According to global commercial aircraft crash statistics released by Airbus for 2002-2021, runway trips rank third among the most frequently fatal crash types (behind regulated inflight and terrestrial controlled flight losses) and accounted for 35 percent of hull losses. Working with their partners at GE Digital to verify Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) data and find runway trips or misses nearby can also be an important issue for business aircraft, FlightSafety Executive Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Compliance His team has launched a new runway travel prevention program for all fixed-wing clients starting February 2022.
“When we started working with GE Digital, we didn’t know where we wanted to focus on specific runway trips,” Meckel said. “But not only is the data specifically highlighting runway travel as a clear top security threat, it also tells us where the threat was greatest. In some cases, such as Jackson Hole, WY, one in four landing data has raised a warning that indicates an increased risk of overrun. “
GE Digital and Flight Safety: A True Partnership
Launched in October 2021, the partnership between GE Digital and FlightSafety allows both organizations to benefit from each other’s strengths.
In a 2021 press release, Andrew Coleman, General Manager of GE Digital’s Aviation Software Business, said, “GE Digital is honored to partner with FlightSafe to bring data-driven training to corporate aviation. “By applying our flight data skills and airline skills software to flight safety training, we are helping aviation professionals identify the safest way in and out of any situation.”
The team meets weekly to discuss insights gathered from GE’s corporate-FOQA database analysis, which includes actual flight data, any aircraft, pilot, or operational identification. More than 300 flight departments and more than 1,200 aircraft have been scrubbed. The data points include more than 2,000 measurements from the engine, avionics and airframe sensors; Automated processing of flight data creates a library of more than 200 events, ranging from over-the-counter aircraft to advanced risk-based modeling. FlightSafety’s goal is to determine real-world situations using C-FOQA data that can alleviate training.
Brad Thrace, president and CEO of FlightSafe, said, “Actual flight data will allow us to create training to deal with security threats before our crew experiences.” “FlightSafe employs a risk-based approach to training, and the partnership with GE Digital for its C-FOQA data will have incredible applications for us, among other factors for method stability, touchdown point control, method compliance, and runway safety.”
Improving training through data analysis
The Joint GE Digital / FlightSafety team collaborates to focus on events identified in the data. The GE digital team perforates data reports each week, classifying the severity of events from 1 to 3, of which 3 are the most serious. GE provides data analysis while FlightSafety relies on more than 70 years of experience training business aircraft operators to identify safety-related trends.
“No other training provider has access to this volume of data,” said Michael. “It gives us an insight into the whole industry that C-FOQA is using. Obviously, C-FOQA data itself is incredibly powerful, but we have the ability to make significant changes using that data. We give GE Digital the ability to influence change and they give us the right. Provides focus to change the right thing at the right time. “
After identifying runway travel as its first focus, the team drilled further into the data to find the root causes, looking at the correlation between threshold crossing height / speed and touchdown points. For example, the team has seen pilots try to make smooth landings by eroding floating safety margins on the runway. The team also identified the top 10 airports for runway-travel risk based on data, including seasonal fluctuations.
Equipped with recommendations, data and research, FlightSafety and GE Digital have created a 15-minute debrief that has been shared with all FlightSafety fixed-wing pilots taking the initial or repeat course starting in February 2022.
“It’s an anchor for each course and a consistent message that initiates the discussion,” McCall said. “There have been at least 35 runway trips so far this year [through March 2022] In multi-engine turbine aircraft around the world. If we can reduce the risk of runway travel through attentive training and educate crew members about runway travel prevention strategies, we can have a dramatic impact on safety. It saves lives, it saves aircraft and it reduces the cost of insurance carriers. It’s good for the surrounding industry. “
The focus area will change every seven months to capture the entire half-yearly training population, Mikel said, adding that pilots who have already heard the discussion will be able to avoid it or choose a new topic. An example might be a future focus topic Height restrictions may prevent travel Low-altitude levels need to be closed due to passing overhead inbound traffic at airports such as Van Nuys, CA and other airports at Teterboro, NJ.
“In some of these airports, the ATC wants you to board and then level off very quickly – maybe as low as 1,500 feet AGL – to avoid traffic coming over the top,” McCall said. “The data will tell us how the pilots are setting up their avionics and what we need to teach them to reduce confusion in the cockpit so that they perform the departure accurately.”
Building specialty method
Expanding its goal to reduce runway travel in the real world, FlightSafety is working with GE Digital to create RNAV Visual Flight System (RVFP) for specific airports or runways where there is no equipment. RVFPs can be loaded into the aircraft’s flight management system using a pathpoint and height to provide a lateral and vertical path on the runway.
“If you deliver aircraft to the runway in a stable fashion, your runway travel risk will be dramatically reduced,” McCall said. “We are already working with GE Digital experts to build three RVFPs with the goal of building at least two each year.”
Mikeel said FlightSafe is targeting airports that pose a risk of high runway travel or unstable approaches, such as Sedona, Arizona, where pilots may lose runway vision due to terrain near Runway 21, and other areas where airway limitations affect New Jerseys. , Where the crew of a Learjet 35A stopped the plane in 2017 during a turbulent circle to land on the runway without ILS.
“They weren’t in a defined manner and they got very close to the runway before they started the circling strategy,” Michael said. “An RVFP can prevent such a tragedy, allowing you to be at the right height, at the right approach angle, beautiful and stable, which is otherwise a challenging move to normalize.”
Being prepared means more than just being skilled
FlightSafe’s partnership with GE Digital provides a focus on targeting specific security threats identified in the industry through real-world data, and then developing and deploying targeted approaches to mitigate those risks.
“We have a long-term relationship with GE Digital,” McCall said. “And our plan is to develop continuous training, because training should be more than a regulatory event. It is not a regulatory phenomenon in our minds. This is a security event. This happens to meet the regulatory requirements in the process. It prepares you instead of just being skilled. “
Partnering with GE Digital using C-FOQA data to innovate training is the next step in FlightSafety’s ongoing drive to create the most ready pilots in the industry.