News Briefs and Press Releases

GAJSC Summer Meeting

The GAJSC held its summer meeting on June 23 at NBAA headquarters in Washington, DC. The meeting focused on the FAA Small Airplane Directorate’s road map for future safety technology and the GAJSC’s soon-to-be-released System Component Failure – Powerplant (SCF-PP) Report. The FAA is interested in taking steps to facilitate technology for new engines, including the introduction of electronic ignition systems for piston engines. The agency is planning specific outreach to the community on technology opportunities, and is also looking to stand up work to review a set of incidents tied to V-band clamp failures.

A recently released Fly Safe on the prevention of loss of control accidents discusses engine failures resulting from inadequate maintenance, and includes several important safety recommendations. Read more about preventing loss of control and proper maintenance at here. Also check out the May/June 2015 FAA Safety Briefing “Check Engine!” to learn more about engine data management systems.

FAA Safety Briefing May/June 2016: New Technologies for Pilots, Planes, and ’Ports

FAA Safety Briefing May June 2016The May/June 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, New Technologies for Pilots, Planes, and ’Ports, is now available online. This issue features articles on the role technology plays in general aviation safety and what the FAA is doing to prepare for the future and make technology more useful. It also discusses some of the pitfalls of technology — including the ability to distract and disrupt decision-making skills.

In addition to technology-related Safety Enhancements in the GAJSC’s Loss of Control Work Group reports, look for new technology-related recommendations in the soon-to-be released System Component Failure — Powerplant report.

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

GAJSC Meeting and GA Safety Summit

The GAJSC met on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Washington DC. The committee discussed ongoing work and received updates including briefings on NTSB’s work on PIREPs, FAA’s work regarding airport cameras, research into angle of attack indicators (AOAs), NATA’s misfueling program, and FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). The GAJSC also approved a revised Charter for the organization, available here. The GAJSC will meet again in Washington, DC in June.

On March 31, 2016, government and industry leaders participating in a GA Safety Summit at FAA headquarters. After the summit, FAA Deputy Administrator Whitaker released the following statement, “FAA and GA Community Are Making the Skies Safer”:

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The GA Survey Is Underway!

The 38th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey for reporting on CY 2015 is underway! The GA Survey is an important source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. This information is used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents. It also helps to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety.

Persons invited to participate in this year’s survey will receive a postcard invitation. Invitees can complete the survey online or use the paper copy of the survey that will be mailed to them along with a postage-prepaid return envelop. Invitees are asked to complete the survey even if they did not fly in 2015, sold their aircraft, or their aircraft was damaged.

Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, conducts the survey on behalf of the FAA. Survey information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal individual participants. Persons can contact Tetra Tech with questions at 1-800-826-1797 or infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com.

Previous years’ survey results can be found at http://www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation_data_statistics/general_aviation/.

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/.