In this Issue:

ATA Introduces the Aviation & Aerospace Team

Get The Full View: 360 Cameras

Measuring Truck Driver Performance Capabilities

This Issue's Toolbox Feature - Trucking


ATA Associates has been involved with aviation related accidents and investigations for over 50 years. Our investigations include military, commercial and general aviation aircraft issues and crashes. Examples of our past reconstructions include:

      - Boeing 727 – Evaluation of flight control components which caused a crash during takeoff.

      - General Dynamics F-16 – Testing and analysis of the wire chafing design defect.

      - Douglas DC-3 – Investigation of Ricky Nelson’s plane crash and fire.

      - Northrop F-4 – Examination and assessment of the onboard oxygen tank which caused a fire.

      - NASA Apollo 13 – Part of the mission operations team for flight recovery.

In the Spring of 2019, ATA Associates was approached by a foreign government to be part of a team of global experts to investigate an airplane crash where 96 people lost their lives. As the investigation progressed, ATA found itself surrounded by some of the world's most recognized aviation experts. Seeing the incredible talent and expertise, ATA began assembling a team of experts specially targeted towards aviation and aerospace activities. We are excited to officially introduce the ATA Aviation and Aerospace Team to our community.

Team members have experience in the NTSB, FAA, aviation training, dynamics, explosion analysis, terrorism investigations, site investigations, human factors, graphics and much more. In addition to the capabilities and experience of this team, ATA has a partnership with Jacobs Engineering to use NASA labs for testing. As time goes on, we will introduce additional experts in different disciplines to this current team of 25.

Please view our home page to view ATA Specialty Teams.



A recent addition to ATA’s arsenal of inspection and documentation tools are 3D cameras. When mounted on the roof of a moving vehicle, these cameras can capture imagery in all directions, including upward, as the vehicle moves down a given roadway. This can be particularly helpful when investigating an incident that involves an intersection.

This technology has been around for some time, but hasn’t been appreciated for what it can do for scene and vehicle investigations. Utilizing a 360 camera while driving through an intersection allows you to see what color your stop light was, and the stop light color and perspective of oncoming traffic from a perpendicular lane (Figure 1 and 2).

Forensically, it ensures complete documentation in less time, and perspectives that are otherwise impossible to view simultaneously (Figure 3). With 360 picture and/or video perspective, another easy-to-understand component is brought into the court room. Making forensic analysis understandable for a juror is always an obstacle while preparing an analysis. In some cases, the 360 camera has taken the place of 10 to 20 photographs and multiple drive through videos.

This technology is part of what ATA refers to as “Applied Graphics Analysis” in which we utilize various high-level 3D graphic and photographic tools and programs to produce stunning visual presentation imagery and data analysis.



ATA Associates and Pharmaflight are partnering to establish a physiological testing program to evaluate the health and performance capabilities of truck drivers.

The program tests drivers for physiological symptoms that may affect their job performance and could represent potential safety issues. The test evaluations focus on deviations from optimum health (cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological), fatigue and stress.

Portable test equipment is placed on a resting test subject and simultaneously records and evaluates approximately 800 selected physiological parameters. The testing process takes just six minutes with the results of the evaluation available within an hour.

Hungarian firm Pharmaflight is an aviation research and development organization that has tested more than 300,000 individuals during the last 30 years. Their established testing methodology is currently used in Europe for measuring performance of aircraft crews, SWAT helicopter pilots and other workers in high stress jobs.

The intent of this joint effort between Pharmaflight and ATA Associates is to improve trucking safety and the overall performance of the American trucking system. The evaluations provide a comprehensive picture of the subjects’ current physiological and mental conditions and provides an objective baseline for tracking the tested individuals’ future well-being.

The benefits of establishing a baseline and tracking system include the following:

      - Safety Improvement

      - Performance Improvement

      - Mitigation of Driver Fatigue

      - Driver Retention Improvement

      - Reduced Litigation Risks


This issue’s featured topic for ATA’s Toolbox is Trucking. Trucking and driver issues have long been ATA’s core field of accident investigation, vehicle testing and safety education.

Beyond investigating accidents, ATA has always been an advocate and participant in the promotion of road, vehicle and driver safety

To find out more about ATA's history and experience in this field, visit:

ATA Toolbox - Trucking.