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, 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.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Do As We Say, Not As We Do
Government advice sometimes is good for everyone, including government
Over the years, you've no doubt heard urgings from various government agencies to always pay careful attention to the weather when you're in flying mode.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
When someone makes a suggestion, it might be wise to listen
Aviation seems to promote camaraderie among many of those who relish being part of this unique affinity group.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Setting The Selector
In some aircraft, you have to be a contortionist to see where the fuel-tank selector is pointing
If you've flown a variety of aircraft, you know that some designers decided to make it awfully difficult to see for sure which fuel tank or tanks you've selected.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Drinking, Driving And Flying
Just the prospect of facing FAA paperwork should make one think twice about misusing alcohol
When FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after being arrested by police in Fairfax City, Va., on a drunk-driving charge, some of my pilot acquaintances were quick to express astonishment at the irony of Babbitt himself likely having to face the bureaucratic hurdles set up by the FAA for pilots caught drinking and driving who want to continue flying.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
May I See Your Driver’s License?
Data proving you don’t need an FAA medical certificate to be safe comes as no surprise to many
Others believe the resources the FAA devotes to medical certification could be put to better use elsewhere.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Air Race Accidents
Safety in air racing depends on the airplane as well as the pilot
The death toll quickly rose to 11, including the pilot with about 70 injured.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Fire In Front
In a fire scenario, aircraft control can be lost at any moment
According to a search of NTSB data, in 2010, there were only four general aviation fixed-wing accidents investigated that involved in-flight engine compartment fires.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Wing heaviness may be a minor annoyance or a genuine threat to safety
Most pilots know what it feels like when an airplane is wing heavy because there's more fuel on one side than the other.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Ted Stevens Accident
It looks as if we’ll never know exactly what happened
The NTSB says cockpit recorders might have helped shed better light on exactly what happened in the accident in which former U.S.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
There are times when the risk of not stopping should stop you from going
Not too long ago, I was looking forward to an hour or so of poking holes in the sky in a Piper Cherokee 180.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Accepting A Bad Situation
It’s better to accept a poor outcome than to create a disastrous one
While a pilot needs to evaluate the consequences of making any decision, he or she needs to know that revising a decision is likely to make a bad situation even worse.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Getting A Few Winks
There was an outcry after a controller fell asleep, but concerns about tired controllers aren’t new
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt led the outcry of indignation when news broke that the lone controller on the overnight shift at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington had fallen asleep
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
How Tight Is Tight?
Even if you’re really thorough, you can’t always tell during preflight whether something is coming apart
Prominent on its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements for 2011 is an assessment by the NTSB that the FAA needs to speed up improvements to procedures and equipment in order to help eliminate runway incursions.