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Operator Fatigue in Aviation Mental and/or physical fatigue of operators is a significant problem in working environments such as the aviation domain, due to the long duty periods, circadian (day-night) disruptions, and someti...

Resilience Engineering at work for the complex ATM On behalf of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, EUROCONTROL rewarded the SESAR WP-E research proposal "Mathematical Approach towards Resilience Engineering in ATM" (MAREA) by NLR-ATSI, VU University Amst...

Review of 2010 runway excursions In 2010, a total of 107 runway excursions occurred with commercial and executive aircraft, according to the NLR-Air Transport Safety Institute (NLR-ATSI). This means that on average 2 excursions ar...

Some hidden dangers of tailwind Tailwinds are very welcome to pilots when they fly from A to B since it helps shorten the flight time. However, closer to the runway they can be anything but welcome. Read here an article on this i...

Updated Safety Methods Database The Safety Methods Database maintained by NLR-ATSI after a recent update now contains more than 700 safety assessment methods, with a categorisation on purpose and applicability. It now also specif...

Slowly lifting the clouds In Switzerland HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) and SAR flights are executed under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Currently, regulations preclude operations under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) where helicopters may encounter adverse weather conditions. A significant improvement of life saving operations could be achieved if operations under IFR would be allowed. In 2008, Rega carried out over 10,000 missions under Visual Flight Rules.

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