Angle of Attack Equipment for General Aviation Operations

The ultimate aim of this research is to provide pilots and instructors with information that could provide additional assistance to interpret the flight path & aircraft attitude relationship. The current analysis of angle of attach (AOA) displays is anecdotal in nature and there needs to be a rigorous study accomplished which solidifies the touted benefits by various industry groups. The expected outcomes of the project are: (1) Analysis of Best Practices and Development of Educational Materials; (2) Evaluate best practices and develop materials for utilization of AOA displays during stabilized approaches; (3) Altitude awareness enhancement; (4) Evaluate the relationship between AOA and the potential for precision approach paths during the approach and landing phases; (5) Stabilized Approach Analysis; (6) Perform a comprehensive analysis of the differences in the degree of stabilization between individuals with varying access to AOA displays and AOA education; and (7) Cost/Benefit/Risks. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not require AOA displays and, therefore, individuals may choose whether to install and use them. The team will perform a detailed analysis of the return on investment for the enhancement of safety to help pilots and owners determine to invest in the equipment.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Centers of Excellence - Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $421,305.51
  • Contract Numbers:






  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Project Managers:

    Vu, Michael

  • Performing Organizations:

    Purdue University

    1401 Aviation Drive
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907

    Florida Institute of Technology

    150 W. University Boulevard
    Melbourne, FL  United States  32901

    The Ohio State University

    2036 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dillman, Brian

    Young, Seth

    Cusick, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20130813
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150331
  • Source Data: PEGASAS Project 3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01587304
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability
  • Contract Numbers: 12-C-GA-PU-004,009,019, 12-C-GA-FIT-003,004, 12-C-GA-OSU-002,005, 12-C-GA-PU-091, 12-C-GA-OSU-057
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 19 2016 4:03PM