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Safety Videos

FSX Chicago is always committed to safety. We believe it is of utmost importance to address safety in aviation before anything else. These are Accident Case Studies done for General Aviation with the intent of raising pilot’s attention and awareness of dangers associated with flight.
We owe to ourselves this paramount in safety.


Watch as a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turns a four hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for a pilot and his family in the unforgiving Idaho backcountry.


On January 13, 2013, a Piper Arrow collided with trees during an emergency approach to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Come along as we re-create the pilot’s final flight, and seek to understand the circumstances that led him down a path to disaster.


As safety-minded pilots we need to make conservative decisions for the best chance of a positive outcome. In this case study, we share lessons drawn from this pilot’s unfortunate decisions during a vacuum pump failure in instrument meteorological conditions. Take this opportunity to boost your awareness of critical and proper decision making in an emergency.


 

On February 29, 2012, a Cirrus SR22 plunged to the ground just seconds before what would have been a normal landing at Melbourne, Florida. In this case study, we reconnect the links of the accident chain, and search for lessons in the tragedy.


One of the great advances in general aviation in recent years has been the widespread availability of datalink weather. Like any technology, though, it can be used improperly. Come along as we examine a tragic accident that highlights an important and often-overlooked limitation of datalink radar.


Experience the chilling reality of an ill-fated VFR flight from Chicago to Raleigh, North Carolina. Cross-Country Crisis examines the pilot’s actions as weather deteriorates and fuel becomes critical in this gripping video-recreation


For most pilots, the world of helicopter search and rescue is a far cry from everyday flying—but the fundamentals of aeronautical decision making still apply. Come along as we re-create one pilot’s final mission, and seek to understand the circumstances that led him down a path to disaster. (Approx. 11 minutes)


It was a perfect day for instrument approaches–but the engine wasn’t up to the task. Would the pilot be able to find a field? Would the airplane shake itself to pieces before he did?


Federal Aviation Administration
FAA Production Studios, faaproductionstudios.com
Obie Young, Director


Fatal VFR into IMC flight.


On December 20, 2011, a Socata TBM-700 impacted the southbound lanes of I-287 near Morristown, New Jersey after plunging nearly 18,000 feet in less than a minute. In this case study, we piece together the events that led to the tragic loss of an entire family, and discuss what we as pilots can learn from them.


It was a perfect day for instrument approaches–but the engine wasn’t up to the task. Would the pilot be able to find a field? Would the airplane shake itself to pieces before he did?



To support NASA’s commitment to improve aviation safety, the Icing Branch at NASA’s Glenn Research Center has developed in-flight icing education and training aids for pilots and operators. The goal is to assist pilots in their decision-making abilities by providing information backed by research and by partnering with regulatory agencies and pilot organizations to ensure that the material is relevant and practical for each intended pilot audience.


So-called over-the-top or cross-control stall accidents have been common among general aviation pilots for years. But no one has ever really documented what happens in one–until now. Thanks the widespread use of glass cockpits, this fatal stall accident has been extraordinarily well documented by accident investigators and includes a video re-creation.

Updated: December 21, 2015 — 4:46 pm
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