Monday, 11 August 2014

Small Airplanes - how safe are they?

It's tourist season! They go round and round and round!

Airplanes from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
It seems as if everyone is up in the air. I counted 6 or 7 flybys. I just hope they all are good pilots! Incidents, per 100,000 km flown are down, but it only takes one to devastate a family.



Airplane incoming from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
You hear it, you can't see it, then you see it! Don't land on my house!

Pilot killed in jet crash at Ottawa air show

The pilot of a home-built airplane was killed Friday afternoon at a small airport west of Ottawa. Scott Manning, of Toronto, died when his BD-5 jet hit the ground at the Carp Airport at 12:14 p.m.

Plane crash kills 3 Minnesotans on Ontario fishing trip
Three northern Minnesota outdoors lovers who were on a fishing trip in Canada died when their Cessna 182 float plane crashed on the shore of a lake north of Minnesota, officials said.

Mid-air collision and 2 other crashes in Canada in a week

May 14, 2012
Three small-plane crashes in one week are raising questions about the safety of private airplane travel in Canada. In Canada there are about 32 fatal crashes a year involving a single-engine aircraft, according to the Transportation Safety Board. In the U.S., there are about four or five fatal crashes by private aircraft every week, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Transportation Safety Board Data

In 2012, a total of 290 aviation accidents were reported to the TSB, a 13% increase from the 2011 total of 257 but comparable to the 5-year average of 292. Of the total, 239 involved 
Transportation Safety Board Data


11 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I suspect most pilots who work for the airlines started out in small planes, so if Americans and Canadians want to travel commercially the small airplanes will continue to fly so the pilots can get enough hours to work their way up to the 737s. :)) Just sayin'.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

My brother had a single engine plane that he flew all over the western USA...I think it depends on the pilot!!

Nancy J said...

I love your stats, and the plane, way too low and too near for comfort. Take care, you and Mr J too. Hugs, Jean

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
That's a lot of planes - being used as alternatives to cars and boats; and like drivers and 'waterhoons', it'll come down to the same sorts of things... but how to police FUI? Would that even ... errmm.. fly? YAM xx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
That's a lot of planes - being used as alternatives to cars and boats; and like drivers and 'waterhoons', it'll come down to the same sorts of things... but how to police FUI? Would that even ... errmm.. fly? YAM xx

Christine said...

admittedly scary, inside and out!

William Kendall said...

I remember watching one of these floatplanes lifting off in Algonquin Park, and wishing I was in it.

Red said...

the private aircraft are much more dangerous for a number of reasons: pilot experience and training, upkeep of aircraft, pilot updates. It all goes together. After all that they're still very safe. I had a private pilot license. It was too expensive for me to keep it up.

Hilary said...

We see a few of those around here too but mostly, we catch sight of a pair of Hercules doing their training.. or something over the lake. They're an impressive and imposing sight.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

With my depressive symptoms, though, I get very agitated. It does frighten me.

Powell River Books said...

Pilots must remain current and so must their aircraft. We fly as a team, so that helps a lot. Two pilot in one aircraft allows for more vigilance and experience. - Margy