November 2000 Issue

A Better Mousetrap

NTSB hosts symposium to find answers to general aviationís problems

Put a dozen pilots in a room, and odds are youíll hear a series of shocking stories of derring do as well as a parade of tales about other peopleís mistakes. Put 200 in a room, and you might see something different.

The National Transportation Safety Board hosted a symposium in late September that brought together accident investigators, regulators, flight training experts, mechanics and manufacturers, among others, to discuss ways to make general aviation safer. The NTSB billed it as the first-ever General Aviation Accident Prevention Symposium. For several days, engineers, mechanics, human factors experts and flight training specialists examined a variety of common general aviation acci...

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