In closing, I thank my colleagues for their
preparation going into this board meeting, and for the good debate and discussion.
On behalf of the Board, a sincere “thank you”
not only to the investigative and writing staff but to the support and program
staff as well.
The recommendations we adopted today, if
acted on, will improve consistency for flight crews in the methods used to
autotune or manually set lateral navigation guidance in flight management
They also include identifying better ways to present
preflight and in-flight information about airport conditions and other relevant
data. And they include actions to examine methods to more effectively identify
Additional recommendations, if implemented, would
result in systems on aircraft and at airports to alert pilots and air traffic
controllers when an airplane is not lined up with a runway surface.
The incident that we discussed today should
drive home just how costly such a mistake could be. If today’s recommendations
are acted upon, we will have taken steps to ensure the circumstances of this incident
don’t happen again.
We urge recipients to act on these
recommendations to further improve aviation safety, so that we do not have to re-learn
the lessons of this incident at a far greater cost.
We stand adjourned.