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Decreasing your exposure to aerodynamic risk


Rev. 4a — page content was last changed 20 June 2012

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There is every indication that the same familiar cluster of severe accident causes remains predominant with sport and recreational aviation and general aviation VFR pilots. This document is an introduction to a series of safety briefings that aim to encompass the flight dynamics associated with some common events that sometimes lead to destruction, thus extending your underpinning knowledge so that such disastrous outcomes are readily avoided, even if readily encountered.

This article series generally explores the design manoeuvring flight envelope (flight loading limits, gust loading limits and airspeed limits), plus angle of attack management and energy management. It does not cover other accident causal factors such as fuel system mismanagement, flight planning mismanagement, illegal low flying and wire strikes or venture into non-day-VFR flight conditions. For information on those factors see our categorised index (covering the period from 1998 to date) of selected articles available in the online version of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's bi-monthly magazine Flight Safety Australia. Some Australian Transport Safety Bureau publications are also included.


Note: the articles are not intended to present the information in a simple or summary format; rather each is carefully written to convey, in a logical sequence, as much detail as considered reasonable for the average sport and recreational pilot to absorb over several readings. The articles are directed at experienced pilots, presumably familiar with the aviation environment so, novice pilots may have some initial difficulty. In this series, when describing those circumstances which significantly increase your exposure to risk, we are concentrating on some aircraft handling errors.

It is intended that all readers will find these articles informative and useful; but bear in mind that just acquiring knowledge may not — most likely will not — strengthen your security mantle without corresponding improvements in judgement and decision-making; backed up by ample in-flight exploration and skill development.

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The first article in the series is titled 'Recent RA-Aus accident history'




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