Wed, Jan 28, 2004
Study Spotlights Two Areas Of Concern
A just-published Air
Safety Foundation study on flight training safety has confirmed
that instructional flight is actually safer than most other types
of GA flying, especially personal aviation. But the study also
pinpointed two areas of flight training with higher fatality rates
than others: low-level maneuvering flight and failure to see and
avoid, leading to midair collisions.
The special ASF analysis showed that the rate of instructional
accidents continues to decline along with the overall accident
rate, and also that fatal accidents are a very small percentage of
the overall number of GA accidents.
But low-level maneuvering during training carries additional
risk, the study confirmed. One of every three fatal accidents
during dual instruction occurs during low-level maneuvering, a
third of those while practicing emergency procedures.
Another 16 percent of all instructional accidents were midair
"In the one case, instructors are inadvertently allowing a
simulated emergency to degenerate into a real one," said ASF
Executive Director Bruce Landsberg. "In the other, what should be
an asset — a second set of eyes in the cockpit — isn't
The full ASF instructional safety study is available online on
the ASF General Aviation Safety Database, listed under "Topic
Studies." A previous ASF special study on stalls and spins is also
available in the same section.
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