The report contains a discussion of the 105 accidents involving aerobatics which occurred in various small fixed-wing U.S. general aviation airplanes during the period 1972 through 1974. Detailed statistical information is given regarding the number of injuries, kind of flying, type of accident, accident causes, and pilot experience. The study evaluates the adequacy and applicability of airworthiness standards relating to aerobatic certification, the fundamental importance of proper aerobatic training and orietation, and regulatory controls applicable to airshows. The several most significant types of accidents associated with aerobatics--stalls and spins; collisions with ground/water, wires/poles, trees; and airframe failure in flight--are reviewed in detail. The study concludes with a number of recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration intended to reduce accidents involving aerobatics.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Aviation Safety
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1976-7-20

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00320589
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TSR
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM