“Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators” delivers a review of angle of attack (AOA), an introduction to the main types of AOA indicators available for general aviation pilots, and an overview of how they can be beneficial in stall awareness and prevention.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 40% of fatal accidents are attributed to loss of control.
Based on these findings, the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), which is co-chaired by ASI and the FAA, encourages the use of AOA indicators in general aviation aircraft. The group recently released a study of accidents attributed to loss-of-control over a 10-year period and found AOA indicators and education to have the greatest potential for preventing similar accidents.
The FAA has also recognized the value of AOA indicators in preventing loss-of-control accidents. In early 2014, the agency announced a new policy aimed at reducing the cost and complexity of installing AOA indicators in general aviation aircraft through streamlined installation and approval processes.
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