Aero-Linx: Twitter Site of STS-127
Astronaut/Commander Mark Polansky
NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the next space
shuttle mission to the International Space Station this June, is
sharing updates about his training and flight on Twitter and has
invited followers to submit video questions via YouTube that he
will answer from orbit.
"The AIB president also found that aircrew distractions,
task saturation, reduced cockpit visual cues, failure of the flight
crew to cross-monitor each other's performance, the tower's failure
to transmit a required reminder, and the crew's inadvertent
disabling of the ground proximity warning system alerts contributed
to the mishap."
Source: From a USAF investigation
into a gear-up landing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The
report's conclusions sound like many others we've heard who have
"needed full power to taxi back to the ramp (grin)"... and for a
wide variety of aircraft... and therefore we hope that all aviators
will check this out and think about their own procedures before
their next flight.