Scientific Misconduct

Scientific Misconduct – Crucial Data is still unpublished May 2014 marks the third anniversary of the publication of the Cranfield University report into Cabin Air Quality (CAQ). The background is that in 1955, nearly sixty years ago, scientists published a paper which linked exposure to toxic oil fumes in a confined space with the cause…

Time to Clear the Air

This first appeared as a Comment in the 22 April issue of Flight International Cabin air contamination by engine oil fumes is an issue that will continue to hang around – like the bad smell it is – until the airline industry confronts it. A new challenge to the industry’s inertia on this issue begins…

Science is usually political

One of the biggest misconceptions about the scientific method is that it consists of either clear indisputable facts on the one hand, contrasted with a faith-based or descriptive approach on the other. In business, people who gather data like to present their measurements as ‘hard’, and describe narrative information as ‘soft’ – and by implication,…

Toxic Air Detectors (‘TADs’)

Perhaps one of the most baffling mysteries behind the ongoing debate of whether exposure to toxic oil fumes in the confined space of an airliner cabin can cause ill health is the total absence of in-flight monitoring systems to detect oil fumes. We all know that new houses require smoke detection systems, light aircraft often…