Wirestrike: A Clear & Present Danger

In the late 80s, a naval Chetak (Alouette III) operating on a patrol mission over Gulf of Mannar (Operation Tasha)

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AN-32 Crash of 3rd Jun 2019: Tombstone Imperatives

It’s a cruel irony hard to miss. A nation that sent its first man to space 35 years ago, now

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An-32 Crash 3rd June 19: Don’t Give Up Hope. Miracles Do Happen

It has been a week since an Indian Air Force An-32 aircraft with 13 crew onboard went missing after taking

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Ziplip Shiplip

Background I suspect that in the armed forces, as everywhere else, the old adage ‘knowledge is power’ is fast being

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Aircrew Fatigue – An Indian Helicopter Pilot’s Perspective

Indian Case Study Case 1: On 19th Apr 2011, a Mi-172 operated by an Indian carrier crashed short of a

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Making Sense of the VT-AVH Incident

What happened? While cruising at FL410 (41000 feet or approx 12.5 kms above mean sea level), an autopilot mode tripped,

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King Air C90 Crash in Mumbai – A Grim Reminder

A small, 26-year old King Air C90 charter aircraft (VT-UPZ) undertaking a test flight crashed on 28 Jun 18 near

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Checklist Bloopers

On 30 Oct 1935, Boeing’s Model 299 prototype took off for an evaluation flight by the US Army Air Corps

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Seconds to Live…or Die

What Happened? Five people were killed when a private charter helicopter (Airbus AS350, Regn N35OLH) crashed into New York’s East

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The Slapgate Controversy

On 01 Jan 18, passengers flying on a long haul Jet Airways flight 9W119 from London to Mumbai were witness

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It Could Happen to You

It’s always sad to read about air accidents involving loss of life or injuries; even more so when it is

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Mi-17 V5 Crash – Looking Beyond the Obvious

Friday, 6th October 2017 was another black day for people like me who fly helicopters. An Indian Air Force Mi-17

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An Airport Down Under

A small, almost obscure road leads off SV Road near Nanavati Hospital, Vile Parle (West) to an aerodrome in Mumbai.

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It’s the Culture Thing!

During a multinational naval exercise ‘MALABAR’ way back in 2007, I had the good fortune to be embarked on one

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Don’t Wait Until Dark

During 2003-2010, the United States oil and gas (O&G) exploration industry had a collective fatality rate that was seven times

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Managing the Magenta

“Heading and ALT Acquire please” This callout from the pilot signals the transition to an autonomous flight director mode within

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Fly-by-Ire

Social media was recently abuzz with two bizarre incidents involving airlines. In one instance a sitting Member of the Indian

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Helicopter Launch and Recovery Methodologies – Offshore versus Navy

Ignorance is Bliss? As a young helicopter pilot in the navy many years ago, terms like Performance Class 1, Category

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Slop Chit Syndrome

Slop chits are so handy. I for one can’t do without them. This serendipitous discovery by American company 3M, is

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OMG! Not today!!

As a helicopter pilot, one is used to juggling numerous variables while operating with ships. Apart from the usual weight,

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Sleepless in Washington!

Procedures in airports and airlines have become so tiresome post 9/11 as to induce fatigue even before embarking on a

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Nuts & Bolts of Leadership: Get Down & Dirty

Few years ago, I had the unique opportunity to be part of a white water rafting expedition from Tuting, near

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Unforgettable Dutta

My earliest memory of meeting Sanjeev Dutta was at the Guard Room of Naval Academy, Goa when we reported for

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Beatup Sheetup

Every pilot crosses those ‘log book milestones’ when you feel that extra ounce of confidence and panache in your flying skills. This

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