Identifying phases of flight in General Aviation can help in identifying safety events, which are events which may result in the aircraft being in a hazardous state. Unlike commercial operations that have well-defined phases of flight such as taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, approach, and landing, GA missions have more hard-to-identify phases of flight. For example, pilot training missions can involve multiple “touch-and-go” maneuvers, which makes it difficult to define a distinct cruise phase during the patterns. Here, we present initial work on automatically identifying phases of flight in GA. We demonstrate our approach on 16 different flight samples from a Cirrus SR20 aircraft equipped with a Garmin G1000 avionics system.
Goblet, V., Fala, N. and Marais, K., “Identification of Phases of Flight in General Aviation Operations”, Aviation 2015, AIAA, Dallas, TX, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2015-2851