Commercial aviation has a remarkable safety record. The recent engine mishap involving UA328 out of Denver on Feb. 20th is a humbling reminder that not all events are predictable even when we test for them.
More than ever, today’s aircraft are complex systems requiring skilled professionals to combine their specific expertise into a fully integrated vehicle. The professionals who engineer, test, manufacture, and in any way support these aircraft are accomplished specialists, but often lack an overall understanding of the airplane system as a whole. Fundamental understanding of the airplane-engine system gives you improved ability to communicate more effectively and frame thinking beyond your area of expertise.