Future Flight Risk Tools Explained

 - April 23, 2012, 6:44 PM

Flight risk assessment tools (FRATs) could help alleviate a common human-factors conundrum.

“Although [people know that] people are at the root of 70 percent of most aviation accidents, many flight department managers believe their own well-trained crews can’t possibly be a part of the problem,” said Pete Agur, managing director of the VanAllen Group, at the Flight Safety Foundation’s 57th Annual Corporate Safety Seminar in San Antonio last week. 

Agur believes that future aircraft cockpits, fed by the latest digital weather and airport information sources, may someday drive active FRAT displays capable of delivering instantaneous risk-assessment callouts to flight crews at any point in the flight. This could help crews reduce the pilot-error percentage considerably.