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 FAAâ€™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 â€“ mainly stalls â€“ 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.Â
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