The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its accident statistics for 2012 and it shows little progress in the General Aviation sector. Sad to note that in most fatal GA accidents, all aboard perish.
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In response to these statistics and to help pilots address the most common accident causes, the NTSB has produced five general aviation safety alert videos that were released just a few weeks ago. These videos concentrate on risk management, loss of control at low altitude, inflight emergencies and maintenance, and flight into low visibility. We all know that these are mostly problems that we DO have control over, but often neglect re-currant training to keep fresh on the procedures. When is the last time you practiced engine out emergency landing procedures or approach to landing stalls? How about the in-flight engine fire procedure? Do you ever skip over checklists because you know them so well? Are you up to snuff on your flight by reference to instruments? What about maintenance? Do you make sure that the lower than usual oil pressure or a cylinder running hotter than normal gets looked into promptly? These videos are a good reminder of what we GA pilots should be up-to-snuff on and not just at bi-annual time….
Pilots: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety
Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude
Is Your Aircraft Talking To You? Listen!
Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance
Mechanics: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety