Laser peening improves fatigue properties, improves damage tolerance, cuts maintenance time and costs… and the list goes on. In that long list, laser peening, most importantly, improves safety. Lives are safer when planes don’t suffer midair failures from fatigue and cracking.
While we focus a lot on the engineering benefits of laser peening, we also celebrate the safety improvement results of laser peening.
We would like to celebrate the work of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and its work toward improving safety.
As of March 13, 2016, “Alaska Aircrash Investigations” , a TV series, airs on the Smithsonian Channel, documenting Aviation Safety Investigators (ASIs) as they investigate and analyze airplane crashes in Alaska. Through the process, we all learn how to avoid such disasters and make the world a safer place.
“The series also sets into sharp focus some of the safety challenges throughout the general aviation community that the NTSB has been concerned about for years and that have been a mainstay on the NTSB’s yearly Most Wanted List of safety improvements. In the 2016 Most Wanted List, we focus on loss of aircraft control by the pilot. Between 2008 and 2014, about 47 percent of fatal fixed-wing general aviation accidents in the U.S. involved pilots losing control of their airplane in flight, resulting in 1,210 fatalities throughout the United States. During the past 12 years air fatalities dropped by 57 percent in Alaska.”
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