January 2, 2014 - The National Transportation Safety Board issued five safety alerts for GA before the end of 2013 in hopes of further mitigating accidents by pinpointing hazards and offering practical remedies to address them. The alerts focus on proper ELT use and installation, carb ice awareness, self-locking fiber/nylon nuts, ensuring restraints are working and used, and securing loose items in the cockpit.
"At a time when many people are putting together their list of resolutions for the coming year, these five safety alerts remind pilots, mechanics, and passengers of basic safety precautions to add to their checklists to ensure a safe flight for all on board," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "Knowing these accidents, which sometimes include entire families, can be prevented is why general aviation safety is on our most wanted list of transportation safety improvements."
Here is the list of new GA safety alerts:
'Armed' for Safety: Emergency Locator Transmitters
Engine Power Loss Due to Carburetor Icing
Proper Use of Fiber or Nylon Self-Locking Nuts
Check Your Restraints
All Secure, All Clear