As the pilot population grows older, it’s important to consider the potential impact on GA safety. How much does aging degrade our piloting performance? Does it affect some skills more than others? In this report, we look to 20 years’ worth of scientific research on older pilots for answers about the overall impact of age, and ways pilots can best minimize or delay any negative affects.
How safe is flight in today's general aviation America and where is it headed? According to the NTSB, 2004 was the safest year on record—but looking at a single year is not descriptive of the safety picture. Even a few years doesn't necessarily tell the full story. The Air Safety Foundation analyzed accidents from 1994 to 2003 to find out.
Pilots who believe that aerobatic training will enable a recovery from an inadvertent spin in the traffic pattern are fooling themselves. That myth—and other misconceptions about stalls and spins in GA aircraft—is explored in this Air Safety Foundation study. View search results for stall/spin accidents.
Your chance of having an accident while training for a pilot certificate or rating is less than having an accident in other types of GA flying, especially personal flights by already-certificated pilots, given the proportion of flying in each category. However, there are definitely some areas for improvement.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.