October 24 Were pleased with where general aviation safety is headed. The numbers arent final, but it looks like 2017 will end up being our safest year yet. Working together with industry to meaningfully address safety is making a difference and were going to continue our collaboration to make GA even safer.

Its an issue that needs to be approached from many angles some regulatory, some technological, some educational. And thats the driving force behind the fifth annual General Aviation Safety Summit we held with our government and industry partners today.

Weve made substantial progress since last years gathering. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) continues to implement targeted safety enhancements. We finalized the Part 23 rule that will help decrease the time to get safety-enhancing technologies for small airplanes to the marketplace. The Fly Safe educational campaign has reached millions of our social media followers with information on how to avoid loss of control accidents. And in collaboration with aviation training community experts, last summer we updated key elements of the airman certification system to include an enhanced focus on risk management.

Theres no silver bullet when it comes to making GA safer. We have to remain vigilant and keep finding new ways to advance our shared safety mission. The GA community has been willing to roll up their sleeves and ask, How can we fix this together? With that kind of attitude, I know we can tackle anything that comes our way and get ever closer to the day when general aviation fatalities are a thing of the past.

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