September 2018 Issue

Making GA Safety Policy

Joint FAA-industry GA safety efforts borrow heavily from those for commercial operations, but itís still too soon to know how effective theyíve been.

Recent, similar efforts involving the FAA and the GA community are picking up in tempo. Youíve already seen some of the institutional changes: relaxed certification standards for installing advisory angle-of-attack indicators and the new rash of all-electronic attitude indicators, among others, which are designed to help minimize the classic loss-of-control inflight accident. These and other outcomes may be producing tangible results, but itís too early to be sure. Regardless, by using a data-driven approach and producing specific safety enhancements, these efforts are creating some useful outcomes for GA pilots. The way this came to be is an example of why you never want to see sausage made.

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