Aerospace Engineering

Our aerospace engineers assist with flight testing and provide technical analysis in the areas of flight path reconstruction and aircraft performance.


AvSafe's Engineering Department utilizes radar data and recorded flight data to reconstruct accident flight paths and analyze aircraft performance. These images, plots, and animations can assist investigators in determining factors that are causal to the accident.

Cirrus SR22 4-Panel View, Mayfield Village, Ohio, April 28, 2009
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Bonanza G36 , Hawthorne, California, July 15, 2009
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A three dimensional flight path reconstructed from onboard aircraft data.  The flight path depicts the time, altitude, and position of the aircraft throughout the flight.  The flight path was overlaid on satellite imagery/aerial photography in order to depict actual terrain features below the aircraft.







Weather radar imagery and onboard aircraft data were synchronized to provide information on the aircraft?s location with respect to thunderstorms and rain.








Vertical accelerations from the onboard accelerometer prior to an inflight breakup were recorded to non-volatile memory. AvSafe, LLC performed an analysis of the recorded acceleration data to determine the actual acceleration/G load of the aircraft.












Aircraft pitch, roll, and pressure altitude as recorded in onboard aircraft data.













Indicated airspeed recorded in onboard aircraft data. The data shows a loss of indicated airspeed on both the pilot and copilot Primary Flight Displays (PFD) as a result of inflight pitot tube icing.









AvSafe, LLC was able to reconstruct the actual indicated airspeed of the aircraft using other parameters recorded in the onboard aircraft data. Reconstruction of indicated airspeed allowed experts to compare airspeeds flown by the accident aircraft to airspeed limitations from the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM).









Flight data recorder flight path reconstruction utilized in flight test data reduction and analysis.



















Three dimensional Instrument Landing System (ILS) full scale limits can be utilized to analyze the aircraft flight path while on an ILS approach to an airport.