Notes "Only" 314 Fatal GA Crashes In FY2007
The number of fatal
general aviation accidents declined by five percent this year, the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Monday.
The FAA’s goal was to have no more than 331 fatal general
aviation accidents during the 12 months ending September 30. The
actual number was 314.
Fatalities in general aviation accidents also declined
significantly, from 676 in fiscal 2006 to 564 in fiscal 2007. For
these calculations, "general aviation" includes not only privately
flown planes but also non-scheduled air taxi flights.
"This record is due to a dedicated commitment to safety by
everyone in general aviation," said FAA Associate Administrator for
Aviation Safety Nicholas A. Sabatini. "In particular, manufacturers
are providing sophisticated technology like GPS and glass cockpits
— and the training to go with them — and the FAA is
vigorously encouraging adoption of these safety enhancements."
The FAA does not link the decline in fatal accidents to either a
rise or decrease in GA flight hours over the same period.
In October 2006, the FAA formed the FAA Safety Team, a program
devoted to decreasing aircraft accidents by promoting a cultural
change in the aviation community toward a higher level of safety.
The program features data mining and analysis, teamwork,
instruction in the use of safety management systems and risk
management tools, and development and distribution of educational
For more than 37 years, the FAA has pursued a comprehensive
program to improve the safety of the general aviation community.
The original program introduced the concept of a joint effort
sponsored by the FAA and the aviation community to reduce the
aviation accident rate.
Over the years, the endeavor evolved into the Aviation Safety
Program, and demonstrated that the general aviation accident rate
could be reduced. In the 1990s, the program expanded to include
aviation maintenance technicians.