International award for AA’s Geoffrey Thomas
Australia Aviation’s airlines editor Geoffrey Thomas has won Best Safety, Training & Simulation story at the global Aviation Media Awards in London.
The award was presented at a gala dinner at the Royal Aeronautical Society headquarters on the Sunday night ahead of the July Farnborough Airshow.
Thomas’s article entitled ‘Coming Up Short’, published in the March edition of Australian Aviation researched, with the University of Southern California, the complex pilot cultural factors surrounding the crash of an Asiana 777 at San Francisco last year.
The research article found that intense flight and systems training cannot always remove cultural lessons imparted up to age of 10.
In the Asiana crash the captain under training, who was flying the Boeing 777, said because of the Korean culture he was too afraid to admit he could not fly a visual approach and when the plane was too low said it was the instructing captain’s role to abort the landing.