April 21, 2011
AOPA ePublishing staff
The number of general aviation accidents continued to decline in 2010, according to preliminary accident statistics released April 20 by the NTSB.
There were a total of 1,435 GA accidents in 2010; 267 were fatal, resulting in 450 fatalities, the NTSB reported. This represents a decrease in total accidents, as well as fatal accidents and fatalities. The NTSB reported a slight increase in GA flight hours and a decrease in accidents per 100,000 hours.
While flight hours of charter, air taxi, air tour, and air medical operations increased in 2010, the total number of accidents of on-demand operators decreased from 47 in 2009 to 31, the NTSB said. Fatal accidents in that category increased from two to six, however; the number of fatalities for both years was 17, according to the NTSB. The year had no fatal scheduled airline accidents.
The widespread presence of angle-of-attack indicators in general aviation aircraft could reduce fatal loss-of-control accidents caused by inadvertent stalls, said the FAA.
Flight Design says production and testing of its four-seat C4 is on target despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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