July 2016 Issue

As Safe As The Airlines?

Can Part 91 operations ever be as safe as the scheduled airlines? Yes; by adopting a few of their ideas, we also can get to zero fatal accidents.

Scheduled passenger airlines in the U.S. have achieved an incredible level of safety. Domestic passenger operations under FAR Part 121 have achieved an unheard-of record: a near-zero fatality rate since 2010. Most of us presume general aviation operations under Part 91 never can approach this level of safety without draconian over-regulation. And most of us may be correct. It was never about the regulations, of course.

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