NTSB STATISTICS SAY 2011 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR AVIATION SAFETY; ALWAYS ROOM TO IMPROVE

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ARTICLE: Annual Aviation Statistics For 2011 Released

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary 2011 safety statistics and the numbers are good. For the second year in a row there were no Part 121 accidents rate and that result may be attributable to the FAA, overall system safety and ongoing programs such as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team.

The slight increase in the Part 135 accident rate may be due to a number of factors. ONE THOUGHT—apply the processes and programs that have helped drive down the scheduled air carrier accident rate, such as SMS and CAST designed for the Part 135 community generally and the on demand operators in particular.

These numbers are always a reminder that there is room for improvement (see http://jdasolutions.aero/blog/?p=549 and http://jdasolutions.aero/blog/?p=442 )

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1 Comment on "NTSB STATISTICS SAY 2011 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR AVIATION SAFETY; ALWAYS ROOM TO IMPROVE"

  1. Joe Del Balzo | April 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply

    The article is somewhat misleading in that the NTSB statistics showing no Part 121 accidents for two years in a row refer to scheduled Part 121 fatal accidents. The article does not mention that there were 31 Part 121 accidents in 2011 compared to 29 in 2010, 30 in 2009 and 28 in 2008.
    The fact is numbers of accidents for an individual year are meaningless. The frequency of airline accidents is random. Sometimes there is a long period of no fatal accidents. Sometimes they come in bunches. What is more important is the overall accident rate trend, which has had a downward slope for a number of years. The safety programs implemented by FAA have certainly influenced the downward trend and as the article points out would provide a safety benefit to the 135 and on – demand community.

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