In addition to monitoring the worldwide fleet, Boeing develops and incorporates new technologies to enhance safety. Through research, development and collaboration, Boeing has developed sophisticated technologies that provide distinct safety advantages.
Excellent examples of how technology has made aviation safer are visible in flight deck systems designed to help pilots avoid two safety problems common in years past: windshear and controlled-flight-into-terrain (CFIT).
Predictive windshear equipment along with improved windshear-training programs for pilots has virtually eliminated that type of accident.
Similarly, the "look ahead" terrain avoidance warning systems, such as Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System, have helped dramatically reduce CFIT accidents.
Vertical Situation Display is another safety-enhancing technology. This sophisticated system allows pilots to see at a glance potential terrain conflicts and runway overshoots at a much earlier point in time than traditional warning systems.
Apart from airplane equipment and technology, Boeing leads the industry in studying and applying human factors engineering lessons to the design of commercial airplanes.
Boeing human factors experts gather information about human abilities, limitations and other characteristics and apply the data to tools, machines, systems and processes.
Their efforts provide a better understanding of how humans can most safely and efficiently integrate with technology.
Boeing also works with the FAA and the industry to develop training aids that improve a pilot's ability to respond to challenging situations.
For example, Boeing provided an updated training aid as part of a continuing effort to reduce loss-of-control airplane accidents.
The upset recovery training aid focuses on helping flight crews recover from non-normal flight attitudes that can result from unusual weather or other "upset" conditions.
The enhanced training also increases the pilot's ability to recognize and avoid situations that can lead to airplane upsets.
Runway Situation Awareness Tools
Helping pilots prevent runway overrun excursions
At Boeing and Embraer, helping pilots prevent runway overrun excursions is a top safety focus area. There isn't just one factor that causes overruns, nor is there one simple solution to prevent them.
To help pilots adapt, Boeing and Embraer have partnered to develop and provide a shared set of flight-deck guiding and alerting tools along with new procedures and training aids for pilots.
The foundation for the Runway Situation Awareness Tools is the long-standing philosophy of both Boeing and Embraer to respect pilot control, and help pilots make timelier, better informed decisions that support safe approaches and landings.
From the approach planning phase through landing rollout and deceleration, the Runway Situation Awareness Tools provide a combination of solutions to reduce runway excursions.