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NASA's forerunner, the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics, was founded by President Wilson in order to "...supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their practical solution, and to determine the problems which should be experimentally attacked, and to discuss their solution and their application to practical questions" (Public Law 63-271). Although the headlines often focus on NASA's activity outside of the Earth's atmosphere, a lot of NASA's successes lie in its continual effort to develop safer aircraft, keeping a promise made to the American people almost a century ago. You may also find some interesting resources at our webpages on Management of Safety and Technical Risks and American Human Spaceflight Accidents. If you are a NASA HQ employee, please consider subscribing to our news alert on aviation safety to get the latest news.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Books E-books Journals Internet Resources


Adair, Bill. The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002.
TL553.525 .P4 A33 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Bibel, George D. Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
TL553.5 .B52 2008 BOOKSTACKS
Chambers, Joseph R. Concept to Reality: Contributions of the NASA Langley Research Center to U.S. Civil Aircraft of the 1990s. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2003.
TL862 .L35 C49 2003 BOOKSTACKS
This book is also available as a PDF at: http://history.nasa.gov/monograph29.pdf.
Connell, Linda J. Cabin Crew Safety Information and the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System. Mountain View, CA: Aviation Safety Reporting System, 2000.
TL553.5 .C67 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Dillingham, Gerald L. Aviation Safety: Preliminary Information on Aircraft Icing and Winter Operations: Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives. Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2010.
TL557 .I3 A953 2010 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Runway Safety: Progress on Reducing Runway Incursions Impeded by Leadership, Technology, and Other Challenges. Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2008.
KF27 .P89624 R8 D55 2008 BOOKSTACKS
Leary, William M. "We Freeze to Please": A History of NASA's Icing Research Tunnel and the Quest for Flight Safety. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of External Relations, NASA History Office, 2002.
TL557 .I3 L43 2002 BOOKSTACKS
This book is also available as a PDF at: http://history.nasa.gov/sp4226.pdf.
McIntyre, Geoffrey R. Patterns in Safety Thinking: A Literature Guide to Air Transportation Safety. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2000.
TL553.5 .M32 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Strauch, Barry. Investigating Human Error: Incidents, Accidents, and Complex Systems. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004.
TL553.5 .S77 2004 BOOKSTACKS
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology. Aviation Safety: Can NASA do More to Protect the Public?. Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O., 2008.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Subcommittee on Aviation. Aviation Safety: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, November 17, 2005. Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O., 2006.
KF26 .C67 A95 2006 BOOKSTACKS
Walters, James M. Aircraft Accident Analysis: Final Reports. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2000.
TL553.5 .W34 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Wells, Alexander T. Commercial Aviation Safety. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
TL553.5 .W46 2001 BOOKSTACKS
Wiegmann, Douglas A. A Human Error Approach to Aviation Accident Analysis: The Human Factors Analysis and Classification System. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003.
TL553.5 .W54 2003 BOOKSTACKS


The e-books listed below are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Weigang, Li, Alexandre de Barros, and Italo Romani de Oliveira (eds.). Computational Models, Software Engineering, and Advanced Technologies in Air Transportation: Next Generation Applications. IGI Global, 2010.
The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the National Academies Press.
Committee for the Review of NASA's Aviation Safety-Related Programs. Advancing Aeronautical Safety: A Review of NASA's Aviation Safety-Related Research Programs, 2010.
Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050. Securing the Future of U.S. Air Transportation: A System in Peril, 2003.


Please visit us and read any of these journals from 7:30 to 5:00, Monday through Friday. If you are a NASA HQ civil servant, detailee, or contractor, you can read them online.
Aerospace America
Aerospace Daily and Defense Report
AIAA Journal
Aviation Week and Space Technology
FAA Aviation News
Flight International

Internet Resources

NASA Resources
Allen, Bob. NASA Langley Aeronautics. Oct. 19, 2010 [May 12, 2009]
Carmona, Mariana. Aviation Safety Reporting System. Sept. 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
Colantonio, Ron. The Icing Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center. Dec. 12, 2008 [Nov. 1, 2010]
Curry, Marty. Flight Research Projects. Sept. 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
Hardman, John. NASA Ames Aeronautics Directorate. Oct. 1, 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
Springer, Tony. Aviation Safety Program. June 25, 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
Other Federal Resources
Federal Aviation Administration. Accident & Incident Data. Oct. 28, 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
__________. Aircraft Safety. Oct. 16, 2008 [Nov. 1, 2010]
__________. Airport Safety. Sept. 2, 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
__________. Safety. May 19, 2009 [Nov. 1, 2010]
National Transporation Safety Board. Oct. 28, 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
Non-Governmental Resources
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Air Safety Institute. 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
__________. Training & Safety. 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
Flight Safety Foundation. Sept. 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]
International Civil Aviation Organization. 2010 [Nov. 1, 2010]

Last Updated: Nov. 2010