It is well known in aviation safety circles that the approach and landing phase of flight reports some of the highest proportion of accidents.
The release of the Flight Safety Foundation's Approach and Landing Accident Reduction toolkit (ALAR) was a significant step in addressing this factor. From the ALAR Toolkit, the Stabilised approach concept is now well embedded throughout the industry and is referenced within the controls area of the BAR Standard. Interestingly lack of a stabilized approach policy also rates as a frequent non-conformity based on the data from the BARS Audit Program.
Capt. Bill Curtis, Chairman, FSF International Advisory Committee and of the Presage Group along with Tzvetomir Bladjev of Eurocontrol have been working with the Flight Safety Foundation over the last couple of years on a study into the Stabilised Approach concept and its effectiveness as well as the risks associated with the go-around manoeuvre. An interesting statistic elicited from this study was that of all the approaches that fell outside the criteria of the published Stabilised Approach, 97% continued to land and only 3% took the decision to abort the landing and go-around. Why would this be?
The study is a great step forward in making both the approach and the go-around event safer. The report is available on the Foundation website and well worth a read. It is yet another example of the contribution the Flight Safety Foundation has been making in its 70 year history of aviation safety.
Managing Director, BARS Program