NTSB Holds Loss Of Control Roundtable

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The NTSB hosted a roundtable discussion to examine available solutions for preventing loss of control accidents in general aviation and to identify a path to improving GA safety on April 24. According to the board, accidents involving loss of control still account for more GA accident deaths than any other single factor. The focus of the roundtable was on VFR operations and fixed-wing GA aircraft.

The event was moderated by NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. In addition to members of the FAA and NTSB, participants included representatives from ForeFlight, AOPA, EAA, GAMA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and others. Topics discussed included ongoing pilot training, safety culture, new cockpit technology and overcoming barriers to eliminating loss of control accidents in general aviation. The event also included a special presentation of Remora Systems’ Remora 1 head-mounted display.

The complete roundtable discussion, which was held at the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center in Washington, D.C., is available for online viewing for the next three months in the NTSB’s Webcast Archives.

Comments (3)

If we continue to try to solve loss of control with technology over proficiency and training the technology will solve the problem by eating through any remaining flying budget...with no operating funds, the airplane and pilot will finally be rendered safe!

Posted by: Rich Romaine | April 26, 2018 2:06 PM    Report this comment

I am an airline Part 121 and GA kind of pilot that flies IFR the vast majority of the time.. I hang around and go in and out of a lot of different airports. Most of the time I noticed the general aviation type airports have little to no activity.. Most of the airplanes based at these airports are collecting dust.. For the few pilots that actually do fly, kudo's.. As for the majority of pilots, it's few and far between, lending to the opportunity of "loss of control"..

Rich is correct, attempting to trade off with technology, proficiency is out the window.. I'd like to know, after a pilot earns their license in the US, what is the average time spent flying on a annual basis..

"A good pilot is always learning".. Jason Schappert. A mediocre pilot is sitting about..

Posted by: Tom O'Toole | April 27, 2018 10:59 AM    Report this comment

I was underwhelmed by this roundtable. The NTSB reports that most LOC accidents happen in the pattern originating from a stall/spin scenario. If we have pilots out there who can't perform 3 coordinated turns in a row in the pattern, or aren't aware of an impending stall on departure or landing, the solution is not technology. It's pilot proficiency, and if that is a problem with the current training methods, then those methods need to change. And I really did not hear much about how to do that in this roundtable.

Posted by: John Strong | April 30, 2018 8:17 AM    Report this comment

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