Aviation safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: Aircraft Design Authorities
|Date issued:||12 June 1998|
|Safety action status:|
The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that aircraft
design authorities consider requirements for:
(a) a means of alerting the pilot when incorrect data has been entered into the FMC/FMGS;
(b) all data entries being able to be corrected easily by flight crew;
(c) common industry terminology for automation hardware and software;
(d) FMS software and hardware to accommodate the various changes which are imposed by ATC on an advanced technology aircraft during all phases of operation;
(e) quality control procedures for FMC software with the aim of eliminating the need for system work-arounds; and
(f) the position, design and tactile differences of the frequently-used mode selectors (such as heading and speed), with the aim of eliminating any confusion regarding the use of these controls.
|Response from:||Aircraft Design Authorities|
|Action status:||No Response|
ATSB Note: As this recommendation was not issued to any specific
organisation, no response was expected.