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National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB Safety Seminar on Managing Weather Related Risks for VFR Flying

November 15

– The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons that have been learned from the NTSB's investigations of accidents involving weather related risks of flying under Visual Flight Rules.

Historically, about two-thirds of all general aviation accidents that occur in instrument meteorological conditions are fatal - a rate much higher than the overall fatality rate for GA accidents. Unfortunately, the circumstances for these accidents are often similar to accidents which have occurred before. This suggests a need for more awareness in the piloting community about the risks involved in VFR into IMC flight.

For this seminar, the NTSB has partnered with other organizations also committed to enhancing GA safety - the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Federal Aviation Administration - who will be participating in this event. Attendees will hear from representatives of these groups on what actions can be taken to reduce the risk of being involved in a VFR into IMC incident or accident.

NTSB Board Member Earl Weener will be a featured presenter, and attendees will have the opportunity to talk with Member Weener, NTSB investigative staff and other presenters.

This seminar is the third in a series of safety seminars focused on General Aviation accidents and designed for pilots, mechanics and other members of the GA community, not a news media event. Pilots participating in the FAA’s WINGS program will receive credit for attendance.

The safety seminar will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the NTSB Training Center, 45065 Riverside Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia 20147. The event is free and open to the public but is limited to 200 attendees; early registration is highly recommended. The doors will open at 8:30 am. A state or federal government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, is required for entry to the building.

Those interested in attending the seminar can register at: https://www.ntsb.gov/academyregistration/private/registernp.aspx?id=SAFETYSEMINAR-120713&MKey=87574

Related Information:

NTSB Safety Alert: Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance

NTSB Safety Study: Risk Factors Associated with Weather-Related General Aviation Accidents

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