Researchers at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University are investigating the causes of inflight loss of control accidents (LOC-I).
LOC-I means that a pilot was unable to maintain control of the aircraft in flight, resulting in an unrecoverable deviation from the intended flight path. Inadvertent means that the LOC-I was not intentional (such as an intentional stall during training), the researchers explain.
To help with their research, they are asking general aviation pilots who have experienced or prevented an inadvertent loss of control to fill out a survey.
“The responses from the survey may help reduce general aviation loss of control accidents,” says Neelakshi Majumdar, a PhD student who is conducting the research with Professor Karen Marais.
The study, funded by the FAA, is a part of the Safety Analysis and General Aviation (SAGA) research project under Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability (PEGASAS) Center of Excellence.
“The overall goal of this study is to develop focused training methods that could help pilots to avoid LOC-I accidents,” the researchers say.
The survey asks questions about your inadvertent LOC-I experiences and the training you received to avoid or recover from LOC-I. Pilots will also be asked a few demographic questions. All responses are anonymous.
The survey should take approximately 20 to 50 minutes to complete, depending on how many LOC-I experiences you choose to share.
You can find the survey here.