January 25, 2013 - Last week, EAA participated in the third meeting of the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee's Second Loss of Control (LOC) Working Group.
The Working Group was created to investigate the factors involved in fatal GA accidents resulting from the pilot's loss of control of the aircraft during departure and en route phases of flight and propose intervention strategies to reduce the accident rate. It is a collaboration of the FAA, NTSB, industry groups, type clubs, and academia.
The First LOC Working Group similarly dealt with such accidents during approach and landing and finished its work in April 2012. This second iteration of the group began meeting this past September.
"Loss of control is by far the most common factor in fatal accidents," said EAA government advocacy specialist Tom Charpentier, who attended the January meeting. "We are confident that by the end of this process we will develop meaningful and diverse ways to help improve GA safety, from effective education on aeronautical decision-making to affordable access to safety-enhancing technology. Investigating these accidents is a sobering task, but it is also rewarding to know that our efforts will hopefully save lives."