NTSB To Address Loss Of Control


Loss of control continues to be the leading cause of general aviation fatalities, and the NTSB is working to change that. On April 24, the board will host a meeting of experts to discuss the problem and explore solutions. The program, set for April 24 in Washington, D.C., will comprise three roundtable sessions on pilot training, cockpit technology and the next steps needed to address the challenges identified. The event is open to the public and also will be webcast live online, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Speakers will include airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff and Foreflight CEO Tyson Weihs, as well as staff from AOPA, EAA, Embry-Riddle, the FAA, the NTSB and more. The program will be moderated by NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt.

NBAA also recently cited loss of control as the top “safety focus area” on its 2018 list of the most critical safety-related risks facing operators of business aircraft. Other risks listed by NBAA were operations with a single pilot, distraction management, runway excursions, procedural compliance and more. “The identified focus areas represent the most critical safety-related risks facing business aircraft operators in 2018,” said David Ryan, chairman of NBAA’s Safety Committee. The committee aims to not only identify potential hazards, Ryan said, but also “to provide the business aviation community with the most effective mitigation tools and strategies.”