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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

NTSB warns of in-cockpit weather delays

Article | Jun 25, 2012

How old is the information on your in-cockpit weather display? The picture you see may represent conditions up to 15 or 20 minutes older than the age indication in the cockpit, the NTSB warned pilots recently, and failing to account for the delay could have deadly consequences.

NTSB keen to improve GA safety, training

Article | Jun 21, 2012

Conventional wisdom holds that pilots who regularly participate in safety and refresher training are far less likely to make fatal mistakes. And while the Air Safety Institute and industry representatives shared successes of their safety programs at this week's NTSB GA Safety Forum, the challenge of getting nonparticipating pilots to take part continues to occupy the attention of AOPA and other industry representatives.

Safety Pilot: Landmark Accidents: Three strikes

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. In aviation, after a critical foul-up you might get another chance.

NTSB issues amateur-built aircraft safety recommendations

Article | May 23, 2012

Experimental amateur-built aircraft account for a disproportionate share of fatal crashes, many of those in the first hours of flight. On May 22, the NTSB issued a set of 16 recommendations to improve flight testing, pilot training, and clarify regulations pertaining to both.

Training, course changes planned for Reno races

Article | May 23, 2012

The 2012 National Championship Air Races will be flown above modified courses kept more distant from spectators in the wake of a crash that killed a pilot and 10 racing onlookers last year.

GA Caucus hits NPS air-tour regulation

Advocacy | May 22, 2012

Leaders of the House General Aviation Caucus in Congress are working to block a provision in the Highway Reauthorization bill that would give the National Park Service unprecedented regulatory authority over air tour operators overseen by the FAA.

Airshow rules: Safety first, show business second

Article | May 17, 2012

Low ceilings and a parade of passing showers doused the Great Tennessee Air Show, and many people stayed away May 13, likely assuming the show was off. Not so, though the team of aviation professionals had to work hard behind the scenes to make sure the show went on without compromising safety.

Flight hours up, accidents down in 2010

Article | May 16, 2012

The combination of increased flight activity and fewer accidents added up to lower noncommercial accident rates in both airplanes and helicopters in 2010, according to a preliminary report issued by the Air Safety Institute.

NTSB plans GA safety forum in June

Article | May 08, 2012

A two-day discussion of general aviation safety is planned June 19 and 20 at NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C. All five board members, and others to be announced, will participate in the forum.

NTSB: GA accident rate declines in 2011

Article | May 01, 2012

A slight increase in general aviation accidents coupled with a larger increase in hours flown (based on FAA projections) add up to a modest decline in the 2011 accident rate, according to NTSB data released April 27.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

A recent decision of the National Transportation Safety Board came across my desk that assessed a $5,000 fine against a pilot for failing to surrender his medical certificate to the FAA. The case illustrates one of the few circumstances in which the FAA can make such a demand without affording the pilot all of the legal protections I have written about in this column over the years.

NTSB urges changes for Reno aircraft, pilots, course

Article | Apr 10, 2012

Still seeking answers as to what caused an aircraft to lose control at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., Sept. 16, the NTSB shared details of its investigation with the public April 10 and offered recommendations to improve safety at this year's event.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Calm in chaos

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Overlooking basic things is the cause of many accidents. Fail to set a critical cockpit control for takeoff and takeoff doesn’t occur.

Contract control tower funding 'vital'

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2012

Contract control towers provide essential, cost-effective service to 249 airports in 46 states, justifying their full funding in the fiscal 2013 FAA appropriations bill, said AOPA President Craig Fuller and the chief executives of 11 other aviation organizations.

NTSB: Action needed on ECi cylinders

Article | Feb 28, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the FAA require repetitive inspection of some cylinder assemblies on Teledyne Continental Motors Model 520 and 540 engines not covered by existing airworthiness directives issued following engine failures.