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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

VFR in to IMC: Learn to escape the odds

Article | Apr 03, 2012

The Air Safety Institute put pilots' skills at VFR-into-IMC scenarios to the test through a Redbird full-motion simulator at the AOPA Tent during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The goal was to convey the seriousness of VFR flight into instrument conditions and reinforce basic skills - aviate, navigate, communicate.

Safety in numbers: Institute looks to build on success

Article | Jan 12, 2012

General aviation pilots are arming themselves with knowledge, and the Air Safety Institute marked another year of growth, exceeding 1.8 million contacts with safety products and courses in 2011.

CFIT Avoidance Strategies

Article | Oct 01, 1995

A disturbing trend is under way. Accident statistics show an increase in the number of crashes involving pilots who fly into the ground without any apparent awareness and with their airplanes fully functional.

Are 'Singles' Safer Than 'Twins'?

Article | Oct 01, 1973

Some few years after the Brothers Wright did their notable thing at Kitty Hawk, somebody took a notion to hang an extra engine on an airplane-the idea being, presumably, that, among other supposed advantages, if one engine should quit, the other would see you safely to the nearest airport or facsimile thereof. History may be a bit vague as to just who deserves credit for this notion, but time has done the idea itself proud.