downs and a steep final segment — when suddenly an intensively bright light blasts the cockpit.
 

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