General aviation has experienced yet another record setting year seeing a decrease in the overall and fatal accident rates measured per 100,000 hours flown. The 27th Nall Report confirms this positive trend. Although the number of total accidents increased, the overall accident rate decreased thanks to a 3.6 percent increase in flight activity to 24 million flight hours. The number of fatal accidents decreased by 4 percent. So, we’re flying more and having fewer fatalities.
The GA Scorecard provides a broad view of GA safety performance and trends. The news across GA is encouraging, indeed: For the third straight year, the overall GA fatal accident rate declined. Initial data from 2017 indicates that 2017 will reveal a fourth straight year as well.