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EAA Co-Chairs Working Group Studying GA Fatal Accidents

June 2, 2011 — The FAA and Industry Safety Analysis Team (SAT) has established its first official working group to do a “deep dive” analysis of GA accidents over the last 10 years, specifically those termed “loss of control” fatal accidents occurring during the approach and landing phase. The hope is to provide some commonalities from which mitigation strategies can be developed to improve safety and avert future accidents. David Oord, EAA government and advocacy specialist, was selected to co-chair the working group during a meeting of the SAT last week in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The working group will analyze fatal accidents in reciprocating non-homebuilt, turbine (both jet and prop), and experimental amateur-built aircraft. (The group will ensure aircraft are properly categorized regarding experimental amateur-builts.)

The working group will follow proven effective processes developed through the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) Joint Safety Analysis Team (JSAT). A representative sample from each category will be studied using methodology developed by SAT members from the University of North Dakota and Embry-Riddle.

“By focusing our limited government and industry resources on data-driven risks and solutions, I’m confident the working group will develop effective mitigation strategies based on common problems found through our analysis,” Oord commented. “I look forward to beginning the work.”

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