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Safety analysis of aircraft systems In aviation, safety is defined as the absence of accidents and incidents. JAR 25 treats systems as a whole. Acceptable.

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1 Safety analysis of aircraft systems In aviation, safety is defined as the absence of accidents and incidents. JAR 25 treats systems as a whole. Acceptable accident rates must be established, 100% safety can never be guaranteed. A relationship must be established between severity of effect and probability of occurrence.

2 Probability versus severity of effect

3 The principle of graceful degradation In any system the failure of a single element, component or connection should not prevent continued safe flight and landing. This single failure should also not lead to an unacceptable workload for the operating crew.

4 Types of failure to be considered Single active failure Passive and undetected (dormant) failures Combinations of independent failures Common-mode failures Cascade failures Failures produced by the environment

5 Errors Design errors Manufacturing errors Maintenance errors Pilot mismanagement Errors in manuals or checklists

6 Dormant failure Reverser is deployed! Lauda Air B767, Design errors in the thrust reverser electric systems led to unobserved deterioration of the HIV valve

7 Common-mode failure Whatever you do, keep us away from the city!” UA 232, , Sioux City, Iowa. No. 2 engine fan disc disintegration severed all 3 hydraulic lines in the tail area. Exceptional flying by the crew led to a landing at Sioux airport

8 Cascade failure THY 981, , Paris Inadequately closed lower deck door opened, causing floor collapse This blocked the flying control runs under the floor, causing catastrophic failure

9 Failure rates in light single engined aircraft Engine failure. A minimum demonstrated flying speed must be 61 kts or below, to enable a succesful off-airport landing. Instrument systems for IFR operations must be dual and independent. Vacuum pump MTBF 700 hrs. Prevention of flap asymmetry must be adequate

10 A few examples Cessna 172. Seat rails, flap system, elevator control Piper PA 28 wing attachment Robinson R22 helicopter, mast bumping

11 Current concerns for GA Inadequate training Inadequate currency Insufficient pilot ability Lack of familiarity with the full flight envelope Inadequate understanding of increasingly complex systems

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