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Briefing January 2013 Issue

Briefing: January 2013

NTSB: General Aviation Safety Needs To Improve

For the second year in a row, the National Transportation Safety Board cited general aviation safety as one of its “10 Most Wanted” improvements. Too many pilots and passengers are “dying due to human error and inadequate training,” the NTSB said. The GA accident rate is six times higher than for Part 135 operations and the GA fatal accident rate has increased 25 percent over 10 years. The board said better training is needed for pilots and maintenance workers. AOPA said the industry has made progress, with fatalities down overall from 596 in 2001 to 444 in 2011.

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