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You have probably already read or at least noted, that on Wednesday (June 18th) of this week, USA Today published an article titled ‘Unfit for Flight’ that aviation groups have slammed for its one-sided, sensationalistic and inaccurate reporting of safety in general aviation. AIA President, CEO and former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey noted that the story ignores “overwhelming evidence of improving general aviation safety in a misguided effort to paint the aerospace manufacturers in a bad light.” AOPA also responded to the article saying that AOPA, GAMA, and Textron had all provided information to the reporter, but the information was excluded from the report. A number of our NASAO members remarked to me about the negative impact of the article. Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO, said that Thomas Frank’s sensationalistic three-part series failed to acknowledge the significant progress general aviation manufacturers have made to improve safety. Bunce said the reality is that the number of fatal accidents in general aviation aircraft has declined substantially in recent years. In fact, the goal of 1 fatal accident per 100,000 hours flown by 2018 now appears increasingly likely.

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