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alf jessup

Some stats for 2018 & 2019

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Hi all

 

Just looking through the Aviation-Safety.net site which covers most aviation accidents/incidents world wide and searched just the Australian fatal accidents for 2018 & thus far in to 2019.

 

2018 we lost 20 people just like you and me.

GA accounted for 5

RAA accounted for 4

Gyro’s accounted for 4, 2 from a mast failure & 1 from low flying hitting a harvester & the other unknown.

Helicopters accounted for 5

Gliders 1

& Trikes 1 (unknown)

 

2019 thus far 11

GA 5

RAA 1 (mustering)

Gyro’s 3 ( 2 from mast failure while aircraft brand was grounded and pilots new better than manufacturer & 1 from low flying ferry flight catching a wire across a river)

Helicopters 1

Gliders 0

Trikes 1 (passenger) low flying in to a lake).

 

As you can see recreational type flying accounted for 5 needless deaths (not counting RAA mustering) from the start of 2018 up until now, 3 from low flying cowboy activities and 2 fatalities were from an owner thinking he knew better than the manufacturer and the authorities, both were pilots that knew the brand was grounded.

 

RAA has faired pretty well in those stats compared to Gyros & trikes as reading the reports didn’t seem to dictate low flying activities that contributed to our fatalities we had other than the mustering one which I haven’t counted as a cowboy activity. So well done!!!!

 

If you wish to read the causes of any of the 31 fatalities or any of the incidents that have happened in Australia from the dawn of aviation just go to the Aviation-Safety.net site and see for yourself.

 

Just a bit of useless information above for some and a valuable tool maybe for others like me that like to learn and try to continue to survive doing what we love, I am only human just like you and any of us are capable of it, many think it always happens to someone else.

Remember one thing, your surname can change to that someone else in the blink of an eye when you decide to do something you know you shouldn’t really be doing.

 

Take care and keep a fair bit of air between you and the trees, as it’s not only tigers down there, there are things that can trip you up, actually there are a lot of things down there that can kill you when you least expect it.

 

Cheers Alf

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By RAA do you mean recreational flying in general as at least one trike fatality was HGFA registered

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By RAA do you mean recreational flying in general as at least one trike fatality was HGFA registered

Meaning rec flying as in not GA, choppers or gliders. All combined light stuff.

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