General aviation accidents and fatalities both declined in 2010 for the fourth year in a row, AOPA said last week. Based on data from the National Transportation Safety Board, the total of 1,435 GA accidents was the lowest in 20 years. Fatalities for the year totaled 450, down from 478 in 2009. AOPA's Air Safety Institute is analyzing the data for its annual report. "Complacency remains the enemy of safety," said Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Foundation. "Most accidents result from causes that have plagued aviation for years. That story, unfortunately, is little changed."
At a symposium for flight instructors last summer, much time was spent discussing the fatal accident rate for GA and what the possible strategies might be to improve on it. AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli did his own analysis of the data and wrote about his conclusions in this post to the AVweb Insider blog.