General Aviation Approach and Landing Analysis using Flight Data Records

16th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, Jun 2016

Ensuring a safe and stabilized approach and landing is one of the important objectives inGeneral Aviation applications. This phase is one of the main phases during which accidentsoccur. A “nominal” or reference trajectory for General Aviation approach and landingoperations is critical for flight instruction and retrospective safety assessments reliant onflight data records captured with on-board systems. While this is a more crisply definedarea in commercial aircraft operations, it is not so well-defined in General Aviation. Thedifferent aspects that need to be considered in defining a nominal trajectory and provideanalyses that can be carried out using flight data records are examined. Various ways ofdefining this nominal or reference approach trajectory are proposed with the eventual aimof using this in conjunction with energy-based methods and metrics to assess and enhancesafety in General Aviation aircraft operations.

Puranik, T., Harrison, E., Min, S., Jimenez, H., and Mavris, D. N., "General Aviation Approach and Landing Analysis Using Flight Data Records," Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, June 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-3913