Richard N. Aarons

Richard N. Aarons
When Irish Eyes: The Importance Of Seeing Things Clearly 
Pilots found themselves impaired visibility as they peered through scratched and degraded oxygen masks while shooting a CAT II approach.
A ‘Go’ Gone Wrong: A Faulty Decision Made Under Pressure  3
Too often we see an NTSB finding that states: "The probable cause(s) of this accident [involving a highly experienced airman] is determined to be the pilot's decision to initiate and continue flight into known adverse weather conditions, which resulted in spatial disorientation, a loss of airplane control and a subsequent inflight breakup."
A Near Catastrophe: Within Feet Of Becoming The Worst Air Disaster  20
An Air Canada A320 came within seconds of landing atop a line of four airliners waiting on a parallel taxiway to take off from Runway 28R at San Francisco.
A Perfect Trap: Rapidly Changing Weather And Visual Illusions  1
Rapidly changing weather and visual illusions combine for near-disaster on St. Maarten.
Midnight Mystery: Air Ambulance Loss Turns Focus To Two Possible Flaws 
In its investigation into the loss of a PC-12 air ambulance in Texas, NTSB has recommended the NWS review its issuance of turbulence advisories.
Fuel Mismanagement: A Problem For Big And Small  1
In a recent study, the NTSB determined that more than 66% of fuel-management accidents occurred on flights when the intended destination was different than the departure airport.
Single-Pilot Overload: A Black-Hole Departure Into Lake Erie  9
A Cessna 525C crashed into Lake Erie moments after takeoff from Runway 24R at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2257 EST.
Fatally Flawed Flight Training: When The Instructor Is A Hazard  13
Ineffective risk management or poor aeronautical decision-making can be associated with almost any type of fatal general aviation accident.
A Reminder On Transitioning To Twins 
“. . . the most important stall recovery step in a multi-engine airplane is the same as it is in all airplanes: Reduce the angle of attack [AOA]."
Alaskan CFIT Continues To Kill  1
Flying in Alaska and Canada’s northern provinces is tough: It takes ingenuity, skill and constant vigilance. Complacency is a killer.
High Workload And Inattention In Terminal Areas  4
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is concerned that pilots operating modern flight control systems can find themselves spending too much heads-in time during rapidly changing, high-workload situations in terminal areas.
Teterboro Crash Facts: Safety Board Operations Chairman’s Report  1
Soon the NTSB will issue its probable cause of the May 15, 2017, crash of a Gates Learjet 35A just short of Runway 1 at Teterboro Airport, New Jersey.
Learjet N452DA CVR Transcript Excerpts 
NTSB investigators took a long look at the human factors elements in the May 15, 2017, loss of a Trans-Pacific Air Charter Gates Learjet 35A and its two crewmembers while attempting an ILS 6 circle to 1 approach in VMC at Teterboro Airport, New Jersey.
When Luck Fails: A Commander Comes To Grief  5
Students of air safety investigation know that most accidents and incidents arise from a series of small events that slip unnoticed into the timeline rather than one catastrophic occurrence.
Working In The Loss Of Tail-Rotor-Effectiveness Envelope  2
Canada's Transportation Safety Board reminds helicopter pilots to be ever vigilant for the situations that can lead to loss of tail-rotor effectiveness. The condition is insidious, comes without warning and can be fatal.
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