1st Edition

Aviation Safety and Security Utilizing Technology to Prevent Aircraft Fatality

By Stephen J Wright Copyright 2021
    202 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This 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 allows aircraft operators to better manage both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events. Aviation Safety and Security: Utilizing Technology to Prevent Aircraft Fatality explores historical events of in-flight homicide and includes relevant accident case study excerpts from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).


    • Explores historical events of in-flight homicide and offers solutions for ways to mitigate risk
    • Explains how alternate technologies can be implemented to address in-flight safety issues
    • Demonstrates that metrics for change are not solely for safety but also for financial savings for aircraft operation
    • Includes relevant accident case study excerpts from the NTSB and AAIB
    • Expresses the need for real-time predictive maintenance

    Stephen J Wright is an academic Professor at the faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Tampere University, Finland, specializing in aviation, aeronautical engineering, and aircraft systems.

    1. Introduction

    2. History of Security Events

    3. Flight Data Recorders and Cockpit Voice Recorders

    4. Flight Controls and Environmental Control Systems

    5. Use of Live Aircraft Data in Aircraft Maintenance Management

    6. Human Factors and Safety Management Systems

    7. Aircraft Security

    8. Unusual Losses of Aircraft

    9. Minimizing Loss: Modifying Current Aircraft and Processes


    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.

    "...This text is particularly well organized and presents a useful historical perspective on in-flight security, supported by a selection of case study information. Detailed chapters on aircraft technologies, including recording and usage of flight data and flight control information, current processes for minimizing loss of aircraft due to safety issues, and recommended modifications to existing processes and aircraft provide an outline of how technology supports prevention of fatality and aircraft loss...Overall, Wright presents a sweeping overview of a specialized topic in aviation not often discussed in textbook format. A fine introduction to in-flight aircraft security."

    K. M. Singh, Choice Reviews April 2022, USA