Glass Cockpit Safety in General Aviation Aircraft NTSB Hearing

April 13, 2011

Here is the NTSB Hearing on Glass Cockpits in GA aircraft and their affect on training and safety. SB-10-07 NTSB STUDY SHOWS INTRODUCTION OF GLASS COCKPITS IN GENERAL AVIATION AIRPLANES HAS NOT LED TO EXPECTED SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS Washington, DC Today the National Transportation Safety Board adopted a study concluding that single engine airplanes equipped with glass cockpits had no better overall safety record than airplanes with conventional instrumentation. The safety study, which was adopted unanimously by the Safety Board, was initiated more than a year ago to determine if light airplanes equipped with digital primary flight displays, often referred to as “glass cockpits,” were inherently safer than those equipped with conventional instruments. The study, which looked at the accident rates of over 8000 small piston-powered airplanes manufactured between 2002 and 2006, found that those equipped with glass cockpits had a higher fatal accident rate then similar aircraft with conventional instruments. The Safety Board determined that because glass cockpits are both complex and vary from aircraft to aircraft in function, design and failure modes, pilots are not always provided with all of the information they need both by aircraft manufacturers and the Federal Aviation Administration to adequately understand the unique operational and functional details of the primary flight instruments in their airplanes. NTSB Chairman Deborah AP Hersman highlighted the role that training

NTSB Crash Animation: Cessna 550 Over Milwaukee

October 23, 2009

The NTSB met on Wednesday to discuss the results of its investigation into the crash of a Cessna Citation 550 in June 2007 and laid the blame squarely in the lap of the pilots. The jet had just taken off from Milwaukee, carrying a medical team with a human organ for transplant. This is the official NTSB animation of the crash event.

Duration : 0:3:34

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Flying Floats 1973 Vintage FAA Aviation Training Film

August 3, 2009

Flying Floats 1973 Vintage FAA Aviation Training Film

Duration : 0:19:13

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Wake Turbulence Avoidance – A Pilot and Air Traffic Controller Briefing 1995

July 23, 2009

Vintage Federal Aviation Administration training film.


Wake Turbulence Avoidance – A Pilot and Air Traffic Controller Briefing AVA19661VNB1, 1995

Video production using re-enactments and animation to illustrate the hazards and physical dynamics of wake turbulence caused by aircraft.

Duration : 0:24:16

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How Airplanes Fly 1968 Vintage Aviation Training Film

July 16, 2009

Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

How Airplanes Fly

What makes an airplane get off the ground and stay in the air? Easy to understand film combines animation and live sequences to explain … all » basic aerodynamics. Forces of lift, weight, thrust and drag are shown in relation to flight.

Duration : 0:18:30

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Colgan Flight 3407 NTSB Animation of Buffalo Accident Q400

May 18, 2009

Courtesy: National Transportation Safety Board

The NTSB.GOV website keeps going down, so here’s the animation.

This three-dimensional (3-D) animated reconstruction shows the last 2 minutes of the February 12, 2009, accident involving a Bombardier DHC-8-400, N200WQ, operated by of Colgan Air, Inc., which crashed about 5 nautical miles northeast of Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, New York, while on an instrument landing system approach to runway 23. During the approach, a pitchup motion occurred, followed by a left roll and then a right roll. During these maneuvers, both the stick shaker and stick pusher were activated, and the speed decreased. After further pitch and roll excursions, the airplane entered a steep descent from which it did not recover.
The animation shows excerpts from the flight data recorder (FDR), the pit voice recorder (CVR) transcript, recorded radar data, and aircraft performance data. It does not depict the weather or visibility conditions at the time of the accident. The animation does not include audio.
The upper portion of the animation shows a 3-D model of the airplane and the airplanes motions during the accident sequence. In this area, selected content from the CVR transcript or other annotations are superimposed as text at the time that the event occurred. All times (in eastern standard time) are shown on the right side of the screen.
The lower portion of the animation depicts instruments and indicators, which display selected FDR or calculated parameters. The instruments and indications are shown in three sections, which are (from left to right):
•Airspeed, airspeed tape, low speed cue, attitude indicator showing pitch and roll attitude, altitude, altitude tape, rate of climb, and heading;
•Stick shaker and stick pusher indicated as text, control wheel/column icon depicting the control wheel (rotating right or left) and control column (moving up or down) inputs, and an indicator showing rudder pedal inputs; and
•The power lever and condition lever as indicators, the flap handle selection as an indicator, and auto pilot status and gearhandle position indicated as text.
Excerpts from CVR transcript:
22:15:06.3       HOT-1    flaps five.?22:15:08.1       HOT-2    what??22:15:08.8       HOT-1    flaps five please.?22:15:13.5       APP        Colgan thirty four zero seven three miles from KLUMP turn left heading two six zero maintain two thousand three hundred until established localizer. cleared ILS approach runway two three.?22:15:22.2       RDO-2   left two sixty two thousand three hundred til established and cleared ILS two three approach Colgan thirty four zero seven.?22:15:31.7       HOT-1    alright approach is armed.?22:15:32.8       HOT-2    roger.?22:16:04.1       HOT-1    gear downlocs alive.?22:16:06.4       APP        Colgan thirty four zero seven contact tower one two zero point five. have a good night.?22:16:11.5       RDO-2   over to tower you do the same thirty four zero seven.?22:16:21.2       HOT-2    gears down.?22:16:23.5       HOT-1    flaps fifteen before landing checklist.?22:16:26.6       HOT-2    uhhh.?22:16:37.1       HOT-2    I put the flaps up.?22:16:42.2       HOT-1    [grunt]?22:16:45.8       HOT-2    should the gear up??22:16:46.8       HOT-1    gear up.?22:16:50.1       CAM       [increase in ambient noise]?22:16:51.9       CAM       [thump]

Duration : 0:2:39

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The Air Safety Foundation’s David Wright Updates …

December 11, 2008

ASF’s Vice President of Operations Talks About Air Safety Programs

AOPA… well-known as the 600 pound gorilla of aviation ociations, has a cousin that isn’t as well-known… though it should be. Cognizant of the issues involved in aviation safety — and the many controversies surrounding how to deal with them, the Air safety Foundation has NOT sat on the sidelines of this issue… but instead has taken a leading role in the examination of a myriad of safety issues and the subsequent education of the pilot population so that those issues might be better understood, throughout the industry.

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation is ‘a nonprofit, tax exempt organization promoting safety and pilot proficiency in general aviation through quality training, education, research, analysis, and the dissemination of information.’

Aero-TV sat down with several ASF and AOPA staffers over the last few months to get a feel for the organization and the people that staff it… this time catching up with David Wright, ASF’s Vice President of Operations.

David joined ASF in November 2002 and serves as the vice president of operations. In that role he is responsible for all of ASF’s day-to-day operations in support of the Foundation’s strategic objectives. He also contributes to the live and online ASF safety seminars that reach more than 100,000 pilots yearly with updated flight safety information.

He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from the University of North Dakota, and has been both lead flight instructor for UND and an airline pilot with USAir Express. He holds an FAA commercial pilot certificate, is a flight instructor with both instrument and multi-engine ratings, and has logged about 2,500 flight hours.

ASF’s David Wright Talks Safety With Aero-TV


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Duration : 0:8:3

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October 18, 2008

“Close call” Airbus A320 landing at Hamburg RWY 23 ….The pressure for the darn ON TIME PERFORMANCE combined with the lack of positive judgement and/or poor preventive guidance from dispatch/ATC …JAA syllabus and in house flight training should be closely revaluated in order to avoid future tragedies.
Notes from a European Airbus Driver;

Wind was 290/33 gusts to 49 (time ~ 13:55)
happened on flight LH 044 (D-AIQP) a A320 from MUC
runway for landing 23 LOC-DME (ATIS gave no other option)
after g/a, pilots elected runway 33 also LOC-DME approach and landed safely…

Airbus recommeded limits;
T/O 29 kts gusting 38 kts
Ldg: 33 kts gusting 38 kts

for non-contaminated runways – goes down for flooded runways, snow, ice etc.

The crosswind limit is defined as the crosswind at which no pilot input is required in yaw until the nosewheel is down in a normal landing (same for any commercial jet). Yes you can land with more of a crosswind if you are a good pilot but you are exceeding the certified limit and will be hung in any aaib investigation that arises.

Duration : 0:1:6

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Cessna 170 Plane Crash Shady Acres Airstrip – Spanaway WA

October 12, 2008

July 7, 2007. Spanaway, WA. The 1951 vintage Cessna flipped during take off, landing upside down on the runway. The pilot and two passengers had a fun ride. One passenger was taken and checked out at a local hospital. The crash totaled the aircraft. The plane is nearly folded in half while being uprighted.

Duration : 0:4:57

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