The NTSB Friday announced it will meet next week to consider issuing Safety Alerts to the general aviation community as an effort to help curb the number of accidents and fatalities associated with the segment. Safety Alerts are outlines that offer practical remedies for specific safety issues. There are five areas of concern that will be considered at a March 12 meeting. They include inattention to mechanical problems, risk management, stalls and controlled flight into terrain. The meeting will be available to pilots via live webcast.
The agency notes that GA accidents account for about 475 deaths and 1500 accident investigations each year. GA safety has been on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List since 2011. The agency will hold its meeting Tuesday, March 12, at 9:30 am at its Board Room and Conference Center. The address is 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, D.C. Particular to the Board’s concerns are accidents resulting from reduced visual references and uncontrolled descent to the ground due to spatial disorientation; aerodynamic stalls at low altitude during the day in good weather; pilot inattention to events indicative of mechanical problems; risk management for aviation maintenance professionals; and risk management for pilots. Find a link to the live webcast (available roughly 30 minutes before Tuesday’s 9:30 am meeting) here.