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Technical Visit to the Air Accident Investigation Branch at Farnborough

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The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigates civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK, its overseas territories and crown dependencies.

Date and Time

23 May 2018 - 14:00-16:00

Location

Aldershot, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Aerospace TPN. Contact Deborah McKenzie at dmckenzie@theiet.org for more information.


About this event

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigates civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK, its overseas territories and crown dependencies. The purpose is to improve aviation safety globally by determining the causes of air accidents and serious incidents, and making safety recommendations intended to prevent recurrence. It is not to apportion blame or liability.

Investigations require
• Engineering expertise, including airworthiness, engines, aerodynamics, avionics;
• Operational expertise, from investigators who have current pilot licences and experience of commercial, military, business and private aircraft;
• Analysis of Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder information;
• Air traffic management expertise, concerning the behaviour and use of air traffic management and air traffic control systems in the context of the accident/incident;
• Complementary expertise, concerning weather conditions at the time and place of an accident/incident, as well as conditions leading up to the accident/incident;
• A forensic approach to determine the cause of an accident/incident without attributing blame.

These varied skills are employed to produce thorough, independent, impartial and timely investigations into air accidents and serious incidents and produce reports that explain the circumstances and causes of accidents and serious incidents, leading to improvement of aviation safety in general through education and sharing the lessons learnt from accident investigations.

The visit will consist of a presentation about AAIB and tour of the hangars conducted by AAIB inspectors. No photography is allowed during the tour.

Programme

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Reasons to attend

Air accidents always attract extensive press coverage and interest from the general public, aviation specialists, passengers and pilots. Much of this is due to commercial aviation being extremely safe, and having a responsibility to protect passengers and the general public from harm, so there is always interest and concern to know “how and why did it go wrong?” and “what can be done to stop it happening again?”

Participants in private aviation are regarded as informed participants and therefore the overall level of mandatory protection is slightly less than for commercial air transport but is still strongly regulated resulting in a very safe activity. If there is an accident/incident, the same questions apply “how and why did it go wrong?” and “what can be done to stop it happening again?”

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Free



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