Sep 25, 2008 Aerospace & Defense

Commercial Unmanned Vehicles

By Alex Wilson

Well, it’s been some time since my last blog – I guess I suffered from a severe case of blogger’s block 🙂

What prompted me to blog today was my experience flying home from Amsterdam this week, and an unusual news story.

As usual I started to doze as the aircraft taxied out to the runway,
but as we started to take off the usual acceleration was halted
followed by braking and air brakes coming up on the wings. We then
turned around and headed back to the taxi way….

Pilot informed us they had a "technical problem" which was followed
by the usual 2 hour delay and changing aircraft before setting off for
home again. Turned out one of a dual redundant indicator in the cockpit
shows and engine over temperature fault and the technician would not
sign off the aircraft as safe to fly. I don’t mind this as safety in
flying is paramount – although I did regret paying for getting an
earlier flight!

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