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NTSB eyes GA training, education on most-wanted list


The National Transportation Safety Board released its annual “most-wanted” list of safety improvements, with general aviation safety once again prominent on the list. The board noted that many accidents it investigates reveal common underlying problems in pilot education and training. More GA pilots are using glass cockpits, but don’t necessarily know how to make the most of the information available to them on those displays, the NTSB said. The fatal accident rate for GA operations has increased by 25 percent in the last decade, and the overall accident rate has been steady at about 6.8 accidents per 100,000 flight hours. The agency also wants airport operators, pilots and airlines to work together to make airport surface operations safer. Runway incursions, though declining overall, continue to be a large safety risk. New equipment like runway status lights could provide clear warnings to pilots, but the systems have only been installed at a handful of airports nationwide.