A causal factors analysis of aircraft incidents due to radar limitations: The Norway case study

Syd Ali, B, Majumdar, A, Ochieng, W, Schuster, W and Chiew, T 2015, 'A causal factors analysis of aircraft incidents due to radar limitations: The Norway case study', Journal of Air Transport Management, vol. 4445, pp. 103-109.


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Title A causal factors analysis of aircraft incidents due to radar limitations: The Norway case study
Author(s) Syd Ali, B
Majumdar, A
Ochieng, W
Schuster, W
Chiew, T
Year 2015
Journal name Journal of Air Transport Management
Volume number 4445
Start page 103
End page 109
Total pages 7
Publisher Pergamon Press
Abstract Provision of seamless, safe and effective surveillance services to airspace users requires high performance surveillance sensor coverage in the whole airspace. Limitations in the surveillance system will lead to an inability to provide the required surveillance services to the users. This may result in aircraft incident and accident occurrences. In this paper a case study is developed for the Norwegian airspace, based on five years of safety reports, to identify causal factors of incidents/accidents due to radar system limitations. This is conducted with a safety data analysis from Avinor - Norway's Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and structured communication with Surveillance/ATM safety experts from Avinor. The case study shows that, 76 out of 124 occurrences within the five years in the Norwegian airspace/airport were related to the surveillance function, and 34 out of the 76 occurrences were due to limitations in the radar systems. The analysis identified that the highest contributing causal factors of the occurrences due to radar system limitations were limited surveillance coverage, followed by the lack of situational awareness for flight crew/controllers and unsynchronised surveillance information between flight crew and controllers.
Subject Satellite, Space Vehicle and Missile Design and Testing
Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems
Avionics
Keyword(s) Surveillance system
Causal factor
Aircraft incident/accident
Radar limitations
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2015.03.004
Copyright notice © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN 0969-6997
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