General Aviation Approach and Landing Analysis using Flight Data Records
Puranik, Tejas G.
Harrison, Evan D.
Mavris, Dimitri N.
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Ensuring a safe and stabilized approach and landing is one of the important objectives in General Aviation applications. This phase is one of the main phases during which accidents occur. A "nominal" or reference trajectory for General Aviation approach and landing operations is critical for flight instruction and retrospective safety assessments reliant on flight data records captured with on-board systems. While this is a more crisply defined area in commercial aircraft operations, it is not so well-defined in General Aviation. The different aspects that need to be considered in defining a nominal trajectory and provide analyses that can be carried out using flight data records are examined. Various ways of defining this nominal or reference approach trajectory are proposed with the eventual aim of using this in conjunction with energy-based methods and metrics to assess and enhance safety in General Aviation aircraft operations.