Avianca Flight 52

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  • Atul Gawande: Scrutinizing Team Work

    difference in gender can alter basic interface between individuals. In addition to the matter of the opposite sex threatening the quality of interaction in many industries, another phenomenon known as mitigation is equally detrimental. Malcolm Gladwell thoroughly discusses this anomaly in his book, Outliers:The Story of Success. During Gladwell’s analyzation of how drastic of an impact mitigation poses, he identifies how common and dangerous it is within the airline industry. Gladwell stumbles upon this complication while listening to the black box recording of a conversation between Captain Laureano Caviedes and his first officer Mauricio Klotz during the last moments before the crash of Avianca Flight 52. As the recording plays, the two aviators swap a tranquil silence throughout the duration of the flight until they discover that their plane has run out of fuel. Upon the exhaustion of the craft’s fuel source, both Klotz and Caviedes alert air traffic control of their emergency. However, instead of panic and assertion echoing in their tone, Klotz downplays the situation and speaks to the controllers as if their position isn’t dire, resulting in the fatal crash of their aircraft. The dilemma with mitigation is that there are a myriad of settings where it is appropriate, but there are also circumstances where it is entirely unacceptable, such as explaining an issue to air traffic control operators. After Gladwell’s description of the recording, he later points out that…

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  • Importance Of Safety In Aviation

    by geese shortly after takeoff. An easy but pricey solution is put sensors on the back, nose, wings, and top regions of the airplane, in order to avoid objects like birds. It is similar technology that is already built-into warplanes to avoid surface-to-air missiles. On the task of weather, this is the airlines problem, they appear to care more about the money than the passengers. It puts extra pressure on the pilots to go through even lightning, sometimes this does not work and the results…

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  • The Airplane's Impact On Human Society

    (History of Flight Medicine) Physicians routinely made trips in hot air ballons to make observations of the effects of flight on the human body. “Exposures to higher and higher altitudes for longer and longer durations slowly increased understanding (sometimes with disastrous consequences) of medical conditions such as hypoxia, decompression sickness, hypothermia, frostbite, and cosmic radiation exposure.” (History of Flight Medicine) While these early tests were conducted using the only…

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  • Flight In Toni Morrison's Song Of Solomon

    Today, it is common for someone to have a fear of heights or flying. This fear keeps many of us grounded, unable to see the world from a different perspective. However, in the novel Song of Solomon, there is no fear when it comes to flight. In fact, taking flight is the main goal for the characters, as it offers them a different approach to their lives. Through the motif of flight, Morrison develops the characters in their quest for identity. The novel opens with a man by the name of Robert…

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  • Parachuting-Personal Narrative

    Reflective Essay This past summer -- 2016 – was beautiful, amazing, fantastic, and I completely loved every second of it. I say this because I did a lot of things in this long vacation like, buy shoes and wallets. Speaking of shoes, I wore yellow Adidas originals when I rode the airplane to do a parachuting activity. Meaning I jumped off a plane, which was really scary. We didn’t even plan to go parachuting, it just happened so suddenly. I hadn’t wanted to go, but I am glad that I did it…

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  • Igor Sikorsky

    the battlefield. Throughout history we can see different methods that nations have used to evacuate their wounded from the battlefield with varying degrees of success. As these methods evolved people learned that the most important factor for survival is always the time it takes to get the wounded to some form of care. In the past, evacuation by ground was really the only way to transport someone and whether it was by a horse drawn wagon or automobile, the speed of the evacuation was always…

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  • My Travel Without My Parents For The First Time

    This caused the nervous feeling to return thinking that our flight will be late and we’ll be stranded in Detroit Airport for the night. Luckily this wasn’t the case, the flight to Detroit was a little late, so we were rushed to the next flight as soon as we landed. I had been flying before, but without my parents the whole experience changed. The times I have travelled with my parents I’m so focused on not feeling like a loser hanging out with my parents that I don’t notice what’s going on…

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  • The Wright Brothers: Pioneers Of Flight

    The Wright Brothers Pioneers of Flight Inventors, determined, and famous are three words often used to describe the Wright Brothers. Many people know the Wright Brothers as great inventors of the airplane, but do not know the determination it took to accomplish greatness. By making it possible to fly, they changed the world, they persevered through challenges to accomplish a dream, and their legacy was being pioneers of flight and bringing airplanes and flying to the world. There was one very…

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  • Richard Ira Bong's American Dream

    school as his temporary headquarters (Yenne, 2009, pp. 17-18). Every day an airplane would fly over the Bong farm on its way to deliver mail to the President, and every day Richard would be outside waiting to watch it (Yenne, 2009, p. 18). That summer, Richard developed an unquenchable passion for aviation. He soon became quite the airplane model builder, and spent many hours dreaming of flying (Yenne, 2009, p. 17). Upon graduating from high school in 1938, Richard decided to attend a local…

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  • Personal Narrative Essay: My Trip To Puerto Rico

    To be honest, we could have done anything on my last day and I would have been fine with it, all I wanted to do was spend my last hours with my cousins, that I have been able to build great relationships with. I made every second count enjoying every last one, first we went to a fancy restaurant, then we explored an old castle and learned all types of things about the history of it and Puerto Rico, and finally, we finished off our day in San Juan looking out into the crystal clear ocean at a…

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