April 21, 2011
By 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.
New Zealand helicopter company Composite Helicopters is moving from kit to certified carbon fiber rotorcraft.
More than 500 members of the Montana aviation community turned out to “fly the Big Sky” by attending the thirty-first annual Montana Aviation Conference.
An ice runway that has become a New England destination tradition continues: 2,600 feet of Alton Bay have been scraped clean by dedicated volunteers.
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