Is the NTSB obsolete?

Episode 42 – Is the NTSB Obsolete?

The NTSB is considered a non-essential service and on-site accident investigations have been suspended during COVID-19. With no one on site to gather facts and evidence, John and Greg ask if the NTSB is needed anymore.

Even before the pandemic, the agency had an increasing case backlog. Reports that have been issued recently are incomplete and offer scant safety insight.

John and Greg find the recent NTSB reports inadequate to identify risks and determine effective mitigation. The reports lack the evidence to support the stated probable causes and offer little safety insight.

As John and Greg celebrate the one-year anniversary of Flight Safety Detectives, they use their straight-talking platform to call out the agency they have both proudly served for failing to do its job.

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Episode 41 – End of a Long Day and Weather Add Up to Disaster

Greg and John examine the transcript of the cockpit voice…

Episode 40 – Assumptions and Expectations Can Kill

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Episode 39 – Accident Shows Importance of Pilot and Mechanic Communication

John and Greg often make the point that flight safety involves…
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Episode 38 – Merion Air Disaster Revisited

When a Piper Aerostar collided in mid-air with a Bell 412…
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Episode 37 – Minute-by-Minute Examination of ValuJet Flight 592’s Electronic Witness

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Episode 36 – The Right Stuff: What It Takes to Be a Great Pilot

A panel discussion from the campus of Vaughn College explores…

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World-renowned aviation industry consultants and former NTSB investigators John Goglia and Greg Feith have 100 years of worldwide aviation safety experience between them. In this hard-hitting podcast series, they offer the ultimate insider view of everything aviation including behind-the-scenes facts on deadly air crashes and issues impacting general aviation and the commercial airline industry.