Can piloting be directly compared to a continuous-play sport like basketball?
There are obvious differences, when piloting an aircraft, you will not find yourself up against another team whose prime purpose is to stop you achieving your goal. And, even though flight crew are performing their jobs for the whole flight, the parts of the flight that are by far the most useful to assess aircraft handling usually account for less than 5 minutes. This might appear similar to only judging a basketballer by their performance between tip-off and 2 minutes, and then between 45 and 48 minutes. Out of a potential 10 hour flight, assessing performance by focussing on such a limited portion of the flight might seem over-simplified, but the short reason is, this is the portion of the flight where the crew are most actively controlling the aircraft and tolerances for error are narrower.
It’s important to note that the point of flight scoring as a concept is not to replace ‘normal’ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) but to enhance it and offer more personalized safety information. The key result will be a value that describes where a particular flight, or a particular crew, fit among the data spread for all flights on the same aircraft type. This value could be a combination of ‘scores’ for different Key Point Values (KPVs), and then be broken down into the score for each section of flight. This concept will also greatly enhance the ability to detect pre-curser trends before they reach the point of triggering events.