FAA Safety Briefing March/April 2016: Your Guide to Preventing Loss of Control

FlySafeThe March/April 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, Your Guide to Preventing Loss of Control, is now available online. This issue features articles on loss of control — or “unintended departure from controlled flight” — a key focus of the GAJSC and the subject of two work group reports.

Articles in Your Guide to Preventing Loss of Control are intended to help pilots better identify the warning signs of loss of control, as well as fine tune their mitigation strategies and recovery techniques.GAJSC

The issue also contains an article on the GAJSC describing the history of the committee and it’s work to-date (see page 13).

Previous issues of FAA Safety Briefing and GA Safety Enhancement (SE) Topic Fact Sheets are available online here.

First GAJSC Meeting of 2016

The GAJSC met on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. Currently, the committee is evaluating previous work and looking ahead to future projects. The GAJSC reviewed fatal accident data for the previous year. The committee also discussed the status of ongoing work under its Safety Enhancements and received an FAA briefing on the agency’s new compliance philosophy.

The GAJSC will meet again in late March. The date and location will be added to the Meetings page once confirmed.

GAJSC SAT End of the Year Meeting

The GAJSC SAT met telephonically on December 1, 2015 to discuss this year’s activities and the 2016 work schedule. The team also reviewed GA Safety Performance Data: For FY2015, a fatal accident rate below the target rate was achieved. The GAJSC’s goal is to reduce the general aviation accident rate to one fatal accident per 100,000 hours flown by FY2018.

The GAJSC will meet the first week of January in 2016. Future meeting dates and locations will be posted at http://www.gajsc.org/meeting-list/.

GAJSC Approves Safety Enhancements for Power Plant Accidents

On October 15, 2015, the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) approved Safety Enhancements (SE) proposed by the System Component Failure – Power Plant (SCF-PP) work group.

SE topics include improved training and education for pilots and mechanics, enhanced data sharing, and use of new technology to help mitigate the risk of power plant accidents. The power plant SEs and associated analytic report will be published on the GAJSC website by the end of 2015.

The GAJSC chartered the SCF-PP work group in 2013 to review fatal GA accidents between 2001 and 2012 that involved a power plant failure. The SCF-PP work group is the third deep-dive into fatal general aviation accidents conducted by the GAJSC since the committee’s revitalization in 2011. The first two analyses looked at loss-of-control accidents.

GAJSC Nominated for Robert J. Collier Award

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) was honored to be nominated to receive the Robert J. Collier Trophy – 2014 “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics… in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air… vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”

The award is given annually by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). GAJSC was nominated “[f]or developing and implementing novel solutions to mitigate risks contributing to fatal general aviation accidents and leading the effort to proactively improve general aviation safety.”

For additional details about the Collier Trophy and 2014 nominees can be found here.