Part 4: Autonomous activities

Part 4: Autonomous activities

Things to think about, research and discuss:

  • Have you ever experienced a fire on an aircraft? If so, what were the circumstances? How was it dealt with?
  • How would you deal with a fire on a light aircraft?
  • What do you think are the most common causes of fires on aircraft?
  • Why is smoke so dangerous in an aircraft?
  • Have you ever had a lucky escape while flying?
  • How significant do you think human factors are in aviation accidents?
  • How would you persuade someone who is scared of flying that aviation is safe?
  • How can safety in aviation be improved?
  • Describe the safety facilities and services at an airfield you know well.
  • How has aircraft construction improved since the 1970s?
  • Why do ground collisions occur?
  • What can be done to prevent them?
  • What situations can lead to depressurization? What are its effects?

Some interesting videos:
This one is about the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) for the A320:
Video 1
And this one about whether the DC10 was unfairly considered a dangerous aeroplane:
Video 2
Canadian video about landing accidents and runway overruns:
Video 3

As ever, Skybrary has a wealth of extra reading material, here in