WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2017) — National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl F. Weener and four NTSB air safety investigators are among those who are slated to speak during the agency’s aviation safety seminar in Long Island Saturday.
The half-day seminar, “Preventing Loss of Control in General Aviation,” is scheduled to be held at the Mid-Island Air Service Hangar at the Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. It is free to attend and open to the public and media; no registration in necessary.
General aviation safety has been on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List for more than seven years. In an effort to reduce the number of general aviation crashes, the NTSB has held 10 seminars since 2013 on topics including accidents during flight instruction, technically advanced airplanes, air traffic control, aerodynamic stalls, weather risks, pilot impairment, and accidents involving experimental amateur-built airplanes.
Crashes involving loss of control in flight have been a stubbornly persistent safety challenge in U.S. general aviation, accounting for almost half of fatal general aviation accidents.
In Saturday’s seminar, investigators will present compelling accident case studies that detail where things went wrong, and just how pilots can avoid critical mistakes to reduce their chances of being involved in a general aviation accident.
Representatives from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Federal Aviation Administration will also participate in the program.
Member Weener and NTSB investigators will be available for interviews at the conclusion of the event at around 12:30 p.m.
More details about the program, including the address and agenda, are available at https://go.usa.gov/xR67k.