The purpose of this study is to examine the performance of pilots flying multiple types of aircraft in an experimental setting. Pilot performance will be assessed by written tests and simulator sessions. This study will build on a previous field study, Pilots Flying Multiple Aircraft Types or Multiple Flightdeck Layouts, which was conducted for AVS 4504 Aviation Safety Analysis. The results of that study showed a need for a simulator study to further identify if pilots have issues maintaining currency in multiple types of aircraft.
The aviation industry has emerged to be one of the more efficient and safest way to travel across the world. Taking in consideration that there are thousands of people that have car accidents across the United States daily and sadly some of them end up being fatal. When an aircraft accident happens, it is normally that followed and investigated by several government and federal agencies in order to take all the details, human factors and determing factors that contributed to the accident. Given that more than 70% of the aircraft accidents are caused by human error, it is important for the FAA and the NTSB to conduct the investigation to determine if human factors were present and to issue recommendations that will prevent more accidents from the same nature.
One of the most controversial and important air crash linked to human error of the modern world happened on the night of February 12, 2009. Colgan air flight 3407, operated by Continental Connection, was on final approach to runway 23 at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport as it disappeared from radar. The aircraft was a Bombardier Dash 8, a popular twin engine medium range turboprop Airliner used by many regional carriers. The aircraft entered an uncontrollable stall crashing into to a neighborhood 5 miles northeast of the airport killing all everyone on souls on board. The Captain, Marvin Resnlow and first officer Rebecca Lynne were behind the controls the night of the accident. The NTSB report determined error by both pilots cause the aircraft to crash. Thus, pilot fatigues, improper recovery form a stall were contributing factors. The victim’s family members pushed for congress to overhaul airline regulations. The NTBS investigation delivery multiple findings that eventually led to a modernization of airline operations and pilot training.
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry-related topics in safety systems, including systems safety, industrial safety, accident investigation and analysis, transportation security, airport safety and certification, safety program management, and aviation psychology.
Everyday millions of people fly on airplanes. It is an easy and fast way of traveling for work, vacations or to see family members. Statically air travel is safer than traveling by car, airplanes have higher fatality accidents. The reasons airplanes crash vary and can happen during takeoff, landing or during flight. “August 1985 witnessed more passenger and crew deaths on commercial airlines than any other month.” [http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33931693.]
In February of 2009, Colgan Air flight 3407 crashed while on approach killing forty-nine people on board as well as one on the ground according to the official National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Accident Report (2010). In February of 2008, go! flight 1002 ignored several radio calls after departure and eventually flew past its destination and continued over open water according to the NTSB’s Report (2009). In April of 2007, Pinnacle Airlines flight 4712 overran the runway after landing at its destination airport. According to the NTSB’s official Accident Report (2008), there were no injuries. The incidents and accidents listed above all have one common factor: fatigue. Fatigue was shown to have played some role in Colgan 3407, go! 1002, and Pinnacle 4712.
This report explains issues regarding pilots’ health, their effects on flying safely, and measures to avoid catastrophes and jeopardising the life of the pilot, their crew and the passengers.
Aviation has come a long way since the days when safe operation between aircraft was based purely on the 'SEE AND BE SEEN' principle. With the aircraft closing speeds in excess of 1000 mph, and increasing density of air traffic, the impracticability of reliance upon such a system is obvious.
One of EAM’s biggest compromises is to comply with the aviation’s commitment to safety. Our company, along with government regulatory and investigative authorities, works to maximize safety by providing lightweight, innovative products, which are customizable to meet clients’ specific need over adversity.
Human factors still a contributing factor of aircraft mishaps in the United States military. This paper will address how military pilots being physical fit this will reduce or eliminate human errors related to three categories of mishaps and the three classes of severity in all branches of the United States Military caused by fatigue during deployment. The three classes of mishaps the United States Military uses are Flight Mishap (FM), Flight-Related Mishap (FRM) and Aircraft Ground Mishap (AGM)and the three severity classes are Class A severity, Class B severity and Class C severity ( ).
The figures for the flights were taken directly from the Simulink output plots. As can be noted the aircraft performed significantly better with the control law than without. No points were obtainable in the OL flights, while full points were awarded in the FB flights – both piloted and computer controlled.This project reiterated the understanding of how performance is changes with active control solutions as opposed to costly, and time intensive conventional solutions. The Convair 880 with no feedback control law could not achieve even adequate scores on the maneuvers, while with the control law, the aircraft had no troubles achieving desired results consistently, with human and computer
Pilots and non pilots. We will explore three different aviation accidents that could have been prevented if the aircraft was maintained properly. And why pilots should make sure to do a thorough walk around of their aircraft. This is not to say that faulty maintenance was the cause of each of these accidents. There was pilot error reported in these accident investigations.
Airplanes make traveling long distances extremely convenient. Whereas a cross country trip via car can take days upon days to complete, an airplane trip is much faster. With so many people turning to air travel for even short distances, the likelihood that accidents will occur is only
The science of human factors in aviation has a come along way since the days of the Wright brothers in 1913 but it did not actually start with them. According to Dr. Bill Johnson, Chief Scientist at the Federal Aviation Administration, human factors “dates back to the 1600s when Leonardo da Vinci drew the Vitruvian Man, with all the anthropometric measures, [when] he was trying to decide if a human was strong enough to propel an aircraft” (FAA, 2012). Long after the work of da Vinci, human factors has brought advancements to aircraft design while creating a greater understanding of the human role in mishaps.
If we can find the answers to these questions, then I believe it is possible to limit and slow down the number of human errors in aviation, thusly slowing the number of accidents and lives lost due to human performance.