NTSB Most Wanted List for Transportation Safety Improvements

This week, NTSB announced its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List for Transportation Safety Improvements. NTSB has been issuing the Most Wanted List (MWL) of advocacy priorities since 1990. This list marks a new two-year cycle.

mwlLoss of Control in Flight in General Aviation appeared on the list for the fourth consecutive year. In remarking on the topic at the MWL press briefing, Member Weener highlighted the work of the GAJSC in impacting this issue. Loss of Control was the focus of the GAJSC’s first two working groups, resulting in the publication of two reports. More information about the GAJSC’s loss of control-related safety recommendations is available here.

Of the other nine priorities, NTSB identified seven as applicable to aviation, including:

GAJSC Presentation at NBAA-BACE

Last week, GAJSC Safety Analysis Team co-chair Corey Stephens (FAA) presented on the GAJSC at “FAA’s Meet the Regulators” session at NBAA-BACE in Orlando, Florida. The session featured a panel of FAA’s senior leadership discussing topics including FAA’s new compliance philosophy, the ADS-B equipage mandate, and safety data sharing.


GAJSC Fall Meeting

The GAJSC met this week (Oct. 12) in Washington, DC to review GA safety data, discuss the status of ongoing safety efforts, and deliberate on FAA/industry safety priorities. Among the updates the GAJSC received, FAA reported on the expansion of FAA Aviation Weather Cameras from Alaska to the lower 48 (see Safety Enhancement 12 – “Deploy cost-effective technologies that can provide real-time weather information (including actual conditions as viewed through a remote camera) at remote airports”).

At the meeting, NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart gave remarks on general aviation safety data. NTSB recently published 2015 aviation safety data, which indicates that the general aviation (Part 91) accident rate in 2015 was 1.09 fatal accidents per 100,000 hours, the lowest fatal accident rate on record. In 2015, the NTSB identified 229 fatal general aviation (Part 91) accidents and 7 fatal on-demand commercial (Part 135) accidents. Recently released FAA data suggests that general aviation flying was up approximately 3.7% in 2015 compared to the prior year. The NTSB’s press release, including a link to the 2015 statistical tables showing accidents, fatalities, and accident rates for major segments of U.S. civil aviation, is available here.