By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
The new Type Club Coalition launched its web portal last week, with the goal to lower the accident rate for operators, owners, and builders of GA aircraft. The portal, hosted by EAA, is designed to make it easier for pilots to learn about known risks associated with their particular aircraft, whether it is a warbird, factory-built, or amateur-built design. "If the community can work together to eliminate the common mistakes of aircraft operation, type-specific or otherwise, the overall safety of GA will increase substantially," the group says at the website. The site will continue to develop, with a bigger presence planned to go online in the spring, EAA said.
The creation of the site is another step by EAA in addressing the NTSB's concerns about the safety record in the experimental aircraft community. "Many type clubs have already worked hard to create very effective training programs and best operating practices for their members," says the new website. "The TCC is a place where these organizations, as well as individual owners, can come together to further develop these resources." The site lists 19 current members of the coalition, including the Aircraft Kit Industry Association, EAA, Cessna Pilots Association, RV Flight Safety, and others representing both owners and manufacturers of various aircraft. Tom Turner, executive director of the American Bonanza Society Air Safety Foundation, has been named chairman of the TCC.