The Outstanding Contributions of Flight Simulation to Aviation Safety

By Deborah Hersman

This week, the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Simulation Group is holding a conference on “The Contribution of Flight Simulation to Aviation Safety.” Gathered in London are some of the finest minds in flight simulation.

The NTSB’s interest in flight simulators dates back to the late 1960s with recommendations to perform engine-out training in flight simulators rather than airplanes. We are just as interested in their considerable safety benefits today, which is why I was pleased to have the privilege of speaking virtually to the conference.

I recognized the outstanding contributions of the attendees and challenged them to do even more with flight simulator technology to further improve aviation safety, including addressing loss-of-control accidents, such as the tragic Colgan Air crash in February 2009.

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