General Aviation Accident & Pilot Safety
Ask any pilot, safety is top priority when it comes to flying. General aviation accident prevention is the focus of our NTSB Debriefer. Learn keys to being a safe pilot with the articles below.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Improving Search And Rescue
Enhanced technology is available, but aviators have been slow to adopt it
As of mid-2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Satellite Operations Center in Suitland, Md., had about 355,000 of the newer 406 MHz emergency beacons registered in its SARSAT database.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Counting On The Instructor
How long should an instructor wait before correcting a student’s mistake?
A student may show an initial tendency to move the bar in the direction of the desired turn.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
What’s appropriate in terms of experience may not be found in the FARs
Browse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
When Close Friends Get Too Close
Don’t assume that just because you’re friends, you can anticipate what the other pilot will do
One of the great things about aviation is that people are drawn together by this unique avocation as if they were members of a fraternity or sorority.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Reno Accident
Meticulous probing of wreckage led investigators to some tiny screws
The chances are minimal that most pilots will ever find themselves in the same circumstances as did James "Jimmy" Leeward on September 16, 2011.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Fundamental failures by pilots still figure in some accidents
We've just about come to the end of another year in which the NTSB continued to fill its files with accident reports that read suspiciously like many of the thousands it already has on file.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The NTSB wants more done to improve amateur-built aircraft safety
According to the NTSB, although the approximately 33,000 experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft make up about 10% of the U.S.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
When Using NEXRAD Can Be Dangerous
The NTSB says don’t rely on NEXRAD without having this information
Today, more information than ever before is being made available to pilots, both in printed and electronic formats.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The NTSB wants the FAA to provide real-time lightning data
On April 13, 2012, United Airlines flight 930, a Boeing 777, took off from San Francisco International Airport en route to London.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Sharing The Sky
The birds were using the sky long before we pilots were
Although birds will take evasive action to avoid us, and lights can make us more conspicuous, there are times when their and our best efforts aren't good enough.