All of us who fly are concerned with business aircraft safety, and at the end of each year Robert E. Breiling Associates issues its report on aircraft safety for the previous year. Air travel on the major airlines in the United States has remained excellent in recent years, but what I am most interested in is the safety record for business aircraft operations. For 2011 the fixed wing segment of business aviation showed a small increase over last year - 57 accidents in 2011 compared to 48 accidents in 2010. In terms of fatal accidents, 2011 produced 13 fatal business aircraft accidents while 2010 produced only 7 fatal accidents. While this is a small decrease in business aircraft safety it does not seem to suggest that there should be an increased concern of business aircraft safety for passengers. There is some thought that the increase is due to increased business aircraft activity in 2011 over 2010. Interestingly enough only 1/2 of the fleet accidents involved nonprofessionally flown turboprop operations (or 22 accidents) while Part 135 operations followed with 15 turboprop accidents. On the other hand business helicopter operations improved their safety record over 2010, with no fatalities in 2011 versus 4 fatal business helicopter accidents in 2010. You can find more about business aircraft safety in 2011 from the Robert E. Breiling Associates findings in a recent article in Business & Commercial Aviation. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!
by John White •