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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.

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.
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 Weather PictureThe 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

Setting Stabilized Approach CriteriaWhen 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

Historic Replicas

They provide one way to keep the spirit of aviation’s history alive for future generations

Historic ReplicasAviation 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

Engine-Out Landings

Management of remaining power and hitting all the numbers are keys to success

Engine-Out LandingsIf 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

Pilots Popping PillsI 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

Safety Alerts

The NTSB has highlighted what it sees as five general aviation trouble areas

Safety AlertsRather 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

Improving Search And RescueAs 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?

Counting On The InstructorA student may show an initial tendency to move the bar in the direction of the desired turn.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Minimal Experience

What’s appropriate in terms of experience may not be found in the FARs

Minimal ExperienceBrowse through the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), and you'll see specifications for experience in many areas of piloting.