January 2016 Issue

Weather Accident Types and Trends

Weather-related accidents have always been a big issue for general aviation. Their number has not been declining appreciably, as demonstrated by the graph at right, adapted from the most-recent AOPA Air Safety Institute’s 24th Joseph T. Nall Report, which discusses general aviation accidents in 2012. During the eight-year period from 2005-2012, the number of fatal weather-related accidents ranged from 36 to 47, with an average of about 40 per year. Given that overall general aviation flying…

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