NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB to Present Findings of Safety Study on Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft

May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a Board meeting on May 22, 2012, to consider the findings of a draft safety study on experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft.

Of the approximately 224,000 general aviation (GA) aircraft in the U.S., about 33,000 of them are classified as E-AB. This includes a wide variety of aircraft, which can be built from a prefabricated kit, existing plans, or a builder's unique design. Unfortunately, this group of aircraft has, for several years, experienced accident rates greater than those of other comparable segments of GA.

The NTSB, with the assistance and input from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and its many members, undertook the study to identify areas that could be addressed to improve the safety record of this growing and innovative segment of GA.

The meeting will be webcast live at bit.ly/fzFiOW

Event: Board Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 9:30 am (EST)

Location: NTSB Board Room and Conference Center
429 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC

Participants: NTSB Board Members

NTSB Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Peter Knudson



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.