It's time for the FAA to set an aggressive goal, comparable to the ones they set for airliners, for reducing the general aviation fatal accident rate. Without one, senseless accidents will continue, needless lives will be lost, and potential new pilots will be scared away.
In recent years, general aviation averaged over 300 fatal accidents per year, resulting in around 600 deaths per year. This is very high compared to air carrier aviation fatalities, which numbered 40 in 2005. By comparison, the NTSB reports that annually railroads account for over 700 fatalities, boating accidents claim over 800 lives, and car accidents kill over 40,000 people. Nonetheless, while the public shows little reticence to board a boat or drive a car, they tend to view small planes as unsafe.
Max Trescott on General Aviation: General Aviation Needs an Aggressive Safety Goal
:: First off, as big fan of Max's book on the Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit, I'm geeked that Max has started a blog.
CAP is the single largest operator of Cessna piston singles, CAP is well on the way to being the biggest G1000 operator. (well... at least until some G1K equipped VLJ air taxi operation builds more... but that's another post!)
Let's get to it.