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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.

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.

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.

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.

Fairness to pilots sought in FAA's enforcement process

Advocacy | Feb 16, 2012

AOPA is studying the National Transportation Safety Board's proposed changes to its rules for how it conducts reviews of FAA orders grounding a pilot or seeking to impose a fine.

FAA changes VFR code for gliders

Advocacy | Feb 15, 2012

AOPA is notifying glider pilots and other members that the FAA has changed the VFR transponder code for gliders, effective March 7. Use of the new code, 1202, is intended to help air traffic controllers differentiate gliders, with their unique maneuvering capabilities and limitations, from other VFR aircraft.

Micron’s Appleton lost in Boise crash

Article | Feb 03, 2012

Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton died in the crash of a Lancair airplane at the Boise, Idaho, airport Feb. 3, according to a report on the company website. He was 51.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights introduced in House

Advocacy | Jan 25, 2012

Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) have introduced a "Pilot's Bill of Rights" measure to give aviators more protection and access to information during FAA enforcement actions, urging their colleagues in a letter to co-sponsor its proposed reforms.

2011's fatalities draw air racing, airshow scrutiny

Article | Jan 11, 2012

Leave margins. Never direct aerobatic energy toward the crowd. Always have an out. Innumerable safety precautions keep performers and spectators safe at air races and airshows, but in 2011 something went wrong. The NTSB took a broad look at how to minimize risk and improve safety at the events in a hearing Jan. 10.

Fatal accident recalls airspace-design concerns

Advocacy | Dec 01, 2011

With a preliminary report expected soon on a Thanksgiving-eve accident that claimed six lives near Phoenix, Ariz., the National Transportation Safety Board planned to examine whether changes made to Phoenix's Class B airspace in 2007 - and challenged in court by AOPA as unsafe - contributed to the crash.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Owatonna overshoot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Runway excursions -- something other than a planned departure from the pavement during takeoff or landing -- are now a focus of safety officials. It seems there has been an increase in the number of accidents and incidents, especially in jet aircraft. Unfortunately, in light aircraft, we’ve been departing runways inappropriately, and with great regularity, all along. While many of these accidents result in little more than damaged egos and hardware, they have the potential to be deadly. Such was the case of a Raytheon Hawker HS125-800 business jet on a Part 135 charter to Owatonna, Minnesota.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

A son's memorial to his dad This is the second time this Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair aircraft has been restored. After serving on two aircraft carriers during the Korean War, the aircraft went to the Honduran Air Force.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

Some say that it was inevitable that a manufacturer of electronic flight displays would get sued over the in-flight distraction that a display might cause. We now have such a case.