The general aviation community is working with the FAA to address important safety issues as part of the Fly Safe campaign. FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker officially kicked off the campaign at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on June 6.
The program focuses on preventing loss-of-control accidents, which the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has named among its top concerns for 2015 even as the overall GA accident rate continues to improve.
"AOPA's Air Safety Institute watches safety trends closely," said George Perry, senior vice president of the Air Safety Institute. "Year over year, loss of control continues to be a significant concern. It's great to see the FAA launch the Fly Safe campaign. We support any effort that helps educate pilots and improve safety."
The GA Joint Steering Committee, which includes the FAA, AOPA, and other representatives of the GA community, has studied the leading causes of loss-of-control accidents and developed recommendations for reducing the risk.
Each month on FAA.gov, a loss-of-control solution will be highlighted. The first month’s topic is angle of attack indicators, which can help alert pilots to a developing stall condition. AOPA has long supported regulatory changes to make it easier to install angle of attack indicators and other modern safety equipment in older aircraft.
Pilots are also encouraged to take the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s free online course Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins, and Safety, which addresses common issues leading to loss of control.