Air Safety Institute
A division of the AOPA Foundation
What would we do without charts? They're one of the most fundamental parts of flying-but they can also be challenging to interpret, difficult to read, and sometimes head-scratchingly confusing. Our new live seminar is meant to help you master them. We'll quiz you on everything from VFR sectionals to instrument approach plates, and dig into the practical issues that come with them.
On November 26, 2011, a Cirrus SR-20 plunged to the ground in suburban Chicago, killing its four occupants. What went wrong? Using audio of the pilot’s discussions with ATC and factual information from the NTSB report, we piece together the story of the flight and look at what may have motivated the pilot to continue past the point of no return. (Approx. 15 minutes).
You're passionate about flying. And maybe, you've toyed with the idea of using your flying skills to help out others. But, what does it take to become a volunteer pilot?
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Learn more in less time with ASI’s free, interactive online courses. Most courses provide a personalized completion certificate and qualify for AOPA Accident Forgiveness and the FAA WINGS program.
Fuel mismanagement is perhaps the most preventable kind of GA accident, but still claims an average of six aircraft every month. Take-offs and landings are part of every flight—but nearly half of all GA accidents occur while trying to get off the ground or back on it again. Almost 90% of all accidents caused by attempting VFR flight in instrument conditions are fatal, as are nearly half of those involving unintended stalls.
Find out where pilots are coming to grief and what happened to them on the ASI's interactive accidents maps—and keep checking back, because we'll be adding other types of accidents in the future.
An aviation wire-strike safety awareness video produced by Southern California Edison, Helicopter Association International, and AEGIS Insurance Services Inc., discusses the dangers of low-level flying and basic safety protocols pilots can employ in the "wires environment."
Hear true accounts of good flights gone bad as pilots tell their harrowing tales in hopes of helping the rest of us become better aviators. Each story runs approximately 5-10 minutes.
Safety Publications & Articles
Search the ASI Accident Database and learn from other’s mistakes. Find out more about GA safety issues with ASI’s in-depth analysis, including the Nall Report and Special Reports you won’t find anywhere else.
Get straightforward analysis—based on accident reports in the ASI Accident Database—of challenges to aviation safety.
Safety Advisor Downloads
Find need-to-know information and a wealth of practical advice in ASI’s Safety Advisors. A variety of topics are available, including airspace, weather, instrument operations, and GPS.
Safety Pilot Articles
For insight on issues affecting flight safety, view all of AOPA Foundation President, Bruce Landsberg’s columns from AOPA Pilot magazine, including "Landmark Accident" special editions.
Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics
ASI recertifies more flight instructors than any other course provider. Renew anytime in your four-month renewal period—online or in person—and keep your original expiration date.