The NTSB’s 2017-18 “Most Wanted” safety improvements list features 10 transportation-related priorities, including several that align with key risks identified by NBAA and other general aviation stakeholders.
The list includes one item – loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) – dedicated specifically to general aviation. LOC-I is both on NBAA’s list of Top Safety Focus Areas, and a top priority for the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GA-JSC), which NBAA participates in as an industry member.
According to the NTSB, roughly half of all GA accidents are caused by LOC-I. “To prevent unintended departures from flight and better manage stalls, pilots need more training and a better awareness of the technologies that can help prevent these tragedies,” the board noted.
Doug Carr, NBAA Vice President of Regulatory and International Affairs, noted the GA-JSC’s work on this issue has resulted in, “real product enhancements, such as angle-of-attack indicators, providing lower cost safety enhancing equipment to operators. We believe the GA-JSC’s efforts are providing measurable benefits to the general aviation community.”
Reducing fatigue-related accidents, requiring medical fitness for duty and ending substance impairment in transportation are also on the NTSB list, as well as concerns shared by NBAA’s Safety Committee.