FAA’s Fact Sheet – General Aviation Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry are working on a number of key initiatives to improve general aviation (GA) safety: the GA Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), Equip 2020 for ADS-B Out, new Airman Certification Standards (ACS), streamlining aircraft certification, the Got Data? External Data Initiative, and the Fly Safe outreach campaign on Loss of Control.

The United States has the largest and most diverse GA community in the world, with more than 220,000 aircraft, including amateur-built aircraft, rotorcraft, balloons, and highly sophisticated turbojets. By working together, government and industry are making a difference to put the right technologies, regulations, and education initiatives in place to improve safety. The FAA’s goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent over a 10-year period from 2009-2018. Inflight Loss of control – mainly stalls – accounts for the largest number of GA fatal accidents. Although the fatal accident rate is beginning to decline, too many lives are still being lost. Last year, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents

The FAA and the rest of the aviation community are focused on reducing general aviation accidents by using a primarily non-regulatory, proactive, and data-driven strategy to get results, which is similar to the strategy the FAA uses in commercial aviation. 

Click here for the full text of the Fact Sheet.

FAA Policy Helps Modernize GA Airplanes and Helicopters

A new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy encourages general aviation aircraft owners to voluntarily install safety equipment on airplanes and helicopters that is not required by the agency’s regulations. It will reduce costs and streamline the installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) into the general aviation fleet.

A copy of the FAA Policy Statement is available by clicking here.  

Should I stay or should I go? There’s an app for that…

Deciding whether to takeoff when weather conditions are not ideal is a challenge for every pilot. With the new interactive ETD (Estimated Time Departure) feature in the latest version of the wx24 Pilot aviation weather app, knowing when to takeoff just got easier, according to company officials.

wx24 Pilot can now check a pilot’s personal weather minimums against METARs and TAFS along a flight path to determine if current weather conditions allow him or her to fly confidently and safely.

Read the whole General Aviation News article by clicking here.

FAA Offers Incentive to General Aviation Aircraft Owners to Equip Aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)

Rebate will help bring NextGen safety technology to airplanes now

WASHINGTON – Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced a $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics technology.  Accelerating compliance is critical to ensuring that pilots, manufacturers, and retail facilities have adequate time and capacity to equip aircraft in a timely and efficient manner, ahead of a 2020 regulatory deadline.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a foundational element of the FAA’s NextGen program, which consists of a suite of technologies that are modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system. ADS-B transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning.


“This announcement signals our commitment to NextGen, which has played an important role in   ensuring that our airspace is safe and efficient for the American people,” said Secretary Foxx.  “We are focused on achieving its full potential, and by working with our General Aviation community, I’m confident we can successfully integrate aircraft and technology into the national airspace system.”


The rebates will be available this fall, and the FAA will announce the specific date soon. In the meantime, the FAA has published information regarding the goals and structure of the program, and is encouraging aircraft owners to look at the available equipment on the market and to schedule an installation appointment with a qualified installer starting in the fall of 2016.  Aircraft owners will only qualify for the rebate if the installation is scheduled after the FAA begins offering the rebates.

The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B by Jan. 1, 2020.  That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are required.  Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate.


“We’re calling on all aircraft owners who plan to fly in busy airspace to equip with ADS-B before the deadline,” said Administrator Huerta.  “Owners who wait too long to equip may not be able to get an installation appointment before the deadline. This limited-time rebate provides an incentive for early retrofitting, and will help draw attention for the urgent need for owners to comply so that they can continue to fly their aircraft in 2020.”


The $500 rebate will help offset an owner’s cost to equip U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements. The FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for aircraft already equipped, for new aircraft, or for aircraft for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade. The FAA will be able to distribute 20,000 rebates – one rebate per aircraft owner.  The FAA is encouraging owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft to apply as soon as the program is launched this fall because the rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline.

“ADS-B provides the General Aviation community with increased safety, efficiency, and situational awareness,” said Whitaker. “We’re getting closer to the 2020 deadline, and we need 100 percent equipage in the required airspace to realize the full benefits of this NextGen technology.”


General aviation and air taxi aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out enjoy more efficient spacing and optimal routing in some non-radar environments, including busy airspace in the Gulf of Mexico, mountainous regions of Colorado, and some areas in Alaska.  ADS-B improves life-saving search-and-rescuewith accurate and timely last-reported positions.  General aviation pilots may also benefit from air traffic control services outside radar coverage.


The FAA is continuing to work with stakeholders such as the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and others to inform and educate the aviation community about the ADS-B requirements.  

More information on this program is available at the FAA’s website.

Have you signed up for next week’s AMT Appreciation Luncheon yet?

We invite you to join us for an appreciation luncheon at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Hangar just a week from today! This luncheon is for all Aircraft Maintenance Technicians to show appreciation for the “faces behind safety.” Neil Baker with the FAA will be the luncheon speaker. This is a free event!

May 24, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

South Carolina Aeronautics Commission

2553 Airport Blvd.

West Columbia, SC 29170

Directions to the SCAC Hangar from Columbia or Greenville: Exit 113 off of I-26. Take a right at the light onto Edmund Hwy/ Airport Blvd. Travel approximately .8 of a mile. Turn right onto John Hardee Expressway. Take the first left off of John Hardee (just before the pond). Turn left onto Airport Blvd. at the STOP sign. The SCAC hangar is the second drive on the right.

To RSVP for this event, click here.

If you can sponsor/exhibit at this event, please call 1-877-359-7222. We are grateful for the support that makes events like these possible!