WASHINGTON, D.C — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a board meeting May 22, to consider the findings of a draft safety study on experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft.
Of the approximately 224,000 general aviation (GA) aircraft in the U.S., about 33,000 of them are classified as E-AB, according to NTSB officials. This includes a wide variety of aircraft, which can be built from a prefabricated kit, existing plans, or a builder’s unique design. Unfortunately, this group of aircraft has, for several years, experienced accident rates greater than those of other comparable segments of GA, NTSB officials add.
The NTSB, with the assistance and input from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and its many members, undertook the study to identify areas that could be addressed to improve the safety record of this growing and innovative segment of GA.
The meeting will be webcast live online. It begins at 9:30 a.m. EST.
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