Accession Number:

ADA350974

Title:

General Aviation Accidents: The United States Air Force Aero Club Solution.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-08-07

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

Aviation is an intrinsically safe mode of travel. In 1994, the United States Air force system of Aero Clubs put forth substantial effort to put a program in place fly Smart to improve flying safety in its aircraft. This study compares the accident rates of Aero Club aircraft with rates seen in general aviation. A comparison is also made of the years prior to implementation of fly Smart to the three years following implementation. Aero Club records of accidents were available from 1987 through 1997. General aviation mishap statistics are collected by the National Transportation Safety Board and are collected and presented to the public by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in the form of an annual general aviation report. Comparison of these figures show that the Aero Club system had a lower accident rate and fatality rate in all but one study year 1992, Aero Club 10.12 accidents and 2.38 fatal accidents per 100,000 flying hours general aviation 8.97 accidents and 1.75 fatal accidents per 100,000 flying hours. The Aero Club accident rate in the period following implementation of fly Smart 1995 - 1997 was lower than before implementation 1987 - 1993, 5.19 versus 1.63, p0.047, while general aviation rates for the same periods were unchanged 8.29 versus 8.00, p0.05. No differences were seen in rates of larger vs. mid-size or small clubs. There were no differences in the accident rates of closed vs. open clubs. The Air Force Aero Clubs are certainly more restrictive than general aviation, but the improvement in safety record suggests the tighter regulations are rules you can live with.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE