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EAA to Participate in NTSB Loss of Control Forum
September 24, 2015 - Next month, Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety, will be travelling to Washington, D.C., to participate in the NTSB forum “Humans and Hardware: Preventing Loss of Control in General Aviation.”
In-flight loss of control continues to be the leading factor in general aviation accidents. The purpose of the forum is to “focus attention, raise awareness, and encourage dialogue” among government and industry leaders in general aviation.
The timing and theme of the forum allow EAA to showcase its latest work in general aviation safety. Announced at AirVenture, the EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize will place EAA on the forefront of fostering tangible and measureable solutions for loss of control within the experimental amateur-built community. The Founder’s Innovation Prize will allow EAA members to compete for a cash prize based on their ideas for low-cost safety enhancements to reduce loss of control accidents.
In addition to the Founder’s Innovation Prize, EAA will be sharing its Amateur-Built Safety Pledge with the attendees of the forum. The safety pledge allows EAA members to hold themselves accountable for putting safety above all else when building and flying their aircraft. Part of the safety pledge calls for members to give serious consideration to installing angle of attack indicators or other devices to improve their situational awareness and to learn how to use the devices properly.
EAA is excited about the opportunity to demonstrate how it is making real contributions to its members and general aviation as a whole regarding loss of control accidents. Members are encouraged to get involved in reducing loss of control accidents by participating in the Founder’s Innovation Prize as well as taking the Amateur-Built Safety Pledge.