Annexes to the Airline X Memorandum
CLASSIt's No Longer First, Business or Economy?   

It's Wired, Primed, Fused, Fissionable or Incendiary?

Annex

TopicComment

MEMO

A Plea to the next VICTIM of Kapton

(we drew straws)

Another MD11 World Airline, just as safety conscious as Swissair thought they were, is asked what they are doing about the multiplicity of factors that make fire-in-the-air such a deadly game of chance.

We're holding our breaths (in breathless anticipation) -waiting for the smoke to clear (so we can see what they plan to do).

A

More Likely a Wiring Accident than Oxygen Generators in the HoldFinal Moments of ValuJet flight 592:

(Line Extracts From the Cockpit Voice Recorder).

B

The EXPERT VIEW or the OFFICIAL VIEW  of KAPTON?

You prefer which?

Some compare the potential hazards of Kapton insulation to dynamite, others say statistics don't back up such claims - but enjoy your flight.

C

MOVING BEYOND WIRING INSPECTIONS

TO PREDICTIONS

The Armin Bruning Solution

(a scientific wire-sampling approach)

D

EXCERPTS from the TRANSCRIPT of RADIO

CONVERSATION between PILOTS and

CONTROLLERS in THAT 1970 SWISSAIR

ACCIDENT, FLIGHT 330

Subject of the LETTER from Otto Rentsch

(Former Head of Safety for Swissair)

After that 1970 accident  Swissair then actually decided to buy and install the EVAS system but somehow ended up with the IFE gambling system instead. They wanted a life-saver but they bought a killer (it had more sex appeal).

E

Broderick / Wertjefelt Taped Conversations

1992/1993

(FAA arrogance personified)

The FAA kills the EVAS device as "not required"

(despite an FAR that requires the FAA to resolve the problem of pilot blinding due to dense, continuous smoke)

F

WHAT THE FAA KNOWS ABOUT AGING WIRING

(and when they knew it)

John D King 12/26/97 (FAA licenced mechanic)

37 + 1 instances of wiring-related aircraft fires

G

FATAL CRASHES – but US BUILT and CERTIFIED

(just when is your warranty void?)

A compendium of fatal fire-on-board crashes of Foreign US made aircraft

(with seat-backs upright and tray-tables stowed)

H

Origin and Propagation of Inaccessible Aircraft

Fire Under Inflight Airflow Conditions

(aka deadly onboard fires)

NTSB Recommendations to FAA and FAA Responses

(based on the philosophy that, if you give it a long and boring name, no-one will take any interest)

I

MD-11 SERVICEABILITY STATISTICSThe Richman File on the MD11 safety record

(accident potentials based on incident arisings in comparison with B757)

J

ATC Transcript

[SR 111]

Indicates the rapidity with which pilots can lose control of an initially innocuous inflight fire situation

(due to current checklist philosophies and the lack of a Flight Engineer)

K

MD11 Technical Discussions - Agreeing to

Disagree about the MD11 Design Philosophy

An MD11 FO in technical discussion with John S

or

(whatever you do, don’t short circuit the Electric Jet)

L

CRM –THE MISSING FACTOTUMWas the Missing Flight Engineer a factor in sr111? What else?

M

TIME-CONSUMING TROUBLE-SHOOTING IN THE COCKPIT

(flawed checklists and smk/elec/air switches that can kill you)

Provision of a quickly selectable "Flight Essential" BUS may make crews less vulnerable than going through a trouble-shooting checklist that is very inappropriate in a Kapton wired aircraft.

N

JOHN BARRY SMITH’S PUBLIC ADDRESSBarry Smith addresses to the media, experts [the FAA, the NTSB, Boeing and others] attorneys and politicians [the Congress and Senate]. TWA800 wiring (see blue highlights)

O

FAA Missed Warning on Insulation Burn TestFAA – A Concerned Agency Re-evaluates Its Role In Airline Safety

P

EDWARD BLOCK ON WIRINGEdward Block’s very credible wire credentials and his learned treatise on:

"An Analysis of What Caused VALUJET 592 To Crash"

Q

Some Contemporary Flight Safety Concerns(A Media Shooting Script -by John S) – for Ross Coulthart of Channel Nine

[see http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/person_rc.htm  ]

R

The SR 111 Aide-memoire

(a remembrance)

(by john s) A compendium of topics relevant to the Downing of Flight sr111

(Links in the Chain - lest we forget)

S

A Pilot’s ViewpointPilot credentials, concerns and proposed solutions to onboard fires – The VIRGIN BUS

(smoke if you have them)

T

The Technological Proposition

for seeing in dense

continuous smoke

Jim Bennet of Santiago Chile proposes a technological solution to blinded pilots. –part removed   and censored (proprietary in confidence)- but a viable solution

Email Jim for details    (he's looking for partners)

U

The sr111 TimeLine **With R/T transcript (in HTML Format) also available in  zipped Excel 5 Format from CLICK HERE

V

B767 Kapton Fire -Jan 99Another definite Kapton caused fire

W

Three Decades of Aircraft Wire

Ed Block on Wire Types

You'll never be stranded airborne by wire- it's a down-to-earth experience -guaranteed.

X

IT IS A WORLD-WIDE PROBLEMA Memo from a British Wire Expert (in confirmation)

Virgin Bus Index

All about this solution to the Nero-Like fiddling with smoke Checklists that is Standard GLOBALLY.It may never be adopted - but it would be a life-saver
FAA to GAOThat 1992 Wojnar LetterFAA to GAO (General Acctg Office) -some very revealing revelations about wire and the FAA's nonchalance about it.
WEB-SITESemail.gifhttp://www.geocities.com/Eureka/Concourse/7349/index.htm  

DaggerDirk’s WEB-site with informed technical commentary on the Swissair MD11 Accident and Crew Resource Management factors.

email.gifhttp://members.aol.com/papcecst  

Patrick Price’s WEB-site on Kapton arc-wire tracking

email.gifhttp://www.aviationtoday.com/reports/wiring.htm

Air Safety Week on aircraft wiring

(The Phillips Publishing Site)

** 1. For a clearer copy of the sr111 timeline you can download it from either of the following URL’s on the Internet:

http://www.geocities.com/Eureka/Concourse/7349/SwissairTimeLine.html  or

CLICK HERE  (for Excel 5 format)

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