November 2015 Issue

Managing CFIT’s Risk

The airlines have all but eliminated controlled flight into terrain as an accident cause, but general aviation lags far behind.

Although the U.S. and European airline industries have mostly eliminated controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents by adopting new technologies, improved training and relevant procedures, general aviation continues to be plagued by them. Meanwhile, the FAA and the general aviation community have recognized that CFIT accidents are a major safety problem. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)—a group of FAA and industry organizations seeking data-driven solutions for key general aviation safety problems—has analyzed accident data and is targeting the most prevalent causal factors, concentrating on reduction of fatal accidents. Work groups are then formed to develop mitigations for these causal factors, emphasizing non-regulatory solutions.

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