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US GA Acident Rates Fall

United States General Aviation accident rates dropped in 2015 amid a rise in flight hours, according to figures reported by the National Transportation Safety Board. There were 276 accidents reported for general aviation flights in 2015, with 376 fatalities. The accident totals for US GA added up to 1,209 GA accidents last year, 229 of those accidents involving fatalities, including three people on the ground. The US GA accident rate last year was 5.85 per 100,000 flight hours, with a rate of 1.09 for fatal accidents. That’s down from 6.23 accidents per 100,000 hours a year prior, with a fatality rate of 1.31 per 100,000 hours in 2014.

The board and the FAA have focused on educating pilots on loss-of-control safety and use of technology in recent years, emphasising LOC as the ongoing top cause of GA crashes. Stick-and-rudder skills have gained renewed attention and the FAA also is promoting the use of new tools such as angle-of-attack indicators in GA aircraft. (via AvWeb)

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