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Monday, March 11, 2019

Airline Accidents

A result of inadequate training!

The aviation industry was touting the number of years without a crash. Now we've had three in 5 months. But what about the thousands of ASAP reports or FOQA data identifying errors and close calls? What are we doing to solve the problem? Altas Air should not be forgotten because they were flying freight. This accident was also a training issue.

Why did the Lion Air pilots reengage 
a broken system?

Answer: Lack of Understanding due to 
inadequate training.

My doctoral research has identified 
a worldwide problem with pilot training
due to poor safety culture! 

The office of the inspector identified pilots have difficulty with manual flight and understanding. The FAA created a safety alert requesting pilots to fly. History shows that crashes occur because of lack of understanding. Training impacts the level of understanding. Pilot performance is being impacted by pilot training. My research identified how a negative safety culture worldwide is impacting pilot performance. 

Safety Culture is impacting pilot training. Training is leaving pilots short on understanding. Training is removing pilots willingness to manually fly. Why doesn't the industry look to where the problems originate... how we are training pilots.

Safety Culture is essential to support 
Safety Management Systems, 
but that extends to pilot training!  

For those who would like to read the entire dissertation you can find it at Petitt Aviation Research. But I turned my dissertation into a book to present the information in a more readable fashion. After you read this book, you decide why the planes are crashing! We know the problem... now let's fix it! 


"If we blame the pilot, then nothing will change." 
"If we blame the airplane, then nothing will change."

Who should we blame?
What is the underlying cause of airline crashes?

Pilot Training! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 


  1. Hi Karlene
    As you may know I am a host on the Eastern Radio Show.
    Some of the hosts have view there opinion on line and to me this seem to be lack of training or lack of information going to the pilots.
    To tell the pilots to turn off the switches that control the aircraft and "just fly the plane"is a quick fit to stop the problem.
    My question is "what cause the aircraft to fail in the first place".
    Hope to hear from you tonight"see you on the radio"
    Chuck Allbright

    1. Thank you for your comment Chuck! The reality is all the current generation airplanes have automations behind the scenes to help protect the pilot. Roll, pitch and speed. At any time they could fail. The knowledge of the existence of those systems won't help us to solve the problem or diagnose the situation in a critical phase of flight. Pilots need to know when the plane noses over (whatever the reason it does that) that we know how to stop that action if it's incorrect. Looking forward to the talk tonight!

    2. The reality is that current generation airplanes shouldn’t nose over in the first place! But yes if they do, the pilots need a quick response!

    3. Nick, so true! If you want to read an excellent book... check out Hoot Gibson's story. Aircraft malfunction and they kept that plane flying because they needed to... and blamed the pilot. He knew what he was doing.

  2. Hi Karlene,

    It's easier in today's society to blame than to be held accountable. People do not want their name destroyed or even made to look bad in the slightest, due to lack of action or follow through.

    On the other token, accountibility, in a positive light, is motivation for us as a call to action to fix a wrong or an unjust. In this case, it would be being trained and understanding why flight systems break because lives depend upon it.

    You are right, these catastrophes are not going to disappear any time soon, if not, they will multiply, if a call to action to train, understand, and fix the problem is not implemented and implemented soon.

    Thank you for doing your part by educating others of the seriousness of this issue. Have a great week!

    1. Jeremy, Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. Accountability and doing the right thing is key. But sadly when egos get involved, and pass the buck becomes the game, and make money over doing the right thing is the goal, what can we expect? Not sure if change will occur... but I will keep trying for a bit longer!

  3. Your dissertation!! I will start reading...

  4. Will look forward to reading the dissertation. But the moot question remains on how do you train for failure of a flight system, the existence of which is not even mentioned in flight manuals? And why should that happen in the first place? In a study I did involving human error accidents on military aeroplanes of varied vintages, I realised that the newer technology superiors aeroplanes had more instances where pilots couldn't crawl out of nasty situations just by their superior skills. Most suchs aeroplanes had relinquished full authority to a digitized system, and training hadn't the faintest idea what profiles to follow to reduce hull losses (like in this case where the stabilizer has unlimited authority). Very difficult to train against the unseen enemy!


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