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NTSB and Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation Collaborating on Seminar

The seminar will examine case studies, explore training solutions, and discuss available resources for preventing loss of control.
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The goal of the aviation safety seminar will be to reduce the number of accidents involving pilot loss of control in flight.

The NTSB and the Alaska Aviation Safety Foundation are collaborating on an upcoming aviation safety seminar called ‘Loss of Control: Lessons Learned.’ The seminar will be hosted at the Univeristy of Alaska’s Aviation Technology Campus, in Anchorage, take place on November 5th, 2016 and will run most of the day, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Alaska Standard Time (one hour earlier than Pacific Standard Time).

The seminar will examine case studies, explore training solutions, and discuss available resources for preventing loss of control. Harry Kieling, the Chairman of the Alaska Aviation Safety Foundation, says that “Safety is a cornerstone of aviation and aviation is a foundation of life in Alaska, and yet every year dozens of Alaskans and visitors are killed in aviation mishaps around the state.” He adds that the single biggest reason is loss of control, and that despite knowing what causes loss of control, they seem to be unable to inform pilots on how to avoid it. “The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation and the National Transportation Safety Board are determined to educate Alaskan aviators on how to prevent loss of control.

According to the NTSB, between 2008 and 2014, about 47% of all fatal, fixed-wing accidents in US general aviation involved pilot loss of control during flight, resulting in over 1,200 fatalities. By comparison, the NTSB says that from 2011 through September of 2016, they’ve investigated 76 general aviation accidents in Alaska involving loss of control in flight, which resulted in 31 fatalities and 38 injuries. They add that Alaska averages about 100 aircraft accidents a year during the past decade, and that about 80% involve general aviation or non-commercial flights.

‘Loss of Control: Lessons Learned’ Agenda

8:00 AM – Registration

8:30 AMOpening Remarks & Introductions

  • Harry Kieling, Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation
  • Kerry Long, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Clint Johnson, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., National Transportation Safety Board
  • Dana Schulze, National Transportation Safety Board

8:45 AM –  Award Presentation

  • Alaska State Troopers & NTSB

9:00 AM –  NTSB Board Member Perspective and the Most Wanted List

  • NTSB Board Member Earl F. Weener

9:45 AMLoss of Control – What’s the Issue?

  • NTSB Investigator Brice Banning

10:00 AM –  Beak

10:15 AMLoss of Control Scenario

  • Roger Motzko

11:00 AMNow What? The NTSB Investigation Begins

  • NTSB Investigator Brice Banning

12:00 PM – Lunch

12:45 PMCarlson Foundation Spidertracks Award

  • John Carlson
  • Gary Bennet
  • Mary O’Connor

1:00 PMAfter the Fact – What Do You Need to Do to Protect Yourself? – Panel Discussion

  • Clint Johnson, NTSB
  • Clint Wease, FAA
  • Mark Wilhelm, Richmond & Quinn
  • Kevin Weycoff, Alaska Claims

2:00 PMFAA Perspective on Loss of Control Training Solutions

  • Ken A. Thomas, FAA

2:45 PM – Break

3:00 PMAOPA Perspective and Resources for LOC Prevention

  • Tom George, AOPA

3:30 PMScenario Replay – Let’s Try Again for a Better Outcome

  • Roger Motzko

4:00 PM – Discussion and Evaluation

4:15 PM – Closing Comments

4:30 PM – End of Seminar

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UAA’s Aviation Technology Campus is located at 2811 Merrill Field Drive, Anchorage, AK 99501. For more details on the aviation safety seminar, you can email the AASF at aasfonline@gmail.com, and for a PDF of the agenda, click here.

Featured Image: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, CC2

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