Nall Report: General Aviation Accidents Declining
September 11, 2018 (flyingmag.com) As reported online by flyingmag.com, this year’s Joseph T. Nall Report shows that general aviation pilots are flying more hours and having fewer accidents.*
The first edition of the Nall Report was published by the AOPA Air Safety Institute in 1991. The editors of the report gather and review aviation accident data with the hope that it will have positive effects on the years to come.
“We need to shake the persistent, stubborn recurrence of pilot-related accidents, accounting for approximately 74 percent of all accidents and all fatal accidents — a trend that continues from year to year,” the report said. “These accidents are often caused by lack of proficiency and poor decision making, and they typically lead to controlled flight into terrain, loss of control, or continued VFR flight into IMC.”
In the latest Nall Report, data from 2015 shows that overall accidents and fatal accidents have declined. The fatal accident rate in 2015 was below one event per every 100,000 hours flown. A total of 1,173 accidents occurred in 2015, 221 of which were fatal and resulted in 375 deaths. Compared with data from 2014, fatal general aviation accidents declined in 2015 by 4 percent — from 229 to 221.
The majority of accidents in 2015 reported in fixed-wing non-commercial aircraft involved pilots holding a private certificate. Students were involved in 6.7 percent of recorded accidents that year. Almost 86 percent of the accidents occurred in daytime VFR conditions.
“This decrease in GA fatal accidents can be attributed to numerous industry initiatives designed to reduce fatal accidents by one percent every year from 2008 to 2018,” the report said. “While some areas are not improving as quickly as others, the overall trends show a reduction in accident rates and simultaneously an increase in total GA flight hours flown.”
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