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It's Never Off-Season for Safety

FAA Safety Standdown session at Oshkosh on Saturday

FAA Safety Standdown

April 19, 2012 - As the nation's pilots head into the prime flying season, EAA is joining with the FAA to encourage all aviators to pay particular attention to safety in 2012. One way that can help is through the FAASTteam Safety Standdown sessions being held in April throughout the country.

One of those sessions is coming to the EAA Aviation Center on Saturday, April 21. If you're in the area, you're invited to join us from 9 a.m.-noon for the program at the EAA AirVenture Museum. It includes such highlights as going beyond the checklist, decision-making skills, and recovery from loss of control. More information is also available at the FAA Safety Standdown website.

EAA also encourages aviators to take the extra step for safety this spring by meeting with your local flight instructor or EAA flight advisor to review your skills and make sure you're as ready to fly as your airplane is.

As we reach the midpoint of the FAA's record-keeping year, there's good news and bad news to report on experimental category aircraft accidents. EAA's scorecard shows that the unexpectedly warm weather in March and early April throughout much of the nation brought a spike in fatal accidents. Through March 31, there were 28 accidents in experimental category aircraft, bumping the totals above last year's total and the FAA's year-to-date metric.

While it's good to see the accident rate has leveled off in April, it focuses everyone's attention on the important safety every time we fly. FAA's 2012 not-to-exceed levels are based on a 5 percent reduction of the fatal accident average for the agency's fiscal years 2009-2011. We are all responsible to ensure we continue to improve the safety numbers and enjoy many hours of safe and fun flying.

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