MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO AVIATION SAFETY

The contributions to aviation safety, namely in blind flight, radio communication, the surrogate concept, simulators and data recorders are discussed. Some of the new development include the instrument which combines the horizon and directional gyro, and the sensitive altimeter which can read accurately in tens of feet instead of hundreds. The blind flight instruments combined with radio communications and reinforced by the simulator are important technical contributions to the extraordinary safety record in aviation. The "surrogate" concept is described as those backup, fail-safe design devices that protect the flight against grave and unexpected malfunctions. Such backups include horizon indicators, bus bars, power plants, control systems, radio and navigation system. Collision potential of air traffic is markedly reduced by the use of simulators for training. The analysis of accidents has been tremendously accelerated by flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. Flight data recorders are also valuable in preventing accidents. Possible future developments in aviation safety are listed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Exxon International Company

    1251 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  United States  10020
  • Authors:
    • Lederer, J
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 12-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196504
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM