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    Flight 1502

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    belted in the seat. He was able to release himself from the seat allowing his parachute to deploy and ultimately survive the crash. The emergency responders found the copilot deceased and still restrained in his seat inside the wreckage of the cockpit. Crash Analysis At first glance, it is tempting to pin the crash of the SS2 solely on the premature unlocking of the feather lock/unlock system by the copilot. However, the reality is that several active failures, coupled with latent errors, set the stage for this tragic accident long before it actually occurred. A major factor that contributed to the crash of the SS2 was the culture of complacency that existed within Scaled Composites and the deficient organizational process of the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA). This complacency provides a false sense of safety which opens the door for an accident to occur. Scaled Composites and the FAA had several chances to safeguard against human error, but Scaled Composites failed to recognize the vulnerability of the SS2 to the hazard and the FAA’s deficient organizational process was not enough to mitigate the hazard. The crash of the SS2 was examined by looking at the findings of the accident investigation under the lens of the Reason’s Swiss Cheese Model. Unsafe acts or active failures are those failures closest to the accident. Reason’s Swiss Cheese Model categorizes unsafe acts as either errors or violations. In the case of the crash of the SS2, the copilot…

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    Flight 3407 Case Study

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    Fatigue has been linked to well over two hundred and fifty fatalities reported by major air carriers, not including general or experimental aviation according to the FAA. There is no doubt that fatigue played a major role in the crash of Bombardier DHC-8-400 operated by Colgan Air, Inc. the NTSB started aircraft accident report 10-01 in early February 2009. Bombardier DHC-8-400 tail number N200WQ flight 3407 was approaching Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. During the instrument approach,…

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    Virgina Air Traffic Crash

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    After departing from Concord, North Carolina on October 24, 2004, a business aviation aircraft, a Beech King Air 200 operated by Hendrick Motorsports failed to perform a proper approach into Martinsville, Virginia Airport. The meteorological data through the duration of that flight had been determined that warm weather had caused low visibility environment with heavy fog and vapor. While navigating through these conditions, the aircraft fatally crashed approximately 10 miles from their…

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    1a) Air Traffic Control radar surveillance system Air traffic control (ATC) is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and in the air. The purpose of ATC systems worldwide is to separate aircraft to prevent collisions, to organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and to provide information and other support for pilots when able. b) The operating principles of ATC radar survelliance system Primary Radar Principle: The primary radar unit has a major…

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    Diagnosis Phase Essay

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    Test #2 Correction Question 2. Diagnosis Phase: When I first read the question, it reminded me of my multivariable calculus first class session where my professor used an example of a plane being landed in windy weather, to teach us a concept of vectors. Initially, I began to picture the scenario of a plane flying under consideration of wind being involved instead of looking at the numbers. Afterward, I drew the free body diagram of how the problem looked as using numbers and direction. Since…

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    Have you ever heard the term “situational awareness”? I simply describe this as being able to see the big picture and understanding what is going on all around you. When I flew an F-14 Tomcat for the Navy, I had to understand both what was happening inside my airplane and outside of it. To lose focus on situation could mean loss of life. On the inside, I had to keep an eye on radar displays and gauges. I also had to listen to the radio and process information. I also needed to be aware of…

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    The field investigation was initiated on January 27, 2009 and continued for three days. As a result of the investigation, the NTSB made several recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration that we will not list here but there was a public hearing that was held on September 22 and 23, 2009, in Washington, D.C. in which Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman presided over the hearing. A few of the topics discussed during the public hearing were the procedures followed by the flight crew, the…

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    What is the current level of turbulence in this case for Dr. Smith? Mrs. Wilson? Mrs. Martin? Provide evidence to support your response. Currently, I would assess Dr. Smith’s level of turbulence to be moderate, however, due to the vulnerability of this situation his actions could negatively influence this level. Shaprio and Gross (2013), indicated that moderate turbulence is not normally a part of how an organization operates, and is prompted by important issues that need to be solve. In this…

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    Part A: Comparing theoretical perspectives There might be different reasons why a hypothetical twenty-year-old student may choose a career as an airline pilot. However, based on perspectives such as biological, learning, cognitive, socio-cultural, and psychodynamic, we can provide clear reasoning which is unique for each of these perspectives. Biological Perspective From a biological perspective, it is a difficult and dangerous job. The student might be having certain personality traits which…

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    Assignment 10 1. Explain the results of the Chicago and Bermuda Conferences. In the early period, each state “owns” the air above its territory for an infinite distance into space and the air space of each country is restricted for usage to other countries. This rule was not manipulated in the Chicago conference. It still remained the same. This conference was held in order to eliminate restrictions and open the air to traffic. Two agreements were set forth to eliminate restrictions and bring…

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