December 10, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
A midair on Dec. 6 over the Florida Everglades involved a Cessna 172 and Piper PA-44 Seminole on training flights. The student and instructor in each aircraft were killed.
The accident occurred in visual meteorological conditions in a common training area. The NTSB has not yet issued its preliminary report on the accident.
“Although midair collisions are extremely rare, the high-traffic airspace in this area requires all pilots to exercise extreme vigilance,” said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.
The foundation’s 2007 Joseph T. Nall Report, which examines accident trends and factors from 2006, states that six midair collisions occurred during the year, down from 10 in 2005. Of the six collisions, four were fatal, killing a total of nine people. Most midairs occur during day VFR conditions, according to the report.
Instructional flying comprises 13.3 percent of all GA accidents and 7.7 percent of fatal accidents. In 2006, 18 of the 144 flight training accidents were fatal. Instructional accidents improved 12.7 percent over 2005, which totaled 165 accidents.
In the wake of the midair, AOPA explained these safety statistics to reporters covering the accident.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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