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, September 9, 2014
Asiana Flight 214
The airplane was too high on the approach, until it became too low
Are there lessons for pilots of comparatively small general aviation aircraft to learn from the crash of a large Boeing 777 packed with 309 people?
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Wake Up To Wake Hazards
NTSB investigations offer reasons not to be complacent about wake turbulence
The potential effects of a wake turbulence encounter are routinely covered during pilot training.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Searching For Missing Aircraft
Some crash sites are never found, and it can take a long time to find others
Questions heard with increasing frequency during the first weeks of fruitless searching for Malaysia Air-lines Flight MH370 concerned whether the search would eventually be abandoned, and whether it's possible that we might never know what happened to the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
More Alerts For GA Pilots
No matter how extensively you test on the ground, the proof comes in the air
If your auto mechanic doesn't get something quite right when making a repair to your vehicle, chances are good that you'll survive.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
More Alerts For GA Pilots
The NTSB highlights five more areas it believes need attention
As 2013 was poised to become 2014, the NTSB added five new subjects to its growing list of Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Stall Warning System
An aircraft’s stall warning system doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves
Whether it's a comparatively simple system (a leading-edge vane operates a switch to complete an electrical circuit and sound a horn or illuminate a bulb), or a complex system (which generates signals to activate a stick shaker), a properly operating stall warning system can prevent you from having a really bad day.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The Slippery Slope Of OSA
The FAA ignores obvious accident causes when it focuses on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
By now you know about the FAA's fascination with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing for pilots and controllers.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Clues From Survivors
Survivors can provide new information or confirm what came from another source
Survivors don't always remember very much about an accident. In some cases, memory is affected by the body going into shock or receiving physical injury.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The Weather Picture
The NTSB wants you to be able to see what’s happening in places you’re going to
The program that data shows isn't needed, according to the AOPA/EAA exemption petition, is the third-class medical requirement for pilots who fly day/VFR for recreation.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Setting Stabilized Approach Criteria
Just because the FAA doesn’t get specific doesn’t mean you don’t need criteria
When Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, it became apparent very quickly that the Boeing 777 wasn't stabilized during the final portion of its approach to runway 28L.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
They provide one way to keep the spirit of aviation’s history alive for future generations
Aviation has a rich and colorful past and, over the years, many people have made noteworthy contributions to help keep history alive.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Management of remaining power and hitting all the numbers are keys to success
If I were to declare that an approach and landing in a twin-engine airplane with one engine inoperative is essentially the same as a two-engine approach and landing.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Pilots Popping Pills
Use of prescription and over-the-counter medications can be problematic for pilots
I recently stumbled across the study, which was sponsored by the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. I don't recall hearing about it when it was completed in May of 2006.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The NTSB has highlighted what it sees as five general aviation trouble areas
Rather than just hand-wringing at the inability of general aviation to bring its accident rates in line with those of the scheduled airlines, the NTSB is trying to cajole and educate pilots and others who might have some influence.
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.