Embry Riddel Aeronautical Uni

Military single-pilot and unmanned aircraft have been accomplishing challenging and complex missions successfully for decades. While the mishap rate of these systems is 2-3 times higher than multi-pilot military cargo aircraft, the rate has been steadily dropping for a number of years — to approximately the same level as dual-pilot military bombers. As we discussed in this module, the military accepts higher risk levels than the civil aviation world, for obvious reasons. When we look at the world of Part 121 airlines, what risks are they willing to assume? Would a single-pilot (Single Pilot Operations, SPO) or unmanned airliner be inherently unsafe?

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For this module week’s discussion, you will assess the potential of both single-pilot and unmanned civilian airliners. At a minimum, appraise the benefits and drawbacks of each system. In your post, consider the following:

  • Technological requirements and limitations
    • Can current aircraft be retrofitted, or would a new fleet be required?
    • For unmanned – could a plane be programmed to fly autonomously, or would it be flown from a ground station as the military does?
    • How would such aircraft integrate into the current National Airspace structure and with NextGen?
    • If the technology is not “there yet,” what needs to be added or improved?
  • Safety – what safeguards would be required?
    • What redundancy would the systems have? Can a fail-safe or near fail-safe system be designed? How would malfunctions be handled?
    • While pilot in-flight deaths have occurred, the risk is infinitesimally low; how low does it need to be?
    • Could a ground control station be used to back up a single-pilot?
    • Is terrorism more of a threat for unmanned? Consider both airborne and ground-based threats (hacking, jamming, etc.).
  • Public reaction
    • Would you get on a flight with one pilot? Zero pilots?
    • What could the FAA/airlines do to assuage concerns about safety should such systems come into use?
  • Cost savings
    • Who saves money, and how?
      • Consider salaries, benefits, training.
    • Will pilots’ unions ever concede to a single-pilot airliner?

In your discussion, address all four of the above areas. Also, include an appraisal of how CRM principles would be applied, particularly workload management, automation, and situational awareness.

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Embry Riddel Aeronautical Uni

The crash of Asiana Flight 214 on July 6, 2013 was one of the most widely publicized crashes up to that point that dealt primarily with automation. Of the 307 people on board the B-777 aircraft, 3 were killed and 187 injured, of which 49 were serious injuries. The weather was clear and perfect for the visual approach the pilots elected to fly that day. But what should have been a routine approach and landing for these highly experienced pilots took a dramatic turn. So, what went wrong? Let’s see what can we learn using systems safety techniques about this crash? Based on the videos and anything else you researched, use one of the techniques you learned about in this module to conduct an analysis of one of the system malfunctions that happened and led to this crash. Take this analysis and draft a one to two-page report to show your boss the findings and how to correct this problem before it happens again.

This assignment has three requirements that must be completed. The first is a chart presenting the data you selected to analyze in your chosen technique (examples are found in the Ericson text). The second is a short narrative to the boss telling them why the items you show in your chart are important and need to be addressed. The third is which method you selected to complete your assessment. Include why you decided this was the most applicable method for the malfunction and your primary recommendation for correcting this malfunction.

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