FlightSafety International and Presage Group will partner on a groundbreaking psychological study of go-around decision making for Gulfstream operators, the companies announced on Monday at the Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS) 2022 in Savannah, Georgia. Aiming to address the root cause of runway excursions, which represent up to half of all business aviation accidents annually, the Gulfstream study will use Presage’s proprietary psychological methodology “to understand human behavior in the moment” of landing decision-making, Presage v-p of operations and business development Piyush Gandhi said at the summit.
Scheduled to start this summer using FSI-built Gulfstream flight simulators, this will be the first landing/go-around decision study of two-pilot business aviation operations. Presage's methodology for go-around decision-making is already used by some two dozen airlines and is being offered as the Safe to Land initiative in single-pilot operations for the Citation Jet Pilots Owner-Pilot Association (CJP) under the association’s safety committee chair, former astronaut Charlie Precourt. CJP's members operate about 1,000 jets and have been accident- and incident-free for the past 19 months. "The success with the last 19 months would better be connected to a few other safety initiatives at CJP instead of this new one," he explained, "but we fully expect the Safe to Land initiative will have a big impact on mitigating future runway excursions."
Presage’s risk-mitigation processes include pilots’ input to identify real-world limits for continuing an unstabilized approach in their individual operations, with simultaneous buy-in from regulators, union representatives, and other stakeholders.