Do you use aviation accident reports as a teaching tool? If so, how do you do so and where do you find them?
The following is adapted from a presentation by Dr Earl Weener, U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) Member, at the NBAA Business Aviation Pilot Training Symposium, 22 Aug 2012, in Washington, DC.
Read the entire presentation HERE.
The NTSB is an independent US federal agency charged with determining the probable cause(s) of transportation accidents, making recommendations to prevent their recurrence, conducting special studies and investigations, and coordinating resources to assist victims and their families after an accident.
Improving General Aviation (GA) safety is a top priority. The NTSB investigates approximately 1,500 GA accidents per year (Corporate, Business, Instructional, and Personal). Overall, the GA accident rate has remained flat over the last 10 years while the air carrier accident rate has decreased almost 80%. However, the personal flying accident rate has increased 20% over this same period and the rate of fatal accidents has increased 25%.
GA safety needs attention but what can we, as instructors, do from a training perspective?
Dr. Weener included this quote by Alfred Sheinwold early in his presentation:
“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”
He then demonstrated how the NTSB aviation accident files (dockets) can be used to create teaching moments for students and experienced pilots, alike.
He closed with another quote. This one is from Douglas Adams:
“Human beings, who are almost unique in having ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”
DO YOU USE ACCIDENT REPORTS AS A TEACHING TOOL? IF SO, HOW DO YOU DO SO AND WHERE DO YOU FIND THEM?