Author Archives: Shem Malmquist FRAeS

About Shem Malmquist FRAeS

MD11 Captain. Air Safety and Accident Investigator. Previous experience includes Flight Operations Duty Officer, Assistant Chief Pilot. Line Check Airman, ALPA Aircraft Performance and Designs Committee MEC Chair, Charting and Instrument Procedures Committee, Group Leader-Commercial Aviation Safety Team-Joint Safety Implementation Team (CAST)-Loss of Control-Human Factors and Automation, CAST-JSIT- Aircraft State Awareness. Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, full Member of ISASI.

Appearance on AirplaneGeeks.com

I am honored to have been a guest on the 401st podcast for airplanegeeks.com.  Great group of folks who are working hard to get accurate aviation information and news out to the world.   I discussed how an aircraft accident … Continue reading

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Are pilots going to be eliminated?

We have become accustomed to the idea that we can do more with less and flying is no exception.  Improvements in technology first allowed airplanes to fly without navigators as long range radio navigation then inertial systems and most recently … Continue reading

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A probabilistic world

As pilots we need to make decisions based on reality.  Anything else can lead to a very bad outcome, but what is reality and can we perceive the difference between reality and perception? We live in a probabilistic world.  This … Continue reading

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“The Fall of Saigon: FedEx Aircraft Mechanic Reflects on Journey from War 40 Years Later” –An amazing story

This post is to honor someone who deserves to be recognized.  Sometimes the job of flying puts us in contact with amazing individuals.  I have been fortunate to meet quite a few in my lifetime and perhaps that will be … Continue reading

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Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501

The Final Report of the Air Asia 8501 has been released.  This was a loss of control accident that does contain some lessons that are worthwhile sharing. There had been an ongoing maintenance item that resulted the ECAM message of … Continue reading

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High Altitude Stalls – how well do you understand them?

High Altitude Stalls – how well do you understand them? By Captain Shem Malmquist Acknowledgements Credit for the impetus of this article must be given to my friend, aerodynamicist Clive Leyman, who initiated a discussion on these issues.  He provided … Continue reading

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Salient Symbols and the HUD

________________________________________________________________ There are those that dislike using a Heads Up Display, or HUD ( such as pictured above), but in my experience, once a pilot is used to the HUD it becomes as indispensable as the Primary Flight Display (PFD), … Continue reading

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