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Always Make Safety Your No. 1 Priority

Accident dashboard

July 14, 2011 – After a good start to the year as far as safety is concerned, the summer flying season has brought an increase to accidents and fatal accidents by Experimental Category aircraft that serves as a warning to everyone to keep safety on top of your checklists.

EAA has established a scorecard that easily tracks amateur-built aircraft and all Experimental category accidents and compares them to the not-to-exceed goal set by FAA to reduce GA accidents.

“Although the year’s total fatal accident figure remains lower than FAA’s not-to-exceed level, recent months have brought more accidents that have countered the extremely good news we saw earlier in 2011,” said David Oord of EAA’s government programs staff, who compiles the monthly scorecard that is shared with FAA.

“As we approach AirVenture amidst the heart of the summer flying season, it’s a good time to remember that safety is the most essential element in flying. Make sure your aircraft and your piloting skills are ready to take advantage of the good flying weather throughout most of the country.”

FAA and NTSB have each indicated that improving the GA safety rate is a point of emphasis for the coming months. EAA is urging more use of its Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor programs to improve the accident figures, which have been successful in raising safety awareness.

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