AOPA Report Shows Rise In GA Accidents
AOPA this week released its annual review of aviation safety, the Nall Report, and this year's edition shows the overall 2005 accident rate increased to 7.2 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, compared with 6.5 the year before. The rate of fatal accidents also increased, from 1.3 to 1.4 per 100,000 flight hours. "While the sky certainly isn't falling, the record that we chalked up in 2005 could stand some improvement," said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. The number of fatal accidents related to weather declined, but the number due to maneuvering flight rose. In response, the ASF will produce a new online course to help improve those pilot skills. The ASF's Web site already features online courses about weather, GPS, runway safety and more, which are all available at no charge. The complete text of the Nall Report also is available free online.