The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons that have been learned from the NTSB's investigations of accidents involving experimental amateur-built aircraft.
With more than 33,000 E-AB aircraft in the U.S. alone, this segment of general aviation has grown rapidly in recent years. While representing nearly 10 percent of the GA fleet, E-AB aircraft are involved in about 15 percent of the total - and over 20 percent of the fatal - U.S. general aviation accidents.
This seminar will provide attendees a unique opportunity to hear about some of the E-AB accidents that the NTSB has investigated, as well as the recommended safety efforts to reduce the E-AB accident rate.
For this seminar, the NTSB has partnered with other organizations also committed to enhancing GA safety - the Experimental Aircraft Association, 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 an E-AB incident or accident.
NTSB Board Member Earl Weener will be a featured presenter, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Member Weener and NTSB staff.
Pilots participating in the FAA's WINGS program will receive credit for attendance.
The safety seminar will be held on Saturday, August 24, 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.
This is an educational seminar for pilots, mechanics and other members of the GA community, not a news media event.
Those interested in attending the seminar can register online.
General aviation has been on the NTSB's Most Wanted List since 2011.
In May 2012, the NTSB issued a report on E-AB safety detailing the types of accidents most frequently associated with flight operations involving these aircraft.
GA Video Safety Alerts (3-5 minute messages featuring NTSB investigators).