FAA targets Loss of Control flight accidents with safety campaign

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation leaders are currently stepping up efforts to stop Loss of Control (LOC) accidents through a national safety campaign.

The Fly Safe campaign will work to educate the wider GA community to improve safety when flying.

LOC accidents happen when an aircraft accidentally strays from controlled flight. This can occur when the aircraft wanders outside the limits of its flight plan. When this happens, the plane will spin or stall, which can catch the pilot off guard.

There are many variables that can contribute to LOC accidents, including failing to recognize a spin or stall, poor judgment, lack of aeronautical decision making, inexperience, lack of familiarity with the model of the aircraft, negative effects from over-the-counter drugs, and inability to practice timely corrective actions. Sometimes pilots also purposely ignore regulations that are designed to keep them safe.

Currently, the FAA and other industry leaders want to unite their forces in the safety campaign. The goal is to reduce the number of LOC accidents that happen every year by using solutions that have been developed from data and real-life situations. This could improve the flight industry from every angle.

FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker lays out the safety campaign's strategy: " Each month on FAA.gov, we’re providing pilots with a Loss of Control solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions – some of which are already reducing risk. We hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram."

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