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EAA Members Respond to EAA/NTSB Amateur-Built Safety Study

5,000 completed - survey closes August 31

August 18, 2011 – EAA has been working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to create a profile of amateur-built aircraft and their builders to use as a guide for programs and activities to further advance and promote safe building and flying practices. EAA is hosting the summer-long survey that is open to all builders, owners, and operators of experimental/amateur-built category aircraft. According to Jim Sweeney, EAA’s director of market research, the response to date has been outstanding with more than 5,000 surveys completed.

The survey will remain open until August 31 and can be accessed here. EAA encourages those builders and owners who haven’t yet completed the survey to do so. Once complete the results of the survey will be shared with the NTSB.

“Going all the way back to the Wright brothers, amateur aircraft builders have played a crucial and inspirational role in leading the way towards greater achievements in manned flight,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “We are pleased to be working with EAA towards the shared goal of improving safety in this particularly innovative sector of general aviation.”

Of the approximately 224,000 GA aircraft in the U.S., about 33,000 of them are in the amateur-built category. That includes aircraft built from a prefabricated kit, existing plans, or a builder’s unique design.

“Safety is EAA’s top priority, which has been reflected through our members and our organization’s activities and programs for nearly 60 years,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. “This survey, however, will help identify any specific areas that could use extra emphasis and education to make amateur-built aircraft even safer.”

Hersman added, “We are very encouraged by the impressive number of responses to the EAA survey. The more information that is provided to EAA about how the more than 33,000 E-AB aircraft in the U.S. are built and operated, the better we’ll be able to understand the safety issues that are so important to this innovative community.”

Hear Vern Ellinstad – NTSB talk about the NTSB survey 

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