Slightly fewer accidents despite a modest increase in flight time reduced the accident rate for non-commercial fixed-wing flights from 6.60 per 100,000 hours in 2009 to 6.30 in 2010, a decrease of almost 5 percent. The non-commercial helicopter accident rate dropped nearly 30 percent thanks to a 22 percent reduction in the number of accidents and a 7 percent increase in flight time. Both their total rate of 5.29 accidents per 100,000 hours and their fatal rate of 1.07 fell below the comparable fixed-wing rates for the first time. Accident rates on commercial flights, both rotorcraft and fixed-wing, remained almost unchanged. However, the safety record of amateur-built and experimental light sport aircraft improved dramatically, with one-third fewer fatal accidents and 20 fewer accidents of all kinds than the year before.
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