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Cockpit Automation, Flight Systems Complexity, and Aircraft Certification: Background and Issues for Congress [October 3, 2019]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "The increasing complexity and automation of flight control systems pose a challenge to federal policy regarding aircraft certification and pilot training. Despite significant commercial aviation safety improvements over the past two decades, flight control automation and aircraft complexity have been cited as contributing factors in a number of major airline accidents, including two high-profile crashes overseas involving the recently introduced Boeing 737 Max variant in 2018 and 2019. These crashes have directed attention to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight of aircraft type certification and pilot training practices for transport category aircraft, particularly as they pertain to complex automated flight control systems. As aircraft systems have evolved over the past three decades to incorporate new technologies, Congress has mandated FAA to streamline certification processes, with the primary motivation being to facilitate the development of new safety-enhancing technologies."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R45939
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2019-10-03
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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