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FAA issues emergency Enstrom AD

Article | Feb 14, 2015

An FAA emergency airworthiness directive calls for inspections of certain Enstrom helicopter models after a main rotor separation killed two.

Cirrus accident highlights rotor wash risk

Article | Feb 04, 2015

A rare but potentially deadly convergence of a landing Cirrus and the wake of a departing helicopter in Colorado was caught on video.

GA safety improving as NTSB targets loss of control

Article | Jan 13, 2015

The NTSB on Jan. 13 named general aviation loss-of-control accidents to its Most Wanted list of safety concerns, even as GA accident rates have declined.

Be prepared

Article | Jan 08, 2015

As one family’s tragedy in the Kentucky woods on Jan. 2 captured worldwide attention, air safety experts renewed a call for pilots to be prepared.

NTSB: Inexperience a factor in 2012 crash

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Unfamiliarity with a newly purchased turboprop proved fatal for a Kansas family returning from a Bahamas vacation in 2012, the NTSB determined.

Safety device pioneers receive Nall award

Article | Nov 14, 2014

Randall Greene and the late Leonard Greene of Safe Flight Instrument Corp. have been awarded the sixth annual Joseph T. Nall Award.

SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight

Article | Oct 31, 2014

One Scaled Composites test pilot is dead and another injured after a “serious anomaly” and crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo during a test flight Oct. 31, the company confirmed.

Four dead in King Air crash in Wichita

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Four people died and six were injured Oct. 30 when a Beechcraft King Air B200 turboprop crashed into a pilot training center on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas.

Tragedy close to home

Article | Oct 24, 2014

A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community–including AOPA–in mourning.

NTSB rules on Dayton airshow accident

Article | Oct 16, 2014

Veteran airshow pilot Charlie Schwenker was flying slower to help wing walker Jane Wicker get into position on the modified Stearman’s bottom wing.

Safety

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Information on avoiding dangerous icing encounters.

22 years of retrospective

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

After more than 45,000 hours in the left seat of the AOPA Foundation, the Air Safety Institute (ASI), and its predecessor—the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF)—it’s time to move to the jump seat and let a new crew pick up the flight.

GA accident decline headlines NTSB statistics

Article | Sep 16, 2014

General aviation accident reductions in 2013 could be “a positive sign” about how pilots are approaching training, education, and proficiency.

Safety

Article | Sep 12, 2014

Two tragic accidents that occurred within a week of each other, involved pilot incapacitation at high altitudes.

Perry has new mission

Article | Sep 11, 2014

George Perry recognized the signs quickly: Hypoxia is something he spent 20 years training for as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and instructor.

Fly like a fighter: Inner voice

Fly like a fighter | Sep 08, 2014

An Air Force pilot offered the opportunity to fly a risky show with the Italian Frecce Tricolori air demonstration team had a choice to make: Fly with them in an airshow or go out with an Air Force nurse he had just met. Something inside told him to go with the nurse. During the airshow, the demonstration team suffered a midair collision.

TBM owner’s group chair crashes after becoming unresponsive

Article | Sep 05, 2014

TBM Owners and Pilots Association chairman Larry Glazer and his wife Jane were on board an airplane that crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot became unresponsive Sept. 5, the couple’s family confirmed to NBC News. The two are presumed dead.

Safety Pilot: Improving GA safety

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

It’s way too early to declare victory in the decades-long struggles to improve general aviation safety, but 2013 was very good in one segment: a drop in non-commercial fixed-wing fatal accidents.

Oil platform helo hazard

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Citing two accidents likely involving methane-induced power loss, the NTSB is urging regulators to protect offshore helicopter operators.

Pilot lost at sea

Article | Sep 02, 2014

Ronald Hutchinson was last heard from over Pennsylvania at about 13,000 feet, and may have succumbed to hypoxia.

Appleton crash factual report released

Article | Aug 14, 2014

The NTSB on Aug. 12 released a lengthy factual report on the February 2012 crash that killed Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton in Idaho.

Safety

Article | Aug 11, 2014

Weather-related accidents have a 75 percent fatality rate.

Fatal accident at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 31, 2014

The pilot of a custom-built Breezy died from his injuries after a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport on July 31, the Experimental Aircraft Association said.

'The human must be the boss'

Article | Jun 24, 2014

Approaching San Francisco International on a VFR day in a Boeing 777, the crew was "astonished" when automated systems did not respond as expected.

'I felt the hit'

Article | Jun 17, 2014

Many pilots fly entire careers without having to manage a life-threatening emergency. Shawn Kinmartin, 21, is not one of them.

Safety

Article | Jun 16, 2014

Thunderstorms cause relatively few accidents – on average, about five per year – but 75 percent of them are fatal.

Safety experts focus on control

Article | Apr 23, 2014

The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.

Safety

Article | Apr 23, 2014

According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.

Safety

Article | Feb 15, 2014

Studying aircraft accidents lets us learn from others’ mistakes.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted unadvised unaware

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The loss of a TBM 700 turboprop over New Jersey two years ago surprised many pilots. The Pratt & Whitney-powered single-engine turboprop is certificated for flight into known icing (FIKI).

Accident or incident? Don't be too quick to call the FAA

Members only | Oct 21, 2013

Many pilots are surprised to learn that there is no requirement to call the FAA following an accident or incident. The relevant reporting rules specify what needs to be reported to the NTSB, not the FAA.

Air Safety Institute offers downloadable presentations

Article | Oct 17, 2013

The Air Safety Institute has launched a new way to bring its free safety education content to anyone interested in sharing general aviation safety information at local community events.

NTSB notes slight decline in GA accident rate

Article | Aug 08, 2013

The general aviation accident rate declined slightly in 2012, based on preliminary data used by federal officials.

Fly Well: Playing the numbers

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Eight: Hours, bottle to throttle. Eighteen: Army recruitment age; constitutional amendment initiating prohibition. Twenty-one: Legal drinking age; constitutional amendment overturning prohibition. Summer is here, and barbecues and beer beckon, so let’s consider a substance capable of causing headaches—alcohol.

What you should know about purchasing AD&D coverage

Article | Jul 15, 2013

With AOPA Accidental Death & Dismemberment Protection Plan, you're protected anywhere, 24/7 coverage with aviation included.

Safety Pilot: Scare tactics

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Media and political reality today are designed to scare. Be afraid--be very afraid that something terrible will happen to you or someone you know. The motive is usually to sell something or to advance a position.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Perception is not reality

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Too many times we are told that "perception is reality." Perhaps it's true in politics or public relations--but in aviation, reality beats perception every time.

NTSB session seeks to better document accident investigations

Article | Apr 17, 2013

When the National Transportation Safety Board invited industry groups and government agencies to discuss areas the NTSB should better document in general aviation accident investigations, AOPA and the AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute responded with suggestions based on years of research and experience producing safety-focused training materials for pilots. After the April 3 NTSB “listening session,” AOPA President Craig Fuller called on NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P.

ASF - Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Mountain Flying Resources High-Altitude Mountain Flying Accident Report Alaska Mountain Passes Colorado Mountain Passes Suggested Western Mountain Routes Northern, West to East Midway, West to East Southern, West to East Northern, East to West Midway, East to West Southern, East to West High-Altitude Mountain Flying High-altitude mountain flying has always been one of the more dangerous activities GA aircraft undertake each year. On average, 17 people die annually in GA accidents in the mountains of Colorado alone.

NTSB, ‘frustrated’ and ‘disheartened,’ tries a new tactic

Article | Mar 13, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board hopes a new set of safety alerts and videos will leverage limited resources to stem the persistent toll of common mistakes that lead to general aviation accidents.

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.

Accident Case Study: In Too Deep

Article | Jan 14, 2013

If you or your flying club members think you’re immune to being a victim of VFR into IMC because you have an instrument rating, think again. In 2010, there were 29 VFR into IMC accidents involving general aviation aircraft, and 21 of those – or 72 percent – were fatal.