Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Some Good Flying

The pilots of UA 497 landed their airplane at New Orleans after they had both smoke in the aircraft and a loss of its primary flight instruments. The airplane was apparently in IFR conditions when it happened.

3 comments:

Stewart Dean said...

So just turn and bank, airspeed (if that) and altitude? How the dickens did they control the FADEC? Boy, am I looking forward to the blow by blow on this from AW&ST.
Yet, in spite of Gallic Airbus software rules that know better than the pilot, they *were* left with enough to limp home. Thank God it happened so soon after takeoff

BadTux said...

As much as I enjoy railing about inappropriate uses of computers (I design the bloody things, I know their limits), I must admit that their designers in automotive and aviation applications do a pretty good job of creating limp-home modes that will at least get you to a safe place before the beast dies. But yeah, that's a situation where I suspect the pilots had to change their undies after the plane came to a stop on the ground ;).

- Badtux the Flightless Penguin

Stewart Dean said...

More here:
http://avherald.com/h?article=43a6bc08&opt=0