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CFIT and Overreliance on Automation-GAJSC Topic of the Month
We will discuss hazards of overreliance on automation and the potential for Controlled Flight Into Terrain.
Date and Time:
Thursday, November 11, 2021, starting at 18:00 Eastern Standard Time Download Calendar File
Paul Palmisciano-CFII, DPE
Brief Description:

GAJSC study of General Aviation CFIT Accidents revealed overreliance on automation as a precursor to some mishap events.  They found that automation use contributed to VMC and IMC accidents in day and night flight conditions.  Awareness of automation limitations and pilot proficiency in flying with and without automation are key to safe flight operations.



Teaching Points:


  • CFIT accidents occur in all weather and light conditions.
  • At least one third of pilots involved in CFIT accidents held instrument ratings
  • All of the Continued VFR into IMC accidents in the GAJSC study were fatal.  
  • Some CFIT accidents result from unrealistic or uninformed aircraft performance expectations..
  • Other CFIT accidents result from misunderstanding of automation normal and failure mode operations.
  • Overrelliance on automation can lead to pilot complacency, degraded hand-flying competence and confidence.
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Location of Seminar:
Lane Aviation-upstairs classroom
4389 International Gateway
Upstairs Classroom
Columbus, OH 43219
Directions to Venue:

Press the button at the call box and let them know you are there for the FAASTeam meeting.  Go to the Maroon Awning on the West side of the parking lot and head up the stairs to the classroom.

Fly-in Seminar?:
30 seats at the facility, 18 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
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Contact Information:
Phone: (614) 255-3022
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

We will adhere to local social distancing and masks policies at the time of the event.

Prior to attending a safety seminar, please review and abide by current CDC, State and Local health guidelines.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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Topic of the Month
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