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Aviation Safety and Security
Utilizing Technology to Prevent Aircraft Fatality

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ISBN 9780367275198
June 4, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
206 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The book focuses on ways to better manage and prevent aircraft-based homicide events while in-flight using alternate technology to replace the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and/or Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) functions. While these events are infrequent, the implementation of real-time predictive maintenance would allow aircraft operators to better manage both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events. The book explores historical events of in-flight homicide and includes relevant accident case study excerpts (i.e. NTSB, AAIB).

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 History of Security Events 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Threat and the use of violence in aviation 2.3 Murder at the controls of an aircraft 2.4 The Second World War, and the immediate period there after 2.5 The late 1950s and 1960’s 2.6 The 1970’s onwards 2.7 Conclusions 3 Flight Data Recorders and Cockpit Voice Recorders 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Flight instrument recording 3.3 Certification and flight instrument recording 3.4 Decoding flight instrument data from data recorders 3.5 Conclusions Chapter 4 Flight Controls and Air Conditioning Systems 4.1 Relevance of Flight controls Air-conditioning systems and commercial aviation 4.2 Comparing the underlying philosophy of Flight controls for Airbus and Boeing 4.3 Air-conditioning systems and commercial aviation 4.4 Conclusions 5 Use of Live Aircraft Data in Aircraft Maintenance Management 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Aircraft Maintenance Management and its commercial importance 5.3 Technical components combined with data logging 5.4 Live streamed data and radio communication technologies 5.5 Data mining of very large data bases and commercial solutions to predictive maintenance 5.6 Conclusions 6 Human Factors and Safety Management Systems 6.1 Introduction 6.2 British European Airways accident – a turning point 6.3 SHELL Model 6.4 The impossible accident’ - Tenerife, 1977 6.5 Error Chain Model 6.6 Flight crew training to prevent events 6.7 Professor James Reasons’ ‘Swiss Cheese Model’6.8 Safety Management Systems 6.9 Conclusions 7 Aircraft Security – Physical Barriers 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Flight decks with curtains and doors 7.3 British Airways 2069, 29th December 2000 7.4 Year 2001 events and post 9-11 modifications to the flight deck door. 7.5 Conclusions 8 Unusual Losses of Aircraft 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Korean Air Lines KL 007 shoot down, 1st September 1983 8.3 Pacific South West Airlines flight 1771, 7th December 1987 8.4 Silk Air 185, 19th December 1997 8.5 Egypt Air 990, 31st October 1999 8.6 Malaysian Airlines MH370, 8th March 2013 8.7 LAM Mozambique flight 470, 29th November 2013 8.8 Germanwings 9525, 24th March 2015 8.9 Horizon Air (theft/ suicide), 10th August 2018 8.10 Other current sources of weaknesses in commercial aircraft 8.11 Conclusions 9 Minimizing Loss: Modifying Current Aircrafts and Processes 9.1 Introduction 9.2 History of remotely controlled aircraft 9.3 Federal Aviation Administrations’ full scale controlled impact demonstration 9.4 Remote Controlled Aircraft (Drones) during and post the Gulf War – Operation Desert Storm 9.5 Boeing Patent on Remote Control Take-over of Aircraft 9.6 Current capabilities and their limitations 9.7 Changes and technologies required for a safe autonomous system 9.8 The justification and driver to introduce ground monitored technologies 9.9 Conclusions

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Prof. Stephen J Wright is a professorial academic member of staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Tampere University, Finland, specialising in Aviation, Aeronautical Engineering and Aircraft Systems. In addition to his university activities, Prof. Wright continues (at the time of writing) to hold the esteemed post of President for the Finnish Society of Aeronautical Engineers, is a past Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, and is a life-long Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy, UK.

He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, in the fouling and failure of commercial aircraft air conditioning systems. Other academic qualifications include a Post Graduate Certification of teaching and learning in Higher Education, awarded by Kingston University, London. He gained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Sussex, with additional studies at Uppsala Universitiet, Sweden.

Prof. Wright engages formally with numerous elements of the European Commission as a recognised expert in Aviation/ Aeronautical Engineering. He is fully committed to the objectives and aspirations to improve the industry, that will allow for better and more effective air transportation (Flightpath 2050 / Master Plan).

Lastly, Prof. Wright has attended and passed examination for numerous manufacturer ‘line and base’ maintenance engineering type rating courses (B1.1 discipline) associated with his previous commercial aviation employment, in addition to holding a European Aviation Safety Agency Flight Crew license for single engine piston aircraft.