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May 2016

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National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day: May 24

Mechanics Creed

The Mechanics Creed was originally written by Jerome Lederer in 1941. The creed appeared on the back cover of the first issues of Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Mechanics Bulletin in 1953 and proved to be extremely popular. Mechanics around the world, "from Tokyo to Frankfurt, from Canada to Puerto Rico," wrote to request copies to hang in their offices and shops.

This Month in Aviation History

  • May 1862: Balloons were used by both the Union and Confederate armies to obtain aerial observations during the Seven Days Campaign and the Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) in the U.S. Civil War.
Inflating the Intrepid at Fair Oaks

Inflating the Intrepid at Fair Oaks, Virginia (Source: Library of Congress)

  • 5 May 1983: Eastern Airlines Flight 855 lost all three engines while over the Atlantic Ocean. The crew was able to restart one engine, and landed safely at Miami
  • 6 May 1937: The Hindenburg was destroyed by fire at Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • 7 May 1964: Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 crashed after a passenger shot the pilot and co-pilot
  • 11 May 1996: ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades after an uncontrollable fire broke out in the forward cargo compartment
  • 13 May 1913: Igor Sikorsky first flew the first four-engine biplane, the S-21 Le Grand
  • 15 May 1930: Ellen Church became the first air stewardess, flying on United Air Lines service between Chicago and San Francisco. The idea to have female attendants (originally all nurses) on board airplanes to assist and reassure passengers originated with Ms. Church who suggested it to the airline.
  • 15 May 1990: The President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism released its report, focusing on the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
  • 16-31 May 1919: U.S. Navy Flying boat NC-4 made the first transatlantic flight. The flight from Newfoundland to Plymouth, England, made stops in the Azores and Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 20 May 1926: The Air Commerce Act was the first federal legislation to regulate civil aviation in the United States
  • 20-21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight
  • 25 May 1979: American Airlines Flilght 191 crashed after the separation of the left engine and pylon during takeoff
  • 26 May 1991: Lauda Air Flight NG 004 crashed during climbout from Bangkok International airport due to an uncommanded thrust reverser deployment

Resources on the Web

Recent Citations of Interest

  • Ahlstrom, U., O. Ohneiser, and E. Caddigan. "Portable weather applications for general aviation pilots" Human Factors (2016). Advance Epub. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720816641783
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  • Chaturvedi, A.K., et al. "Ethanol and drugs found in civil aviation accident pilot fatalities, 1989-2013" Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance 87, no. 5 (2016): 470-476. http://dx.doi.org/10.3357/AMHP.4490.2016
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  • Chittaro, L. "Designing Serious Games for Safety Education: 'Learn to Brace' versus Traditional Pictorials for Aircraft Passengers" IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 22 no. 5 (2016):1527-1539. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2015.2443787
    Abstract: IEEE Xplore Access: C
  • Corver, S. C., D. Unger, and G. Grote. "Predicting Air Traffic Controller Workload: Trajectory Uncertainty as the Moderator of the Indirect Effect of Traffic Density on Controller Workload through Traffic Conflict" Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2016). Advance Epub. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720816639418
    Abstract: Sage Journals Access: C
  • Dekker, S. W. A., and H. Breakey. "'Just Culture:' Improving Safety by Achieving Substantive, Procedural and Restorative Justice" Safety Science 85 (2016): 187-193. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2016.01.018
    Abstract: ScienceDirect Access: C
  • Fonseca, V. R., B. S. Zeigelboim, A. B. Lacerda, A. Ribas, and G. Spanhol. "Hearing Health in Agricultural Aviation Pilots from Cindacta II Wearing Earplugs and a Helmet" International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology 20 no. 2 (2016): 105-108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0035-1549448
    Abstract: Thieme Access: F
  • Grundy, J. G., S. Nazar, S. O'Malley, M. V. Mohrenshildt, and J. M. Shedden. "The Effectiveness of Simulator Motion in the Transfer of Performance on a Tracking Task Is Influenced by Vision and Motion Disturbance Cues" Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2016). Advance Epub.http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720816639776
    Abstract: Sage Journals Access: C
  • Haslbeck, A., and H. J. Hoermann. "Flying the Needles: Flight Deck Automation Erodes Fine-motor Flying Skills among Airline Pilots" Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2016). Advance Epub. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720816640394
    Abstract: Sage Journals Access: C
  • Kenedi, C., S. H. Friedman, D. Watson, and C. Preitner. "Suicide and Murder-suicide Involving Aircraft" Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance 87 no. 4 (2016): 388-396. http://dx.doi.org/10.3357/AMHP.4474.2016
    Abstract: Ingenta Connect Access: L
  • McMahon, T. W., and D. G. Newman. "Development of a Field-deployable Psychomotor Vigilance Test to Monitor Helicopter Pilot Performance" Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance 87 no. 4 (2016): 417-422. http://dx.doi.org/10.3357/AMHP.4425.2016
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  • Nascimento, F. A. C. , A. Majumdar, W. Y. Ochieng, W. Schuster, and M. Studic. "Fundamentals of Safety Management: The Offshore Helicopter Transportation System Model" Safety Science 85 (2016): 194-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2016.01.019
    Abstract: ScienceDirect Access: C
  • Tian, Y., L. Wan, C. Chen, and Y. Yang. "Safety Assessment Method of Performance-based Navigation Airspace Planning" Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition) 2 no. 5 (2015): 338-345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtte.2015.08.005
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