NTSB Presents Amateur-Built Aircraft Study Finding on Tuesday
May 21, 2012 - The results of an in-depth study of amateur-built aircraft by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) - and the NTSB's recommendation's from that study - will be officially announced Tuesday morning, May 22, during the agency staff's briefing to the entire NTSB board in Washington, D.C.
EAA assisted in the survey this year by urging the organization's members who own or fly amateur-built aircraft to participate. More than 5,000 homebuilt aircraft owners replied to the online survey, giving the NTSB a thorough database to build accurate measurements and informed recommendations.
"NTSB recognized that EAA is a valuable asset in maintaining and enhancing safety in the homebuilt community," EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower said. "We encourage all those who build aircraft or fly homebuilt airplanes to be aware of the survey's results and NTSB's recommendations that evolve from the findings."
Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations, will attend the NTSB briefing, which begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Interested aviators can also watch the briefing live via the NTSB website.
NTSB has used EAA as a resource on several occasions in the past year. In addition to its assistance for the homebuilt aircraft survey, Hightower testified before the full NTSB board in January 2012 regarding air show safety and operations. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman and board member Earl Weener also attended EAA AirVenture 2011 to talk with aviators at Oshkosh, a visit that led to Hersman scheduling a public "Meet the NTSB Chairman" session at AirVenture 2012.
EAA will update this story with additional coverage following Tuesday's briefing, including comments from Rod Hightower regarding the NTSB recommendations.