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FAA announces vigorous safety program

March 31, 2011, 09:48 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced a program intended to reduce the number of general aviation accidents and enhance pilot safety practices, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to the source, the program, announced March 21, aims to reduce GA accidents 10 percent by 2018.

This program, the source suggests, may have come out as an attempt to be more aggressive about combating the GA accident rate, since, despite past measures, the number of accidents has hardly declined in recent years.

The source says the program will incorporate a grass roots movement, aimed at public education measures to inform pilots

Unlike federal programs for commercial pilots, participation will be largely voluntary and the source says there currently isn't an intention to implement mandatory requirements for additional training.

However, the Wall Street Journal says the programs will have some similarities.

"Part of the latest safety drive is patterned after a comprehensive data-collection and analysis effort used by federal officials, airline safety experts and pilot union leaders to reduce U.S. commercial-aviation accident rates by more than 80 percent starting in the late 1990s," the source says.

Though the FAA hopes this GA movement will have success similar to its commercial aviation predecessor, pilots may still face unforeseen hazards. Pilot life insurance will remain important for aviators to protect loved ones, should they be in a fatal crash.  

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