I’ve been trying to figure out how the five personality traits recognised by psychologists affect the safety and harmony of a flight.  Here they are again.  Conscientiousness  Agreeableness  Neuroticism  Openness to experience   Extraversion  You have three main lines of defense against them:  Brief them properly.  Treat them like talking cargo.  Never trust the buggers. Read More →

As we find ourselves commencing another Gregorian Calendar-defined trip around the sun on Space Ship Earth, a review of expectations for this orbit may be in order. In our over-optimistic, typically human assumption of being able to control, regulate and measure everything around us, the Gregorian Calendar evolved from theRead More →

African recovery and return to economic growth following the Covid-19 pandemic presented a significant opportunity to the general aviation sector across the continent, but particularly in South Africa, SA Flyer editor Guy Leitch pointed out when he was addressing the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa’s virtual 2020 symposium. “South African general aviation isRead More →

It is a known fact you can improve the efficiency of fixed-wing aircraft by reducing drag.  Have you ever looked at birds in flight and wondered why their wings bend up at the tips, or the feathers flair out. The intended effect is to reduce drag by partial recovery of the tipRead More →