WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons learned from its accident investigations involving technically advanced aircraft. The seminar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the NTSB’s Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia.
This is the fifth in a series of safety seminars presented by the NTSB focused on general aviation accidents.
The four-hour event will explore some of the causes of these accidents, the current government and industry efforts to prevent them, and the resources available to the pilot community, according to NTSB officials.
It is designed for pilots, mechanics and other members of the GA community and is free of charge. Pilots participating in the FAA’s WINGS program will receive credit for attendance.
NTSB Board Member Earl Weener will be a featured presenter, and attendees will also hear from NTSB staff who have investigated these types of accidents.
In recent years, the cockpits of many general aviation aircraft have undergone a transition from conventional analog flight instruments to digital-based electronic displays, or “glass cockpits.” While these glass cockpits represent a significant change and potential improvement, they also represent challenges for pilots in the GA community, NTSB officials said.
An NTSB safety study completed in 2010 concluded that glass cockpit aircraft experience a lower total accident rate, but a higher fatal accident rate, than the same type of aircraft equipped with conventional analog instrumentation.
The seminar is open to the public. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. The doors will open at 8 am, and the seminar will run from 8:30 to 1 pm. A state or federal government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, is required for entry to the building.
Those interested in attending the seminar can register here.
Click here to see the NTSB Safety Study – Introduction of Glass Cockpit Avionics into Light Aircraft