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.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Blocked Pitot Tubes
When accessible, pitot tubes and static ports should be checked in every preflight
The crash of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, during a flight from Brazil to Paris focused attention on pitot tubes, although many people had never heard of them before.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Knowing When To Cancel
Don’t fly with a known equipment deficiency
The other evening, I got a call from a friend who operates a Piper Navajo for his business. He filled me in on what had happened with a flight from his home airport in the Northeast to Miami, Fla.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Fixing Flutter Is Nothing New
Investigating violent oscillations that led to structural failure
In April, the NTSB advised the FAA to ground all Zodiac CH 601XL S-LSA and E-LSA until the FAA determines they have adequate protection from aerodynamic flutter, which occurs when airplane structures vibrate back and forth in increasingly violent oscillations, eventually reaching a point where the structure breaks apart.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Pilot Decides
Controllers offer assistance, but it’s the pilot’s responsibility to manage the flight
Each year, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the union representing FAA controllers, honors members who’ve helped save pilots from dangerous situations that might have resulted in accidents.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Should You Reset A Circuit Breaker?
Revisiting and revising old ways of doing things
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
More Than Monitoring
Glass cockpits ease workload, but pilots shouldn’t forget to maintain their flying proficiency
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
US Airways Flight 1549 is reminiscent of other successful ditchings
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The quantity and quality of information have improved, but icing is ever a deadly foe
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Parachute Jump Operations
The risks go beyond just jumping out of an airplane
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Take weather briefings seriously