E/AB Accident Rate Drops to Historic Lows

Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft, particularly amateur-built aircraft, continued their decline during the Federal Aviation Administration's 2017 fiscal year that ended September 30, falling to historic lows.

For the 12-month period from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017, fatal accident totals in amateur-built aircraft were down 18 percent to just 27, compared with 33 during the 2016 fiscal year. That continues a four-year trend that has seen a total drop of 47 percent in fatal accidents, despite an increasing amount of flight hours each year over that period. The specific totals compare to 40 amateur-built aircraft fatal accidents during the 2015 fiscal year and 51 in the 2014 fiscal year. Continue reading "E/AB Accident Rate Drops to Historic Lows"

Sport Class Mid-Air

Mark Ter Keurs propeller will take more than filing after this morning's close call.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Reno, NV--The great news is no one was hurt, but there was a rare coming-together during the Sport Medallion final this morning at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Continue reading "Sport Class Mid-Air"

EAA News: Homebuilt Accidents Drop

EAA LogoFatal accident total is one of lowest in history of FAA record keeping EAA reports

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (November 16, 2016) — Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft continued their decline in the 12-month period ending September 30, as focused programs and efforts by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and others continue to enhance safety. Continue reading "EAA News: Homebuilt Accidents Drop"

2015: Significant Improvement In Safety For Amateur-Built Aircraft

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Fatal accident total down 20 percent; EAA strives to build on improvement

EAA LogoThe safety level of homebuilt aircraft continues to improve, as fatal accident totals have dropped significantly over a 12-month period covering much of 2015, according to data analyzed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

The totals, which include fatal accidents during the 2015 federal fiscal year (October 2014 through September 2015), showed that fatal accidents in amateur-built aircraft registered in the Federal Aviation Administration’s experimental category fell 20 percent from the previous 12-month period. The specific totals indicate 40 fatal accidents in those aircraft during the period, compared to 51 during the prior year. Continue reading "2015: Significant Improvement In Safety For Amateur-Built Aircraft"