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FAA looks to make general aviation safer

July 27, 2012, 04:42 pm

Michael Huerta, the Federal Aviation Administration acting administrator, recently spoke at the Experimental Aviation Administration's AirVenture, telling the crowd that it is the focus of the FAA to decrease the number of fatal accidents.

“What we see at Oshkosh is the foundation of what makes the U.S. great - passion, innovation and freedom,” Huerta said. “But with freedom comes responsibility.”

Huerta added that the number of fatalities is decreasing. In the last five years, controlled flight into terrain accidents have decreased by a third. Fatal flights at night also decreased when compared with last year, and experimental aircraft accidents are down 17 percent from 2009. He encouraged pilots to encourage each other and seek out additional training and WINGs seminars.

He also said that the Next Generation Air Transportation System will be crucial to increasing safety in the general aviation community. This system will increase the efficiency of aircraft certifications, along with other FAA functions and will provide a renewed focus on communication, offering a safer flying community. Although the system will cost pilots, it is an investment that will be worth it and is very important.

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