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ALC-233: Top 10 Causes of General Aviation Accidents
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To improve the Nation's aviation safety record by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education. At the same time, FAASTeam Managers and Program Managers will establish meaningful aviation industry alliances and encourage continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community.

This course is designed to increase the awareness and stress the importance of common causes of General Aviation accidents.  The Top 10 causal factors are identified, and contributing factors are listed for each of the Top 10.  For each of the major causal factors, a relevant accident scenario is presented, and safety analysis of the manner in which the causal factor presented is outlined.

  • Getting results through non-regulatory, productive strategy and education. 
  • Help to understand why accidents occur. 
  • One of the FAA’s top priorities is to reduce the number of fatal accidents in general aviation. 
  • Develop an accurate picture of contributing factors. 
The FAA has focused on pilot education and awareness,

# 10   Weather


    • Preflight  Planning, Weather Knowledge, 
    • “Get Home ‘itis” 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Distraction, Monitoring Airspeed, 
    • Situational Awareness, Multitasking 

# 9    Mid Air Collisions


    • Traffic Pattern, Fly Ins, Glider Operations, 
    • Practice Areas 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Distractions, Situational Awareness 
    • Instructional Flight 
# 8       System Component Failure – Non Power Plant
    • Electrical Failure, Cabin Fire/Smoke, 
    • Vacuum Pump Failure, Carbon Monoxide 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Airspeed, Situational Awareness, Distraction, Pilot Fatigue, 
    • Maintenance, Preflight 
# 7       Fuel Related
    • Bad Gauges/A Good Watch, Preflight Planning, Weather/Winds, Fuel Management, Systems Knowledge 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Distraction and Trust, Flight Crew Experience and Planning
# 6       Other
    • Instrument Approach Procedures, 
    • Track and Altitude Flown, 
    • Pilots Situational Awareness are Unknown 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Non rated Instrument pilot 
    • Got to get there ‘itis 
# 5       Unknown or Undermined
    • Self Explanatory, No Witness, Recorders, Non-Volatile Memory (GPS) 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Airspeed Control, Bank Angle, 
    • Situational Awareness, and Distraction 
    • And Lots of Other Things! 
# 4       Low Altitude Operations
    • Pipe/Power Line Patrol, Crop Duster, Fire Fighting, EMS Operations 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Distractions, Situational Awareness, 
    • Out-of-Date Charts, Cell Phones 
# 3       System Component Failure – Power Plant
    • Single Drive Mags, Cylinders, Valves, Cam/Crankshafts, Pumps, and other components 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Maintenance, Preflight 
# 2       Controlled Flight Into Terrain
    • Rising Mountainous Terrain, Dark Night (Moonless), Cleared for the Visual 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Situational Awareness, Training, Preflight Planning, Distractions 
# 1       Loss of Control
  • Loss of Control in Flight 
    • Environmental Conditions/Wind, Experience, Perceptual, Physical/Sensory 
  • Contributing Factors 
    • Airspeed Control, Distraction, Situational Awareness, Currency, Medical

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