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Flawed decision-making can lead to accidents, SAS Flight Academy conference is told

SAS Flight Academy played host to 70 airline and other transportation executives from 30 companies at a two-day customer conference during which the twin themes of automation and safety repeatedly emerged.

Crashes such as the Air Florida 737 in Washington, D.C.; the American Airlines 757 at Cali, Colombia, and the British Midland Airways 737 at Luton, England, were discussed in detail and the delegates heard dissertations from distinguished academics on subjects ranging from aircrew decision-making to sleep deprivation.

A subsidiary of Scandinavian Airlines, SAS Flight Academy is based near Arlanda International Airport here. Its president, Lars Mydland, outlined the training services it provides to the mother airline and up to 150 third-party customers who buy services from the academy each year. Among those services are flight, emergency, passenger service and maintenance training, crew resource management and simulator dry leasing.

The academy has 480 employees, 230 of them flight instructors, and operates 15 free-flight simulators, seven cockpit systems simulators, 13 cabin mockups and 160 computer-based training stations. …

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