31 May 2014

Dr. Curtis interviewed by Rudy Maxa on 31 May 2014 about the search for flight MH370

In this May 31, 2014 interview with Rudy Maxa's World, Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com discussed recent developments in the search for flight MH370, the Malaysia Airlines 777 that disappeared in early March 2014.

The Australian government, which is leading the effort to find the missing aircraft, had recently suspended the search and had announced that it would take about two months to conduct a thorough mapping of a section of the Indian Ocean seafloor before resuming the search.

Listen to the interview (5:11)
Additional details about flight MH370

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01 May 2014

Malaysia Ministry of Transport releases preliminary report on flight MH370

27 April 2014 - In this ABC Radio Australia interview, Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com discussed comments made by a former Malaysian Prime Minister about Boeing's role in the investigation, and about the design of the 777. In short, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad laid the blame for the loss of the aircraft on Boeing, and not on Malaysia Airlines.

Related resources
Preliminary report from the Malaysia Ministry of Transport
ABC Radio News Australia interview
AirSafe.com flight MH370 page

26 April 2014

Interview with KickSat designer Zac Manchester

This interview with Zac Manchester of KickSat took place on 26 April 2014, just over a week after the KickSat satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral.

The KickSat satellite carries over 100 miniaturized satellites called Sprites (including AirSafe.com's first satellite), and these will be deployed later in the mission.

Kicksat Sprite satellite
Sprite miniature satellite

In the interview, Zac discusses the planning and development process for KickSat, the technology that made the miniaturized Sprite satellites possible, and the volunteer network of radio operators who will detect the signals from the Sprites once they deploy.

For additional information, including links for plans to build your own Sprite satellite, please visit kicksat.airsafe.com

Related resources
KickSat launch on 18 April 2014
Subscribe to the AirSafe.com podcast on iTunes

03 September 2013

Interview with Dr. Richard Haines of NARCAP

Last month, Dr. Todd Curtis interviewed Dr. Richard Haines, the chief scientist of NARCAP, where they discussed his organization's efforts to reduce threats to aviation caused by unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).

Dr. Haines, who founded the organization in 1999, provided several examples of why unidentified aerial events may have put aircraft and their occupants at risk in the past, and also explained that such events happen to a significant fraction of active airline pilots. Dr. Haines also encouraged crew members who have observed such events to contact his organization at narcap.org and file a report on any past sightings.
Listen to the interview (1:01:28)

NARCAP resources and research studies
NARCAP advice to pilots
Report unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)
NARCAP technical reports

Relevant conference about unidentified aerial phenomena
From June 29-30, 2013, the Center for UFO Research held a symposium on the scientific investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena and UFOs in Greensboro, NC. Featured speakers included high-level officials, including Dr. Haines, a retired Belgian major general, and an Iranian Air Force fighter pilot.

30 May 2013

Interview with Cockpit Confidential author Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the recently released book Cockpit Confidential, sat down with Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com to discuss his latest work, and to share his thoughts on other issues facing the airline industry.

Read the full article at AirSafeNews.com
Buy the book today!

27 May 2013

Crash of a National Airlines 747-400 in Afghanistan

29 April 2013; National Airlines; 747-400; N949CA; Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan: The aircraft had just departed on a cargo flight to Dubai, UAE when the aircraft entered a stall and crashed near the end of the runway. All seven crew members were killed. Cargo included several vehicles. Although the aircraft was flying in support of coalition forces in Afghanistan, there is not indication that the crash was caused by hostile action.

Read the full article at AirSafeNews.com
747 Plane Crashes

19 January 2013

Dr. Curtis discussed the grounding of the 787 on Fox Business Network

On Friday 18 January 2013, Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com was interviewed on the Fox Business Network show 'Money with Melissa Francis' where he discussed the recent grounding of the 787 and the things that would have to happen for the public to regain confidence in this aircraft.

Issues included loss of consumer confidence, potential problems with the new battery technology used in the 787, the aircraft certification process, reducing aircraft risksand how passenger fears can be reduced.

Interview links
Hear the Fox Business Network interview (also available at http://www.airsafe.com/podcasts/show127-fox-money-18-jan-2013.mp3)

Watch the Fox Business Network interview

Related AirSafeNews.com articles
8 January 2013
What's wrong with the 787?

11 January 2013
FAA orders comprehensive review of the 787

18 January 2013
Should passengers fear the 787?

Photo credits: Fox Business News