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Cockpit Computers 9 -- Unsafe At Any Speed

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 6:13 PM

Killer Flight Displays 1

The phone conversations between Sam Fleishman and myself continue around themes in my forthcoming Murder By Computer.

Sam: "How could those Boeing 737 pilots landing...

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Air France 447 Lawsuit Alleges Cockpit Computers Caused Disaster

(9) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 4:38 PM


The phone conversations between Sam Fleishman and myself continue around themes in my forthcoming Murder By Computer.

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Craplex Cockpit Computers 8 -- Unsafe At Any Speed

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 6:13 PM

British FAA: Cockpit Computers Unfit For Human Consumption 2
Hal beats Dave at chess



The phone conversations between Sam Fleishman and myself continue around themes in my forthcoming Murder By...

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Craplex Cockpit Computers 7 -- Unsafe At Any Speed

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 9:05 PM

British FAA: Cockpit Computers Unfit For Human Consumption

Sir Arthur C. Clarke warned us in 1968



The phone conversations between literary agent Sam Fleishman and myself continue around themes...

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Craplex Cockpit Computers 6 -- Unsafe At Any Speed

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 3:10 PM

British FAA: Examiner Pilots Can't Spell "Cumputir Problim"

A silent tribute

Air France 447 plaintiffs' attorney Steven Marks: "There's no question that this aircraft's instrumentation, warning and autopilot systems were...

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Craplex Cockpit Computers 5: Unsafe At Any Speed

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 3:08 PM

The British FAA Exposes Cheap-ass Airline Executives

A tribute to airline executives


February 9 PBS Frontline: Flying Cheap with Miles O'Brien.


Mr. O'Brien: "But there is nothing about Buffalo or...

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Craplex Cockpit Computers 4 -- Unsafe At Any Speed

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 10:34 AM

British CAA Exposes Egocentric Cockpit Computer Designers

This is your brain on a cockpit computer. Any questions?

The phone conversations between literary agent Sam Fleishman and myself continue.

Sam: "You showed...

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Craplex Cockpit Computers 3 -- Unsafe At Any Speed

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2010 | 9:42 PM


British CAA Exposes Egocentric Cockpit Computer Designers

Wanna know why I write this column? So your family is never in scenes like these.

The phone conversations...
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Craplex Cockpit Computers 2 -- Unsafe At Any Speed

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 9:33 PM

Dedicated to the fifty souls lost in the Buffalo crash and their families who mourn.

The phone conversations between literary agent Sam Fleishman and myself continue.


Sam: Not that I doubt you, John, but I need to see hard proof that the FAA or Congress didn't follow...

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Software Snakes On Planes 3 -- The Phone Interview

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 9:01 AM


Homer Simpson Autothrottles

A phone conversation between literary agent Sam Fleishman and myself

Sam: "I just watched the video again. Let's recap your last two posts. In...

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Software Snakes on a Plane 2 -- The Phone Interview

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 4:04 PM

There will always be another software bug; never trust human life solely on software.
-- Dr. Nancy G. Leveson, MIT

John's literary agent Sam Fleishman asks about the Boeing 777 rogue computer you can read and watch here.

Sam: "You write, 'At 0:46, you hear a siren...

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Software Snakes On A Plane: An Interactive Thriller -- Part One

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 1:59 PM

"Never trust human life solely on software." -- Dr. Nancy G. Leveson, MIT

Dateline: August 2005. Imagine that you're the captain of this Malaysia Air Boeing 777. You can be challenge the computers thanks to this Aardvark2zz video:

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Air France 447 Memo -- Bonfire Of The Sanities

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 3:57 PM

                                                  Air France VPs -- Scientists Smackdown 

"Air France tells pilots to shape up, stop blaming equipment." Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In a strongly-worded six-page memo titled, "Enough polemics and false debates on flight safety!" Air France Air Operations Director Pierre-Marie Gutron and Security Chief Etienne Lichtenberger warned pilots...

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Air France 447: Live Special Investigation

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 2:57 PM

Australian TV reporter Ross Coulthart's investigation into the tragedy aired last Sunday night.  I invite you to watch it here (by scrolling through "Featured Videos" and clicking on the "Scare bus" icon).

Reporter Coulthart refers to an early-warning episode aboard Quantas Flight 72.  

Aviation Week October...

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Air France 447: A Cockpit China Syndrome

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 2:20 PM

John T. Halliday Pilot, Author, Murder By Computer: The Hidden Perils Of Air Travel

The fourth of a series dedicated to the 228 lost souls and their families.

Dr. Aisling Butler of Ireland -- no more.

My conclusions about the causes of the Air France 447 tragedy have...

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HAL -- The Cockpit Serial Killer

(8) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 7:00 PM

                                         HAL -- THE COCKPIT SERIAL KILLER                           

As I watched the Ground Zero bell toll during Friday's 9/11 ceremonies, I thought of Flight 11's Captain John Ogonowski, whom I'd handed the plane's "keys" to many times in Boston. I thought about my copilot who never recovered from coming face-to-face with Mohammed...

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Government and Industry Ignored Aircraft Computer Warning Signs

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2009 | 11:49 AM

Governments and Industry Ignored the Warning Signs

To: The Honorable Robert A. Sturgell, Acting FAA Administrator

Copy: European Aviation Safety Agency

Subject: NTSB Safety Recommendation

Date: July 22, 2008

On January 25, 2008, a United Airlines A320 lost three of six cockpit electronic flight displays after takeoff from Newark...

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Air France 447: A Cockpit China Syndrome

(17) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 4:03 PM

The following is excerpted from the author's manuscript, Murder By Computer.


Imagine you're the captain. The computer climbed your state-of-the-art computerized Airbus A330 to 35,000 feet, leveled off, then its autothrottles set cruise thrust. You're in clouds this pitch-black night, dodging thunderstorms your color radar depicts so beautifully....

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