April 17, 2014 - To complement a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board, “The Safety of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft,” EAA is conducting a new survey regarding first flight preparations and Phase I flight tests.
Its two-fold purpose is to (1) collect data on actions that E-AB owners take prior to flight testing their aircraft and (2) determine the types of problems that E-AB aircraft experience during Phase I flight tests.
If you have built an experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft at any time (even 50 years ago), we encourage you to take the survey.
The survey will examine problems that builders have encountered during testing that could have had an impact on safety, whether or not an incident or accident occurred. We will use the survey to determine trends in pre-flight test actions and problems typically encountered during testing to determine potential areas for improvement, such as pilot training, construction techniques, inspection procedures, or flight test techniques.
The survey will be open until April 30, 2014, and we expect to report results this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.