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Press Releases from, LLC (18 total) Foundation's Dr. Todd Curtis to Present at Bird Strike North America …

Sep 10, 2009 – Dr. Todd Curtis of the Foundation will present the paper "Social Media, Bird Strikes, and Aviation Safety Policy" at the 2009 Bird Strike North America Conference in Victoria, Canada the week of 13 September 2009. Dr. Curtis, who created the site in 1996 and helped to launch the web site of Bird Strike Committee USA at in 1999, will demonstrate the potential social media

Updates on the Accident Investigation for the Air France Flight 447 Crash near B …

As the investigation into the crash enters its third week, ships, planes, and submarines continue to search the Atlantic Ocean for wreckage, for the bodies of the victims, and especially the black boxes. Since the June 1st crash of an Air France A330 in the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil, Ships,planes, and submarines from Brazil, France, the US, and other countries have searched for clues to the crash in a large area

Fixing the Problem That May Have Caused the British Airways 777 Crash

March 17, 2009 - Recent findings from the AAIB accident investigation point to ice buildup in the fuel system as the key factor in the January 2008 crash of a British Airways 777 in London. On March 11th, 2009, the NTSB called for a redesign of the fuel system, and for the affected aircraft to have those changes installed within six months after the redesign is complete. In the January 2008

Do Plane Crashes Happen in Threes? - Sometimes, Yes

March 3, 2009 - Do plane crashes happen in three? It may seem like a superstitious belief and not at all scientific, but creator and leading aviation safety authority Dr. Todd Curtis says that there may be more than a little bit of truth behind that belief. On 25 February 2009, a Turkish Airlines 737 crashed in Amsterdam, killing nine passengers and crew members. This crash also

Ditching of a US Airways A320 on the Hudson River in New York

Jan 18, 2009 - On 15 January 2009, a US Airways A320 experienced a loss of power to both engines shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. The crew was able to successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River near midtown Manhattan. Reportedly, the aircraft encountered a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. The aircraft reached an maximum altitude of about 3200 feet before it began to's Airline Safety Review for 2008

Jan 1, 2009 - The year 2008 had the fewest fatal airline crashes in any year since began it's annual review of airline safety events in 1996. This 13th annual review discusses seven fatal airline events, and fifteen other significant events from 2008. As looks back at the fatal and significant aviation safety events, the most noticeable fact about this 13th annual review is that 2008 had fewer fatal

Risks from Incapacitated Pilots and Pilots Who May Deliberately Crash Airplanes

Nov 27, 2008 – A January 2008 incident involving an Air Canada pilot who had to be removed from the cockpit after he became mentally incapacitated and unable to continue his flying duties sheds light on the risks passengers face from pilot-related actions. reviews the investigation into a January 2008 incident where an Air Canada pilot became mentally incapacitated and had to be removed from the cockpit. Once the first

Dr. Todd Curtis of Discusses a Key TSA Screening Policy on the Gregg …

Nov 23, 2008 – Aviation safety expert Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the effectiveness of a TSA behavior detection program that identifies passengers for extra screening based on what the TSA describes as suspicious behavior. Dr. Todd Curtis of and Gregg Knapp of Radio America show 'The Gregg Knapp Experience' discussed a TSA behavior detection program that singles out passengers for extra screening based on what the TSA describes as

Complacency and the Qantas A330 Accident of 7 October 2008

Oct 21, 2008 - Aviation safety expert Dr. Todd Curtis investigated the lack of interest by the US media in this Qantas accident and theorizes that the lack of interest is because the US industry is in the middle of a record-breaking period without fatal crashes. The accident earlier this month involving a Qantas Airbus A330 on a flight from Singapore to Perth seriously injured several passengers, but didn't

Interview with a Passenger on the Qantas A330 Accident Flight of 7 October 2008

Oct 11, 2008 - Dr. Todd Curtis of interviewed Keesin Ng, a passengers on a Qantas A330 aircraft that experienced a violent in-flight upset during a flight from Singapore to Perth on 7 October 2008. About 75 passengers and crew members were injured during this event, with 14 hospitalized with serious injuries such as fractures and lacerations. In the interview, Mr. Ng provides information that goes beyond the data released

Serious Injuries on a Qantas A330 Flight on 7 October 2008

Oct 8, 2008 - A Qantas Airbus A330-300, with 303 passengers and 10 crew members on board, was on a scheduled international flight from Singapore to Perth. While in cruise, the aircraft reportedly experienced some type of sudden and unexpected altitude change. The crew issued a mayday call before diverting the aircraft to the airport at Learmonth, near the town of Exmouth, about 1100 kilometers or 680 miles north

Discovery of the Steve Fossett Crash Site

Oct 3, 2008 - On September 3rd, 2007, adventurer Steve Fossett took off from Yerington, Nevada on a short flight in a Bellanca Super Decathlon, and went missing. After more than a year, a hiker found some of his personal effects high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California on September 29, 2008. Two days later, authorities spotted wreckage from his aircraft. Possible human remains were also found at the

Investigation Update for Fatal Jet Crash That Injured Former Blink-182 Drummer T …

Sep 28, 2008 - Travis Barker, former drummer for the music group Blink-182, Adam Goldstein, more widely known as DJ AM, and two other passengers were in a Learjet 60 aircraft that was on a chartered flight from Columbia, South Carolina to Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles. The crash, which happened shortly before midnight, occurred during takeoff. According to information from the plane's cockpit voice recorder, the crew was Suggestions on How to Overcome Fear of Flying

Sep 25, 2008 - Many air travelers have a fear of flying, and it can be so bad that it leads to panic attacks. Overcoming that fear can be as easy as taking a few positive steps to deal with it. How Many People Are Afraid of Flying? The airline industry is clearly aware of the fear of flying and how it affects the traveling public. Studies by Boeing and other industry

Veteran Airline Captains About the August 2008 Crash of a Spanair MD82

Sep 24, 2008 – In the days following last month's fatal crash of a Spanair MD82 in Madrid, Spain, there was tremendous public interest in the event, but the quality of information available to the public was sometimes lacking. News media organizations in US and Europe provided extensive coverage of the accident, but sometimes the coverage was based more on speculation than on facts. Dr. Todd Curtis, the founder of the

Spanish Authorities Come to Initial Conclusions About the August 2008 Crash of a …

Sep 22, 2008 – According to a number of media reports, Spanish Authorities have completed a preliminary report about the August 20, 2008 crash of a Spanair MD82 in Madrid. Among their findings were that the flaps were not properly configured for takeoff and that there was no flap warnings or alarms presented to the crew. The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff on a scheduled domestic flight from Madrid to Las

How to Deal with Airline Disruptions Due to Hurricanes and Severe Storms

September 12, 2008 – When hurricanes or tropical storms threaten the Gulf or Atlantic coastal areas of the US, passengers across the country may be affected by delayed, canceled, and rerouted flights even in areas far from the storms. Passengers can keep storm problems from seriously affecting their travel plans by following the advice provided by On rare occasions, a hurricane may threaten a city the way that hurricane Ike Reveals the Secrets of its Success

Seattle, WA – July 2, 2008 – On the twelfth anniversary of its launch, reveals the secrets of its longevity and success in the special podcast series The Secrets of Each week, founder Dr. Todd Curtis will share many of the key insights and practices that have allowed to thrive since its launch on July 3, 1996. Each show explores a different aspect of the site,

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