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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

General Aviation Safety Makes NTSB’s 2013 Top Ten Most Wanted List

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its 2013 most wanted list of transportation challenges, with general aviation safety making the top ten.

The fatal accident rate increased by 25 percent over the last decade, with more than 400 pilots and passengers killed annually in general aviation accidents, NTSB said. Although the general aviation accident rate has remained relatively steady at about 6.8 per 100,000 flight hours, general aviation has the highest aviation accident rate within civil aviation operations.

NTSB said it investigates about 1,500 general aviation accidents per year, many of which are caused by human error. The board recommends a mechanism for identifying “at-risk pilots” more adequate training and education for general aviation pilots and aircraft maintenance workers to improve safety.

“We're releasing the list now so it is available to policymakers at the state and federal levels as well as industry groups as they craft their priorities for 2013," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman."We want to highlight the results of our investigations and ensure that safety has a seat at the table when decisions are made." 

General aviation safety was also included on NTSB's top ten most wanted list for 2012. 

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