CFIT Working Group Meeting

Recently, the GAJSC’s Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) Working Group met for the second time in Phoenix, AZ. The Working Group continued accident analyses toward the development of safety enhancements to mitigate CFIT accidents. According to the GAJSC pareto, CFIT accidents are the second leading cause of general aviation accidents. The team will meet again early next year to continue its efforts. To see safety enhancements that the GAJSC already has developed to mitigate loss of control in flight and system component failure powerplant accidents, please visit: http://www.gajsc.org/safety-enhancements/.

GAJSC Meeting and GA Safety Summit

The GAJSC met on October 23rd and 24th, 2017 in Washington, DC. Two of the three winners of EAA’s Founders of Innovation Prize – a team of high school students from Virginia – presented on their Remora technology. The Remora System provides a head-mounted display for aircraft airspeed and angle of attack data.

The GAJSC also reviewed general aviation safety performance data and safety metrics, as well as discussed the implementation of ongoing safety recommendations and the newly constituted CFIT working group.

In the afternoon on October 24th, GAMA hosted the annual General Aviation Safety Summit among government and industry executives. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta highlighted that the current general aviation fatal accident rate continues to decline below the target rate of one per 100,000 flight hours and praised industry for collaborative efforts making safety improvements in general aviation. Read the Administrator’s full remarks here.

GAJSC Kicks Off 2017

This week, the GAJSC met in Washington, DC. At the meeting, the NTSB provided a detailed overview of the new eADMS for the storage, retrieval, and management of information associated with its aviation accident/incident investigations. This new eADMS is an important educational resource that will be beneficial to the work of the GAJSC and other safety improvement efforts.

The GAJSC also discussed recommendations for the FAA regarding the post-2018 safety metric. (The FAA’s current goal for GA safety is to have no more than 1.00 fatal accidents per 100,000 hours of flight by the end of FY18.) The GAJSC will revisit this topic in early 2018 to provide additional information to the FAA. Additionally, the GAJSC discussed expanding work on SE-41 (survivability) to help inform ongoing efforts related to aircraft technologies and structures. Finally, the FAA briefed the GAJSC on the safety benefits enabled through the new Part 23 regulations, including small airplanes certified for icing, reducing the risk of loss of control, and improving survivability by leveraging lessons learned from other modes of transportation.

Yesterday, NTSB Member Earl F. Weener met with the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team to present on NTSB’s Most Wanted List, general aviation accident statistics, and the GAJSC’s work. The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team, an organization aimed at reducing the U.S. civil fatal helicopter accident rate, is adopting a process based on the work of the GAJSC and CAST to analyze U.S. civil fatal helicopter accidents and develop data-driven safety interventions. More information about the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team is available at http://www.ushst.org/.