General aviation aircraft accidents pose unique challenges to reconstructionists. Accident investigations involving large commercial aircraft benefit from the data contained in the Flight Data Recorder (i.e. Black Box). However, general aviation aircraft usually do not carry Flight Data Recorders. Typically, the only recorded data of a general aviation aircraft accident is radar data from Air Traffic Control. In some cases, the only available information regarding an aircraft accident is derived from eyewitness reports.
AACES has the ability to analyze a variety of data sources in order to reconstruct the flight path of an aircraft. We apply the complicated engineering principles of aircraft flight dynamics to develop the most plausible and realistic flight path. An animation based on the reconstruction can be produced. Animated reconstructions provide a visual aid to help other people understand what transpired during flight. Animations can be particularly useful in litigation where the jury needs to see what happened based on all available data.