Experimental, Amateur-Built Fatal Accident Total Drops Again, Below FAA Not-To-Exceed Goal

Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021

OSHKOSH, WIS. – Safety totals for experimental amateur-built aircraft continued the decade-long improvement trend in 2020, as fatal accident totals finished below the Federal Aviation Administration not-to-exceed number for the 12 months ending September 30, 2020.

Over the 12-month period from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, which mirrors the federal government fiscal year, total fatal accidents in experimental aircraft dropped more than 15 percent from the previous year, to 44 total fatal accidents, including 32 in amateur-built aircraft – an 18 percent drop. The 44 fatal accidents were 8 percent below the FAA’s not-to-exceed number of 48 for Fiscal Year 2020.

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