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Student pilot who hit SUV earns his ticket

Article | Feb 21, 2013

In early November 2012, then-student pilot Will Davis's first solo cross-country went viral around the world after his wife’s video showed him clipping an SUV as he landed at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas.

NTSB chair praises AOPA, ALEA safety efforts

Article | Feb 05, 2013

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said AOPA and the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission went above and beyond in response to agency recommendations that followed accidents.

'Think twice; no shortcuts'

Article | Jan 24, 2013

The recent solo of a student marked a happy milestone for CFI Matt Cole, who sustained serious burns in an aircraft accident in 2001, defied some experts' expectations about his prospects, and returned to aviation.

Industry analysts offer predictions for 2013

Article | Dec 27, 2012

The general aviation industry saw its highs and lows in 2012, including the defeat of user fees (again), the third class medical petition, a slow recovery for aircraft sales, and new products. Industry analysts weighed in on what they thought would be the big issues facing GA in 2013.

Database helps experimental-aircraft pilots find instructors

Article | Dec 11, 2012

The Experimental Aircraft Association wants to help pilots of experimental amateur-built aircraft contact flight instructors who can provide them with additional safety training.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Not so easy

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

This accident indicates how multiple factors can conspire to create a tragedy, but the good news is that it only takes one preventive action to break the accident chain.

NTSB releases ‘Most Wanted’ list for 2013

Article | Nov 14, 2012

Improving general aviation safety remains among the top 10 'Most Wanted' priorities for 2013, a list released Nov. 14 by the NTSB.

Airlines, FAA share safety data with NTSB

Article | Nov 13, 2012

Airlines and the FAA are sharing summarized safety data with the NTSB, in hope of identifying and preventing recurring issues.

NTSB issues flight test safety recommendations

Article | Oct 25, 2012

In an effort to help prevent future accidents such as the 2011 Gulfstream G650 fatal crash, the NTSB is recommending the company commission an audit by independent experts to assess test program safety and distribute the lessons learned from implementing a flight test safety program.

Final rule hones NTSB role in enforcement appeals

Advocacy | Oct 23, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board has published a final rule amending its Rules of Practice in Air Safety Proceedings - the cases in which it considers appeals of FAA enforcement actions against pilots.

IFR Fix: 'Do not mistake'

IFR Fix | Oct 15, 2012

Nothing beats touching down on a long runway that appears dead ahead at the end of a close instrument approach ... unless it's the wrong airport.

NTSB faults Gulfstream for G650 test crash

Article | Oct 10, 2012

The test flight crew got no warning of the impending stall before control was lost and four people died in the April 2, 2011, crash of a Gulfstream G650 during certification testing in Roswell, N.M., according to NTSB investigators.

New Nall Report sheds light on 2010 accident data

Article | Oct 05, 2012

By FAA estimates, in 2010 flight activity in all four segments of general aviation increased from 2009 levels, according to the report, while GA accident rates in 2010 showed little change from recent years.

Family's legacy: Training, education center opens in Kansas

Article | Sep 11, 2012

The Spencer Flight and Education Center, created in response to a tragic aircraft accident in 2011, opens Sept. 14 with a focus on making pilots safer.

Canada releases details in NTSB-FAA employee midair probe

Article | Aug 29, 2012

A controller in the process of radar identifying a Piper Cherokee received a collision alert alarm just before the aircraft collided with a Beechcraft Bonanza May 28, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said Aug. 22.

Reno crash traced to failed screws, untested modifications

Article | Aug 27, 2012

Pilot Jimmy Leeward pushed his highly modified P-51 "Galloping Ghost" faster than it had ever flown before during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., when untested modifications combined with weakened fasteners and high speed caused the elevator trim system to fail, in turn causing a loss of control and crash that claimed the lives of Leeward and 10 spectators.

NTSB: Reno crash pilot subjected to 17.3 Gs during upset

Article | Aug 22, 2012

A detailed analysis of a spectator's video of the Galloping Ghost concluded that pilot Jimmy Leeward, one of 11 people killed in the 2011 crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., was subjected to 17.3 Gs in less than a second following a 23-degree roll upset just before the P-51 smashed into the box seats.

Obama signs Pilot's Bill of Rights

Advocacy | Aug 03, 2012

AOPA commends President Barack Obama for signing into law the Pilot's Bill of Rights on Aug. 3. The legislation guarantees pilots under investigation by the FAA expanded protection against enforcement actions via access to investigative reports, air traffic control and flight service recordings, and it also requires the FAA to provide the evidence being used as the basis of enforcement at least 30 days in advance of action.

Pilot Counsel: Safety seats

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

In our continuing review of the flight rules that apply to general aviation pilots and owners, we last reviewed the rules of FAR 91.105 and 91.107 on the use of seatbelts and shoulder harnesses in October 2004. That's because the rules have essentially remained unchanged. Now, however, the FAA has issued what it calls a "clarifying" interpretation regarding the shared use of a single restraint, which purportedly changes prior interpretations, and is worth noting.

Contract towers provide safety, jobs

Advocacy | Jul 18, 2012

Congress should support one of the FAA's most effective public-private partnerships by fully funding the program that operates 250 contract control towers in 46 states, AOPA said in testimony before a House subcommittee.

High-tech search and rescue adds safety

Advocacy | Jul 18, 2012

From cellphones to personal locator beacons, emerging technology is giving pilots new ways to shorten the search and speed the rescue in the event of an accident or incident away from the airport, said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Melissa Rudinger at a National Transportation Safety Board forum in Washington, D.C.

Get real-world IMC advice at AirVenture

Article | Jul 18, 2012

The demands of flying in instrument meteorological conditions require instrument-rated pilots to maintain not only their currency but their proficiency as well. The IMC Club International will be hosting its IFR Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture for instrument-rated pilots of all levels.

Parts of the puzzle

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Unearthing the safety lessons at a Texas salvage yard