Understanding the Human Factors Associated With Visual Flight Rules Flight Into Instrument Meteorological Conditions
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OKLAHOMA CITY OK CIVIL AEROSPACE MEDICAL INST
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Visual Flight Rules VFR into Instrument Meteorological Conditions IMC accidents are a major concern in the aviation industry. More than 70 of the fatal weather-related accidents involved General Aviation GA pilots operating under visual flight rules VFR that continued into IMC. The purpose of this study was to pair GA accident causal factors that had been classified with the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System HFACS categories and traditional demographic data in an effort to present a more complete picture of VFR flight into IMC accidents. To accomplish this, GA accidents associated with VFR flight into IMC were examined to determine if there were any causal factors that set these accidents apart from the rest of GA RoGA accidents. GA accident data 14 CFR Part 91 from 1990-2004 were analyzed. The dataset was divided into accidents that had VFR into IMC VFR-IMC N 609 cited as a cause or factor versus the rest of the GA accidents RoGA N 18,528. Analyses were performed examining the human error associated with these accidents.
- Commercial and General Aviation
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems