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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.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Under The Cowling

Can a pilot really know everything about the condition of an engine?

Under The CowlingCan the pilot really be expected to know everything about what has been going on?
Friday, September 11, 2015

The Low-Tech Approach

The NTSB warns not to forget about see-and-avoid

The Low-Tech ApproachThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Safety Alert to pilots emphasizing the importance of not forgetting about an old-fashioned, low-tech approach to maintaining separation from other aircraft, even while adopting advanced technology throughout the cockpit.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Flight Control And Trim Anomalies

What the NTSB says you need to do after aircraft maintenance

Flight Control And Trim AnomaliesThe NTSB might have had in mind the situation I faced when it issued a new Safety Alert notifying pilots of the importance of performing thorough preflight checks when flying an aircraft for the first time after maintenance.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mastering Mountain Flying

The NTSB has issued a Safety Alert for those who fly over high places

Mastering Mountain FlyingAs part of its effort to reduce the number of general aviation accidents, the NTSB from time to time issues Safety Alerts aimed at general aviation pilots.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It’s For You

While you’re flying an airplane is no time to be distracted by a cell phone

It’s For YouA pilot using a cell phone in flight, especially during a high work-load segment of a flight, may find the price that might be paid for giving too much attention to the phone is a lot higher than when on the ground.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What In The World Were They Thinking?

Things some pilots do can make you scratch your head in disbelief

What In The World Were They Thinking?If you pay even moderate attention to NTSB accident reports, you're likely to become a safer pilot by osmosis as you absorb the mistakes made by other pilots.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ADS-B—Hope Or Hype?

The promise of ADS-B needs to be accompanied by a reality check

ADS-B—Hope Or Hype?It won't be for a few years, but we'll eventually know whether the FAA's automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system will meet expectations of its advocates as being the greatest thing since sliced bread for both pilots and air traffic controllers.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Inhofe Accident

The NTSB wished for more facts about what Senator Inhofe’s son faced

The Inhofe AccidentThere has been no stronger advocate on Capitol Hill for general aviation and the pilot community than Senator James Inhofe, Republican, of Oklahoma.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drug Use Trends

The NTSB publishes a study focusing on the possible impairing effects of drugs

Drug Use TrendsThe NTSB looked at accident records between 1990 and 2012 for what was a retrospective review of data.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ice You Can’t See Out The Window

Extra awareness is needed to detect the onset of induction system icing

Ice You Can’t See Out The WindowSome pilots may harbor the mistaken notion that if the airplane they're flying doesn't have a carburetor, they don't need to be concerned about the possibility of induction system icing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Are They Crying Wolf?

Piloting skill and judgment involves recognizing which information is pertinent

Are They Crying Wolf?He falsely claimed he was being attacked by the wolf so often that when the wolf really did appear, no one came to help.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Asiana Flight 214

The airplane was too high on the approach, until it became too low

Asiana Flight 214Are 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, August 19, 2014

Getting The Weather Straight

Pilots may not be warned of adverse weather conditions, even when others are

Getting The Weather StraightThe NTSB says that the National Weather Service and the FAA need to do a better job of getting important weather information to pilots.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wake Up To Wake Hazards

NTSB investigations offer reasons not to be complacent about wake turbulence

Wake Up To Wake HazardsThe 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

Searching For Missing AircraftQuestions 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

More Alerts For GA PilotsIf 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

More Alerts For GA PilotsAs 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

The Stall Warning SystemWhether 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

The Slippery Slope Of OSABy 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

Clues From SurvivorsSurvivors 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.