iPad Apps Help Cut Fatal Crashes of Private Planes to New Lows

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iPad Apps Help Cut Fatal Crashes of Private Planes to New Lows

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Post by Raffles » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:02 am

Fatalities in crashes of small private planes have fallen to the lowest levels in decades as industry and government work to address an area of aviation that has lagged behind jetliners in dramatic safety improvements.

While aviation crash analysts caution that it’s still too early to say for sure that the data represents a long-term trend, the declining number of fatal crashes and deaths are a sign of possible progress.

The number of fatal crashes per year on small private planes averaged 180 per year from 2013 through 2015, according to a report to be released today by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. That’s a 17.8 percent decline compared to the previous three-year period.

“It goes to a trend we’ve seen in the last several years,” said George Perry, who heads AOPA’s Air Safety Institute. “Safety numbers have been significantly better year-over-year.”

Among the factors credited for the decline: better training of pilots and technological advancements that make planes easier to fly and provide up-to-date weather and other information. That can range from advanced crash-avoidance systems to apps for mobile devices.


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which tabulates private-plane accidents using slightly different criteria, calculated the rate of fatal crashes in the 2015 fiscal year was the lowest it had recorded, 1.03 per 100,000 flight hours, according to a July 28 fact sheet. The number of private-plane flights per year has been falling, so the decline in the accident rate is less steep than the drop in overall accidents.

The data should be approached with care because there is less information collected on general aviation as compared to commercial operations and the declining accident rate has been relatively small, said John Hansman, an astronautics and aeronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But the data jibes with broad new efforts to improve safety in that arena, Hansman said.

“It’s encouraging,” said Hansman, who has studied private-aircraft safety data. “There are reasons to think it might be accurate. There’s a lot of things happening in the system that are slowly making it better.”

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Electronic devices, including aviation applications for Apple Inc. iPads and other mobile devices, are giving pilots much better weather information than just a few years ago, and newer planes are easier and safer to fly, he said.

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Post by Bell 407 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:24 am

Interesting reading that. I would also think that the apps may well help in pre-flight prep i.e. pilot checks weather online even before he has gotten to the airport. Pilot files a flight plan using the apps etc. etc. :good:



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Post by Raffles » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:41 pm

I remember between 1992 and 1995, before the cell phone and internet era, I had a 486 computer and used to file my flight plans from home, as well as do navigation planning and check weather etc via a "Bulletin Board System. I even provided a flight planning service to Million Air, and had a logbook program. We were also trying to develop a moving map program. My equipment was stolen however just after the 1994 elections in the "new" South Africa.



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Post by bogey 10 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:06 pm

Great initiave there Raffles......hell that was over 20 years ago. By comparison we are spoiled with the technology available today and when applied as intended, it would appear to be working.



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