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During 2002, organizations in several areas of the world adapted and disseminated information from Flight Safety Foundation’s ALAR Tool Kit to meet the regional needs of thousands of pilots, air traffic controllers and other aviation professionals.
Airlines and business aircraft operators worldwide increasingly are recognizing the safety benefits — chiefly, the improvement of flight crew situational awareness — the increased operational capabilities and the associated economic benefits of using HUDs. Enhanced vision systems and synthetic vision systems add to the utility of this tool.
Future Developments and Challenges in Aviation Safety 28 pages. [PDF 376K]
Continued dedication and hard work will be required to maintain a high level of safety as the coming years bring increased growth in air travel and the attendant demands on personnel and the infrastructure.
Maintenance Resource Management Programs Provide Tools for Reducing Human Error 36 pages. [PDF 305K]
The programs include a variety of initiatives to identify and reduce human error in aviation maintenance. Specialists applaud the goal, but some say that the programs are not achieving sufficient progress.
Special Issue: Jerry Lederer: Mr. Aviation Safety 100 pages. [PDF 2,923K]
Jerry Lederer continues to inspire generations of aviation safety professionals. As his 100th birthday nears, the president emeritus of Flight Safety Foundation not only stays tuned to current issues, but frequently reminds FSF staff of lessons that must not be forgotten.
Erroneous ILS Indications Pose Risk of Controlled Flight Into Terrain 36 pages. [PDF 662K]
Several incidents involved flight crews who observed normal, on-course instrument landing system (ILS) indications although their aircraft were not established on the glideslope or on the localizer course.
Special Double Issue: Operator’s Flight Safety Handbook 116 pages. [PDF 1,188K]
This special issue of Flight Safety Digest presents the “Operator’s Flight Safety Handbook,” which was developed by the Global Aviation Information Network (GAIN) to provide aircraft operators with guidelines for establishing or improving internal safety programs. GAIN is an industry-led international coalition of aircraft operators, manufacturers, aviation organizations and government authorities formed in 1996 to promote and facilitate the voluntary collection and sharing of safety information to improve aviation safety.
In wake-turbulence accidents and incidents from 1983 through 2000, about 10 percent of the aircraft weighed more than 30,000 pounds/13,600 kilograms, and two-thirds of the pilots held commercial pilot certificates or airline transport pilot certificates.
Runway Incursion Severity Trends at Towered Airports in the United States: 1997–2000 44 pages. [PDF 436K]
Five runway incursions occurred for every 1 million airport operations conducted during the period. Of the 1,369 runway incursions during the period, 257 resulted in near collisions between aircraft and three resulted in collisions. The average rate at which near collisions and collisions occurred at the 32 busiest U.S. towered airports was twice the average rate for other U.S. towered airports.
Foundation workshops on approach-and-landing-accident-reduction (ALAR) strategies based on the FSF ALAR Tool Kit will help aviation professionals to tailor preventive measures to Africa, where some safety problems are more severe than in other world regions.