Where Is The Relevance?
Now, let’s say that my score of 15 was in basketball. Even here, there are lot of other factors to take into account to assess my offensive ability. A way to provide more meaningful statistics would be to increase the sample size and take my points tally from many games. However, even this wouldn’t tell the whole story as there are so many other parts to offense and to the sport as a whole. For example, we haven’t accounted for any assists or steals, and personal fouls haven’t counted against me in any way.
There are so many separate parts of basketball, which contribute to an individual’s overall performance, and it’s the same for flight safety. However, a key difference to point out here is the amount of data available from one flight compared to one basketball game. We can count the number of blocks a player makes, or the point tally, and we can offer a ratio of complete to incomplete passes. Whereas data coming from aircraft in 2020 is so wide-ranging that, in equivalent terms, we would be measuring the peak height reached for each block, the angle of hand and wrist, and the force exerted for each steal, or the angular velocity of the ball as it contacts the board for each lay-up. In flight data monitoring each measurement or calculation is designed to improve safety or efficiency. How long did the aircraft take to de-rotate on landing? How far was the aircraft above the target height? How hard was the landing? Because of the amount of individual measures taken it is not possible for a person to review the performance of every flight for each measure. This is where event monitoring comes in.