March 18, 2013

NTSB Issues Five Safety Alerts to Improve General Aviation Safety


On March 12, 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued five Safety Alerts that focus on the most common and frequent general aviation accidents.

Each year, around 475 pilots and passengers are killed and hundreds more injured in general aviation accidents in the United States, this is why General Aviation Safety is of high priority to the NTSB.

A Safety Alert is an information sheet that discusses a particular safety hazard and offers potential solutions to that hazard.

The five Safety Alerts issued on March 12, 2013, were:

  • Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen!
  • Reduce Visual References Require Vigilance
  • Avoid Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude
  • Mechanics: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety
  • Pilots: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety

The NTSC is creating five short videos, one on each new Safety Alert, which will be released this spring. The videos will feature air safety investigators sharing their experiences and observations of accident investigations and advice on how pilots and mechanics can avoid making devastating mistakes.

All Safety Alerts issued since 2004 are available at

The Safety Alert presentations investigators made to the Board on March 12, 2013 are all available at