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AIR DISPLAY INCIDENTS - A USEFUL LESSON FOR OTHERS?
In recent years, a number of fatal accidents have occurred during air displays. In many of these accidents, the subsequent AAIB investigation has not determined a technical cause, leading to the conclusion that the cause could have been human error.
During the course of accident investigations, it is often the case that information is unearthed on pre-cursor incidents in which the causal factors were similar to those of the accident and which might have led to a similar outcome had it not been for the fact that one or more links in the 'causal chain' had been broken. Those pilots who have experienced a 'close-call' incident often take particular care to ensure that subsequently, they allow a sufficient margin for error. But what about those pilots who don't have the benefit of this experience? The saying "There are rarely new accidents, but many 'old' accidents involving 'new' individuals" is as relevant to air display flying as it is more generally. We all make errors and we all learn lessons from our mistakes. In the particularly demanding environment of display flying, when the margin for error may be significantly reduced from that available in normal flight operations, it is extremely important to share experience as widely as possible.
The CHIRP Programme exists to gather information on errors and 'Safety lessons learned' and promulgate this as widely as possible for the benefit of other individuals. We are specifically inviting reports from Air Display participants with the objective of sharing this information, after disidentification, with other display pilots.
If you have had an air display flying experience, from which others might learn - write it down and send it in.