AerospaceKenya

Crash investigations focus on ‘Why’, and not ‘Whodunnit’

An accident investigation hearing is conducted by non-flying experts who need six months to itemize all the mistakes made by a crew in the six minutes it had to do anything. – Anonymous Aviation does not waste any crisis… The aviation industry does not waste any aircraft accident or serious incident. Every aviation accident or …

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The Boeing 737 Max 8 – Taking no chances with technology

By Dan Odido The saying that no news is good news is so true in aviation. The whole of 2017 passed without news of onboard fatalities in commercial aviation. Indeed there were no crashes of airliners on scheduled flights in the period between December 2016 and February 2018. This was the safest recorded period for …

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InSight Mars Landing Should Inspire Local Space Activity

By Dan Odido Space enthusiasts keenly followed the landing of a space vehicle on planet Mars on Monday 26th November. The landing of InSight on the surface of the red planet was the second great space technology event of the decade. It was preceded by the 2012 landing of the Curiosity Mars Rover. The really …

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Kenya Airways should focus on core business, forget JKIA

By Dan Odido It is a classic case of putting a bandage on your foot because you have a toothache. The cheeky gambit by beleaguered Kenya Airways to run East Africa’s largest airport is an act of desperation, a case of a drowning man grasping at straws. Kenya Airways has undoubtedly had a horrible decade. …

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Fuel too expensive? Switch to biofuels

 By Dan Odido When German engineer Rudolf Diesel invented the efficient engine that now bears his name, the idea was to provide affordable energy for smaller industries and farmers. He initially powered his engine using peanut oil and coal dust, and indeed he designed the engine to use vegetable oils. Diesel eventually discovered that the …

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Why the use of drones should concern all of us

      By Dan Odido Earlier this year in February a Robinson R22 helicopter collided with a drone resulting in a crash-landing in South Carolina, USA. The occupants of the aircraft fortunately escaped without injuries. This was the first reported aircraft crash involving collision with a drone. See: Probe after ‘drone made helicopter crash’ Another collision …

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Passenger drones: Moving from ride hailing to flight hailing

       By Dan Odido Ride hailing taxi drivers on strike Ride hailing companies had a bad week.  Their drivers were on the streets and not in their cabs. They were on strike demanding an increase of their cut of the earnings. The premier ride hailing company Uber, for example, pockets 25 percent of …

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