Tuesday, 9 February 2010

An Aviation Variation

A few days ago I posted about how a Le Mans racing team copes with a wheel falling off.

Here is a variation from the world of aviation with a surprising twist.

The landing gear on many airliners is unsafe for landing on soft grass in an emergency because it DOESN'T break

New Scientist blog

Whilst we are talking about aircraft there is a gem of an idea buried halfway down this article, along with a link to a great video of a 777 landing in a crosswind.

Test pilots don't just check what happens if something breaks - they also check what happens if something breaks and the pilot does the wrong thing in response!

You know, the way we check what happens if a dual power supply fails and the engineer takes out the wrong one to repair and then design a procedure to stop it happening for real.

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