The FAA has just released a new web tool / service called “Lessons Learned” and it is worth checking out. The idea behind the site of course, is learning lessons from aviation accidents. And although the site focuses mainly on commercial transport category accidents, there is still something to be taken away for even an ultralight pilot. Think of “Lessons Learned” has “I Learned About Flying From That” but with a airliner theme (and online instead of in print).
Here’s a good example. Take for instance Eastern Airlines Flight 401 that crashed into the Florida Everglades when the autopilot was accidentally disconnected and went unnoticed as the flight crew tried to diagnose a unsafe landing gear position indicator. The FAA website now breaks this accident snyposis down so that we can see the chain of events that lead to this horrific accident. For instance, a lesson learned would be “false assumptions” regarding who (or what) is flying the plane. At the time of this accident, there was no CRM (or crew resource management) training given by any airline. If there had been, it might have addressed procedures and policies for this kind of malfunction and delegated who had responsibility for flying the airplane while another crew member focused on the problem.
I’d encourage you to visit this new website and let me know what you think.
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