Poll: Should The FAA And NTSB Do More About High-Profile Flightseeing Accidents?


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  1. This is a very confusing Poll… What is being discussed?

    All “High-Profile Accidents” are just that “High-Profile”. The media will create drama stories when their is name recognition just for more views of their website. If a celebrity trips on the sidewalk, wrecks their $100K sports car or lands on a taxi-way it’s all “High-Profile”. Should Pilots just quit flying people around if they are famous? What makes a “Flightseeing” accident worst then a “Charter” or “Scheduled” accident?

    • Trends would be one factor to define a “High Profile” mishap. There was a midair collision yesterday (09/17/22) near Denver, and that tragedy followed two recent fatal events at North Las Vegas and Watsonville, CA. The media will make these out to be “High Profile” stories in the tradition of their news priorities: If it bleeds, it leads.

  2. Pilots that come up from the lower 48 to Alaska need better training and limits imposed as they transition in to bush aircraft. An Otter or Beaver may seem like a high powered aircraft compared to a 172 but fill it full of people and gear and it becomes very limited in how it performs. Add in weather and fatigue and safety is jeopardized.

  3. Are these not Part 135 flights for hire? If so, the pilots are supposed to be trained and tested for VFR or IFR flights–their aircraft inspected to a higher standard, and flight and duty time restricted.

    What other restrictions would anybody put on them? Would those additional restrictions WORK?

    Or would you be better off enforcing the restrictions already in place, before piling on more?

    Compare Part 135, with its much more restrictive regulation–with Business aircraft operated under the same Part 91 that most pilots enjoy. They fly the same type of aircraft, but the Part 91 business aircraft has a much better accident record than the same type of aircraft used in Part 135–putting the lie to “More regulation makes flying safer.”

  4. I don’t see the pilots being the most common cause. Yes, there are those who proceed in weather beyond their ability, but it seems structural issues always end up with a total loss of lives and aircraft.
    The inspection and maintenance procedures should be forefront immediately.