Just a quick question about Pilots Spatial Disorientation (SD) and Stall Recovery.
According to the following paper (source) the chance of a pilot experiencing SD during their career is in the order of 90 to 100 percent. And several studies show that SD accounts for some 15 percent to 26 percent of fatal accidents.
The above-mentioned facts plus a few of the more recent accidents with SD being one of the primary factors (Kenya Airways, Adam Air, Air France, Air Algerie where the experienced pilots failed to execute stall recovery procedure) make me very nervous of flying. It just seems to me that the human factor is still one of the main contributors of aviation accidents and incidents.
Could you please give me assurance that I shouldn't be worried about flying?
This is Xavier Chan Jun Yuan from Singapore. I am an aspiring student pilot and ever since I was introduced to your website through your book, I have found the information in both your book and website very interesting.
Also, you have been maintaining your website very well. I've seen other people asking you questions regarding aviation matters on your website and in your book.
Now I have two burning questions to ask you regarding the topic that you talked about on pages 178 and 179 of your book.
May I ask how does an aircraft dump its excess fuel in the event an emergency forces an unplanned landing?
May I also ask if the Airbus A330/A340 have this function and what other aircraft types have this function?
May you have a great day ahead and may your website soar to greater heights!
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