Researcher Seeks Input On Landing Techniques
Douglas Boyd, a researcher with the University of Texas, is looking into factors that affect landing safety for light aircraft, and has posted an online survey seeking input from general aviation pilots. “A couple of years ago we did a study on student-pilot accidents, and it piqued my curiosity about the various factors that affect landing accidents, in particular,” Boyd told AVweb. “This new study is designed to try to figure out more details about how pilots think about and plan their landings.” The questionnaire asks certificated pilots (private through ATP) to anonymously answer just seven brief questions that Boyd hopes will shed light on the topic and lead to better training regimens in the future.
“It shouldn’t take more than two minutes for folks to participate,” Boyd said. The research is focused on aircraft that weigh less than 12,500 pounds. After the data is analyzed, Boyd will report his results to AVweb as well as to academic journals.