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AOPA Air Safety Institute Releases 26th Nall Report
August 31, 2017 - The AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI) released its annual report on general aviation accidents last week. The Joseph T. Nall report is a comprehensive review of general aviation accidents, both fatal and nonfatal as well as commercial and noncommercial. The report reviews data from three years prior to its release, this year covering 2014. Along with the Nall Report, ASI released its GA Accident Scorecard to summarize accident data up to 2016. Both reports show an overall decreasing trend in the total accident rate, but some stagnation in the fatal accident rate. This relates to EAA data, which shows that the experimental amateur-built accident rate has decreased significantly since the 1990s, but increased flying activity and popularity of homebuilt aircraft may be leading to a slow-down in the trend.
AOPA ASI provides invaluable safety and educational resources to pilots with the goal of reducing the fatal GA accident rate. Additionally, EAA’s activities — including STCs to bring low-cost, safety-enhancing equipment to the cockpit of type-certificated aircraft, the EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize, and the organization’s leadership of the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee — are moving forward with the goal of finding unique solutions to GA’s toughest safety challenges.