Avionics News July 2017 - 31
"The AEA encourages its members to consider participating in the
GAJSC, if possible, and to review and consider implementing any
safety enhancements relevant to your organization. By parsing
accident data so objectively, the GAJSC works to mitigate actual risks
to general aviation in a realistic manner. The collaboration between
government and a wide range of industry representatives ensures a
holistic approach to risk mitigation."
- RIC PERI, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs
education activities from the FAA and other groups are now
based on the same set of safety data. In any given year, a
general aviation pilot or mechanic will hear complementary
information from the FAA and industry on key safety areas
likes medication, stabilized approaches and training."
The GAJSC hopes this messaging means pilots and
mechanics hear key safety information with enough
frequency for the messages to be effective.
AEA'S ROLE IN THE GAJSC
The AEA participates in various aspects of the
GAJSC, since many mitigation measures include
improved avionics and equipment. The association
leverages consultants to represent member companies
at working group meetings when the demand for time
exceeds AEA staffing capacity.
The AEA's participation led to several FAA policy
updates on avionics issues, and the organization's expertise
advocates technology to address key safety issues. The
association's input also guided changes in production
processes, led to a streamlined regulatory path for angle-ofattack instrumentation, and helped provide safety analysis
that justified the expedited rewrite of Part 23.
Here's a look at recent working groups and some
safety enhancements relevant to the AEA's
Loss of Control Working Group
The GASJC identified loss of control (unintended
departure of an aircraft from controlled flight) as
a significant general aviation risk even before the
National Transportation Safety Board named LOC on
its "most wanted list" in 2015.
The GAJSC reviewed 180 fatal general aviation
accidents attributed to LOC occurring between 2001
and 2010. Several safety enhancements resulting from
the LOC working group involved avionics, primarily
non-required angle-of-attack systems, and other aircraft
energy state awareness equipment.
"The GAJSC's AOA indicator work directly
relates to AEA members," said Jeb Burnside, an
AEA consultant who provides critical membership
representation on various GAJSC working groups. "The
acquisition, installation and approval of supplementary
AOA indicators has a clear connection to AEA
The group recommended a public education
campaign on the safety benefits of AOA systems on
both new and existing fleet aircraft, as well as relaxed
regulatory requirements for AOA certification and
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