General Aviation Safety Alerts

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to consider five Safety Alerts aimed at reducing the number of general aviation accidents. A Safety Alert is a brief information sheet that pinpoints a particular safety issue and offers practical remedies to address the hazard.

Each year the NTSB investigates about 1500 GA accidents in which about 475 pilots and passengers are killed and hundreds more are seriously injured.

The safety issue areas under consideration at the Board meeting will include:

  • Reduced-visual-reference accidents, including controlled flight into terrain and uncontrolled descent to the ground due to spatial disorientation
  • Aerodynamic stalls at low altitude in daylight visual weather conditions
  • Pilot inattention to indications of mechanical problems
  • Risk management for aviation maintenance technicians
  • Risk management for pilots

General Aviation Safety has been on the NTSB's Most Wanted List since 2011: http://go.usa.gov/2Wu3

Event: Board Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 9:30 am EST

Location: NTSB Board Room and Conference Center
429 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594

Participants: NTSB Board Members


NTSB public events are also streamed live via webcast. Webcasts are archived for a period of three months from the time of the meeting. Webcast archives are generally available by the end of the event day for public Meetings, and by the end of the next day for Technical conferences.

An archive of the webcast is available for 90 days following the Board meeting at www.capitolconnection.net/capcon/ntsb/ntsb.htm. A DVD of the webcast may be requested through pubinq@ntsb.gov.

If you wish to obtain a copy of NTSB meetings, please contact the NTSB Records Management Division at (202) 314-6551 or 800-877-6799. You may also request this information from the NTSB web site or write the following: National Transportation Safety Board, Records Management Division (CIO-40), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW,Washington, DC 20594.