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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Automation Challenges

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

Framepool and Right Smith

A Pilot interested in Performance and Safety...

A pilot sent me a message and was curious what we all thought. I'm on the way to Paris, so will write my response sometime this weekend. But... here are some things to think about concerning missed approaches.

WSJ Go Around research at SFO:

"Shortly after the SFO Asiana accident, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal which looked at Go Arounds at the SFO airport. The article compared Go Around statistics across domestic and foreign carriers inbound to SFO during the studied period, which included a period of time when SFO ILS 28L & 28R Glideslope were OTS.

Shortly after the WSJ article a Flight Safety Group member Cathy Pok-Poy (formerly with the Civil Aviation Authority of Papau New Guinea) and I each reached out to the WSJ reporters, who offered insight as to how they derived the data and tabulated the results.

ATC Tracon data for 341,000 flights inbound to KSFO during a 12 month period were filtered using an algorithm written to identify 'flights' which met specified criteria.

A total of 991 Go Arounds were identified by the algorithm.

Prior to the Glideslope Outage:
  • Foreign Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 3.7 per 1,000 approaches
  • Domestic Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 2.7 per 1,000 approaches

During the Glideslope Outage:

  • Foreign Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 11.1 per 1,000 approaches
  • Domestic Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 approaches

It is unclear whether this reinforces the premise 'Pilots of foreign carriers are more reliant on automation' or the premise 'Pilots of domestic carriers are more reluctant to execute a Go Around.'

Botched Go Arounds:

There have been several cases of botched Go Arounds which were executed from a high-energy state and resulted in flap overspeeds or worse.

I have learned that Airbus has developed a 'Soft Go Around' designed to be utilized in such a high energy situation. You may have been exposed to this prior to switching to the 777.

I have also learned that UPS, for it's Airbus fleet, has developed a 'Discontinued Approach' procedure, which is included in every Approach Briefing.

I am interested to learn whether other carriers have implemented similar such standardized procedure for high energy Go Arounds.

Could a Challenge & Response Checklist be the answer? 
 Is this a universal Human Factors challenge?

Going around from a "non-practiced" point in space creates stress and confusion....and perhaps fear in the mind of the pilot who needs to execute this very maneuver from this unfamiliar position. Could this be another reason why PF's are hesitant to execute a Go Around?

Earlier this year, after my (first) Recurrent, I may have communicated to you the difficulty I experienced performing a high energy Go Around in the Sim.

As you know, commanding a Go Around from this high energy state is quite complex and demanding, especially given the already high-workload Approach phase of flight. The usual triggers (triggering the standard flows and callouts) are absent and one is relying on one's own (and the PMs) memory to complete time critical and essential tasks outside of (the well-practiced) sequence.

Could it be that this type of Go Around might warrant the development of a Challenge & Response checklist? I am told the US Air Force has a different philosophy regarding what gets memorized in a flow, what gets 'read and done,' and what gets 'challenged & responded to.' I have been unable to get any concrete examples of how a Go Around is be executed in the C-17 or C-5.

What are the issues with the Go-Around?

  1. PF reluctance to Go Around (despite rationale/conditions supporting a Go Around)?
  2. A lack of training/practice performing high energy Go Arounds higher/faster than DH/DA/DDA and Vref+?
  3. The question as to whether a Go Around under non-normal conditions might be so unpracticed and complex as to justify the development of a challenge and response checklist to ensure items are performed and so done in the correct sequence?"
Your Thoughts are Appreciated!!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fly-In at the Olympic Peninsula

At the Sequim Valley Airport! 

Saturday August 25 and 
Sunday August 26, 2018
 at the Sequim Valley Airport 

2018 marks the 6th Annual Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire / Fly-In at the Sequim Valley Airport in Washington. Antique plane exhibitions, classic car show, hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, remote control aircraft, aerial demonstrations, aviation crafts, music, food and more. 

Saturday August 25 and 
Sunday August 26, 2018
 at the Sequim Valley Airport 

A fun filled day for 
still only $5 per car load! 


Around 7 am – Hot Air Balloon 

9am – 4pm: 

Saturday: Car Show Including Emergency Vehicles, Kid Activities & Safety Fair

Sunday: big rigs of all sorts and Rock Climbing Wall sponsored by the Sequim Boy Scout Troop

Throughout the weekend:

Live Music – full lineup on our music page

Wing Walker (early afternoon)

Vendors & Food

R C – Radio Control &

Experimental Airplanes 

Helicopter Rides

Saturday Car Show & Safety Fair

WOW, This sounds fun! 
How do I volunteer, sponsor or participate…. 
send an email to:

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Doctoral Research

Well underway! Despite a little delay. All Spare moments have been spent at the computer working my dissertation and writing up the results section. Below is cartoon my husband set on my desk. I thought we could all appreciate the humor and the perfect timing of a much needed smile. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Richard Russell's Last Flight

Eastern Airlines
Kitchen Talk Radio

Join the Eastern Airlines 
Kitchen Talk Radio

To discuss Richard Russell 
stealing a plane and crashing it. 

With heartfelt sorrow to Richard's family, 
and all those who cared about him...
May he rest in peace, may your hearts heal. 

Richard's actions may have just identified a hole in security at airports worldwide, and this could have been far more tragic. Perhaps because of Richard Russell we can solve a problem before the wrong person steps through that hole.

Episode 378
August 13, 2018 

Call-in number at

at 7:00 P. M. EDT 

or listen in by clicking the hyperlink:

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Gift of Flight!

And FREE gas! 

First Time Flyers Day is scheduled!

September 9th, 2018
8-5 pm!
The day we share the gift of flight! 

We need pilots to join the fun. 
Do you have 500 hours and are current? 
The let me know if you're available 
and I'll send you the information. 

The Museum of Flight will pay for your gas too! 

For the ladies who want a first time event
and live in the Seattle area...

Email Stacy at the Seattle Museum of Flight
And we'll get you on the schedule~

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Keep Flying

When the going gets tough
The tough keep going...

Don't ever stop flying! 

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Eastern Flies Again

Eastern Airlines
Kitchen Talk Radio

Join the Eastern Airlines 
Kitchen Talk Radio

Breaking news and so much more!

Episode 377
August 6, 2018 

Call-in number is 

at 7:00 P. M. EDT 

Breaking News:

Latest MH370 Report Remains Inconclusive...

Aeroméxico Crash Investigation 
Recovers Flight Recorders...

Hard Landing Creases 767 Fuselage...

American, Southwest and United Pilots Agree: 
No One-Pilot Cockpits...

Aviation Explorer

So Much More...

Two topics for discussion tonight: 

1. Training at the Miami Springs Villas and 
2. 36th Street from Lejeune Road to “Cockroach Corner at the northwest boundary of the Airport. 

We will try to focus our attention to what we remember about our training days.

Call-in number at

at 7:00 P. M. EDT 

or listen in by clicking the hyperlink:

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene