The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's just-released 2006 Joseph T. Nall Report shows a decline in the number of fatal weather-related accidents for 2005.
The foundation targeted weather- and thunderstorm-related accidents after a spike in the number of those accidents in 2004. The foundation rolled out an online course, Weather Wise: Thunderstorms and ATC, to educate pilots about these accidents.
While weather-related accidents decreased, the overall 2005 accident rate increased to 7.2 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, compared to 6.5 the year before.
The rate of fatal accidents also increased in 2005, from 1.3 to 1.4 per 100,000 flight hours.
"While the sky certainly isn't falling, the record that we chalked up in 2005 could stand some improvement," said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.
Because pilot education is the best way to help reduce the number of GA accidents, the foundation will be producing a new online course about maneuvering flight in 2007 to combat an increase in the number of fatal maneuvering flight accidents.
Check out the Air Safety Foundation's free online safety materials to refresh your piloting skills and knowledge bank.
December 18, 2006