Approach and landing accident reduction (ALAR) has long been among the primary goals of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF).
When the international FSF ALAR Task Force published its report in 1998, it cited data showing that an average of 17 fatal ALAs had occurred each year from 1980 through 1998 in passenger and cargo operations involving aircraft weighing 5,700 kg/12,500 lb or more.
The task force’s work, and the subsequent safety products and international workshops on the subject, have helped reduce the risk of ALAs — but the accidents still occur. In 2009, of 17 major accidents, nine were ALAs, compared with 19 and eight the previous year.
Since the ALAR campaign began, members of the FSF Controlled Flight Into Terrain and Approach and Landing Action Group (CAAG) have conducted numerous ALAR workshops around the world, and the Foundation has distributed more than 40,000 copies of the FSF ALAR Tool Kit — a unique set of pilot briefing notes, videos, presentations, risk-awareness checklists and other products designed to prevent approach and landing accidents.
A major update of the FSF ALAR Tool Kit — featuring the findings of analyses of recent accident data, as well as the data-driven findings of the FSF Runway Safety Initiative — was issued in 2010. It is the Foundation’s intention to periodically update the ALAR Tool Kit to include new information aimed at reducing the risk of approach and landing accidents.