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 7, 2010
Whether it’s a new or used airplane, don’t rush when doing your prebuy inspection
You might think that FAA airworthiness, inspection and record-keeping requirements virtually guarantee that any airplane you buy is going to be in superb condition.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Great Places Not To Have An Accident
Don’t spend so much time looking at scenery that you neglect to look at flight necessities
One of the truly wondrous things about general aviation is the ease with which you can reach vacation sites that would be a hassle via road, ferry or airline transportation.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The Light-Sport Safety Record
Tracking 2009 incidents
While the NTSB’s preliminary statistics show that the number of general aviation accidents dropped again last year, as did the number of people killed, the estimated number of hours flown also dropped, resulting in a slight increase in both the overall and fatal accident rates.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monitoring What’s Going On
Managing pilot workload
Individuals who have passed their FAA written exams and practical tests don’t necessarily have the knowledge and skills to become trustworthy pilots.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Analyzing Pilot Performance
The NTSB’s findings on the Colgan Air crash
NTSB investigators were able to assemble plenty of data to reconstruct what happened on board the Colgan Air Bombardier DHC-8-400 that crashed at Clarence Center, N.Y., on February 12, 2009.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Recognizing You’re In Trouble
Fatigue can cause pilots to fall behind
One of the most important skills for pilots to possess is the ability to recognize when they’re falling behind in an unfolding scenario. Frequently, pilots who fall too far behind experience accidents and are immortalized in NTSB accident reports.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Safety’s Ideal World
Unfortunately, we don’t always learn from example
In an ideal world, once the probable cause of an accident is identified, there never will be an accident like it again.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Getting Ready For NextGen
The controllers are as crucial as the automation
Recently, NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman issued a warning that those in the government and aviation industry who are enamored of the planned Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) should get their heads out of the clouds and realize that the people who will have to use the system—i.e., the air traffic controllers—are as important to safety as the automation itself.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It’s critical to ensuring a safe flight
If you were to make a list of the most fun and glamorous aspects of flying, I’d bet that inspecting an aircraft’s muffler wouldn’t be on it.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Don’t take for granted the importance of a good night’s rest
If the NTSB had its way, the FAA would be gauging whether or not you’re having sweet dreams and sleeping through the night cuddled up with your teddy bear.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Steve Fossett Accident
The NTSB’s findings on the famed aviator’s fatal crash
The NTSB says the probable cause of the 2007 crash of adventurer Steve Fossett was an inadvertent encounter with downdrafts above mountainous terrain that exceeded the climb capability of the Bellanca Super Decathlon he was flying. Downdrafts, high-density altitude and mountainous terrain were all contributing factors.
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