AOPA Pilot Magazine - May 2021 - 72

" How do I persuade my
friends and family that
general aviation is safe? "

RICHARD MCSPADDEN

AOPA Air Safety Institute senior vice president

HELP THEM LOOK AT GA IN CONTEXT. The AOPA Air Safety
Institute's recent edition of the Joseph T. Nall Report noted a
continued decrease in overall accident rates. The overall accident rate in 2018 was 4.56 per 100,000 flight hours. The fatal
accident rate also decreased to 0.74 per 100,000 flight hours
in 2018.
We've cut our fatal accident rate in half over the past 25 years
and we keep improving. The reason? Our industry is highly regulated. Pilots must meet stringent guidelines to earn and maintain
a pilot certificate. These guidelines include requirements that
ensure pilots maintain minimum currency levels. Of course, these
are the minimums. You can help your friends and family appreciate your efforts above and beyond the minimums by sharing the
work you put into maintaining knowledge, seeking training, and
working to maintain high proficiency levels. We've also benefitted from substantial improvements in equipment, from engine
analysis tools to cockpit weather and electronic flight displays
that offer synthetic vision and a host of tools that help us prepare
and eliminate the unknown.
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You may also remind your friends and family that aviation
remains a fascination to many, which is why nearly every accident in aviation makes the news, making flying seem daunting.
In reality, we fly some 25 million flight hours a year in general
aviation. That's tens of millions of flights that occur safely, and
we never hear about those. Nor should we, as those are routine
and more representative of the safety performance in general
aviation.
Finally, let your friends and family be involved in your flight
planning and understanding your decisions. They'll take comfort in appreciating your skill and your deep awareness and
analysis of what seems to them like a complex and unknown
environment. One of the best places you can go for knowledge
and training is the AOPA Air Safety Institute website. There's
a reason our material is accessed more than 12 million times a
year. It's compelling, educational material to help you become
a safer pilot.
airsafetyinstitute.org


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