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Crew’s Eyes Remain the Key to Midair Collision Avoidance 6 pages. [PDF 36K]
See-and-avoid techniques continue to be the best prevention against a midair collision, in spite of advanced technology.
Special Use Airspace and Military Training Routes 6 pages. [PDF 36K]
Pilots must sharpen their awareness of the potential for traffic conflicts where military aircraft practice high-speed maneuvers. Although this article outlines U.S. operations, most other countries have similar requirements that demand pilot vigilance.
Accident Prevention October 1991
Anatomy of a Runway Collision 8 pages. [PDF 819K]
When the captain relinquished his command authority to the first officer, a chain of events began that ended in tragedy.
Stall Considerations for Transport Aircraft 4 pages. [PDF 23K]
An understanding of the stalling characteristics of larger aircraft is necessary for safe inflight investigation of the lower limits of the airspeed range, including changes brought on by operational factors.
The Three Critical Success Factors 6 pages. [PDF 35K]
Flight crew members who possess specific attributes that strengthen their ability to excel are less likely to become involved in pilot-preventable accidents.
Advanced Cockpit Technology In the Real World 6 pages. [PDF 35K]
Automation, properly integrated with the human interface, can play an important role in increasing safety.
United 232: Coping With the “One-in-a-Billion” Loss of All Flight Controls 10 pages. [PDF 83K]
The aircraft’s captain explains how well a flight crew handles a crisis in the air depending upon luck, communications, preparation, execution and cooperation.
Checklists — Guideposts Often Ignored 8 pages. [PDF 40K]
Why do accidents and incidents continue to occur that are traced to improper checklist use, when the purpose of these simple memory joggers is to improve aviation safety through cockpit coordination and proper accomplishment of multiple tasks?
Accident Reports Offer Hidden Values and Buried Treasures 6 pages. [PDF 35K]
The careful reader of aviation accident reports can discover useful information lurking beneath the straight facts.
Early Descent Leads to Grief 6 pages. [PDF 32K]
Deficiencies in flight crew coordination, preparation and execution of a non-precision approach, and premature let-down are cited in Alaska accident.
Main Causes of Hard Landings 4 pages. [PDF 472K]
Soviet study covers 10 years of accidents and incidents.
Aircraft Accidents Aren’t — Part Two 6 pages. [PDF 38K]
In this second of a two-part series, the author focuses on the causative chain of events of a typical risk-denial-induced accident and presents a preventive process.