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Engine Maintenance and Performance Monitoring
Pilots hold unreasonable expectations for their aircraft and themselves. Flight data monitoring forecasts problems.
Date and Time:
Thursday, January 20, 2022, starting at 19:00 Eastern Standard Time Download Calendar File
Robert Breaux, Ph.D., CFII
Brief Description:

Audience discussion of

  • Pilot in Command responsibility for airworthiness determinations.
  • Safety benefits of Flight Data Monitoring (FDM).
  • Availability of FDM hardware and software.
  • Encouraging pilots to adopt FDM processes.

More at http://www.fsr-inc.org/FAAST/Seminar/Notice.aspx

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Location of Seminar:
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
365 Rickenbacker Dr.

Orlando, FL 32802
Directions to Venue:

From Colonial Drive turn south on Rickenbacker Dr. Continue through the Fairgreen St intersection to the end of Rickenbacker Dr. and into the parking lot. Park in any available designated spot. Walk east to the Airport Administration Building.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
50 seats at the facility, 23 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
Orlando FSDO FAASTeam
Contact Information:
Robert Breaux
Phone: (407) 644-4298
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For additional and background information, please visit the Orlando Executive Airport FAASTeam Library web site: http://www.fsr-inc.org/FAAST/Seminar/Notice.aspx

Thanks to our speaker .

Thanks also to Karen Kosciusko at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) for use of their new Administrative Offices, to FAASTeam Reps David Conrad for registration, to Obie Young, Florida Aviation Network, a FAASTeam Industry Member, and Eric Mason, FAASTeam Service Provider.

The General Aviation Steering Committee (GAJSC) System/Component Failure work group contends that unreasonable expectations with respect to aircraft performance have contributed to fatal GA accidents.  The GAJSC also feel that flight data monitoring can help to forecast system/component problems before they reach the point of failure.

Airlines have long been required to equip their aircraft with flight data and voice recorders.  These were, in the beginning, rudimentary devices to record basic flight information.  But now they have evolved to a plethora of sensors throughout the aircraft.  Data from these sensors are recorded onboard or streamed to the ground where they undergo manual or automated analysis.  Information derived from the data is very useful in maintenance planning and invaluable in accident investigation. 

While it’s true that most GA aircraft don’t have dedicated automatic flight data recording devices now; we will be able to enjoy the benefits of equipage in the future.  In the meantime it’s often surprising to see what we already have.  Manufacturers are already offering self-contained flight data and visual data recorders for GA airplanes and helicopters. 

Regardless of how they monitor performance, pilots continue to hold unreasonable expectations for their aircraft and themselves.  Reasonable performance expectations based on realistic data result in safer flight operations.

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Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 2
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