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Safety Webinar – Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) Accident Precursors in General Aviation

November 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

November Topic of the Month – Controlled Flight Into Terrain and Overreliance on Automation
Even though technological advances in situational awareness have dramatically reduced the frequency of General Aviation (GA) Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT), accident data reveals that reliance on automation is a known precursor to CFIT events. Indeed, a pilot’s over reliance on automation can lead to pilot complacency, degraded hand-flying competence, and eroded confidence.

In this webinar, we will discuss several CFIT accident precursors including inadvertent and continued Visual Flight Rules (VFR) into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), wire strikes (not limited to agricultural flying), IFR procedural mistakes, and unrealistic aircraft performance expectations (e.g., high density altitude, weight and balance considerations, tailwinds on approach, etc.).

We will focus what we can learn from CFIT accident data and how awareness of automation limitations and pilot proficiency in flying are key to safe flight operations. We will also discuss best practices to maintain our flying skills and ultimately reduce general aviation accidents. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Kimberly Metris, a tail wheel aircraft owner and skydive pilot.

Presented by: Dr.Kimberly L. Metris, FAASTeam Representative

WINGS Credit Applicability: 1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3

Register online at faasafety.gov.
Be sure to copy and past the listed Zoom registration link into your browser to fully complete your registration.


November 4, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm