New interactive map plots fuel accidents

February 13, 2009

ASF interactive fuel accident mapFuel-management accidents are among the most preventable types of general aviation mishaps, and yet pilots still manage to turn perfectly good airplanes into impromptu gliders at a rate of nearly two per week.

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage sound decision making, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation has launched a new interactive resource—a fully scalable Google-based map that plots the location of accidents caused by improper fuel management.

Pilots can roll over the map’s plot points to see accident details, and a link provides additional information from the Air Safety Foundation Accident Database. Drop-down menus allow users to tailor details such as time frame or aircraft type. The map also provides a link to the foundation’s fuel-awareness resources.

Learn more in AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg’s blog.