Accidents Associated with Aerobatic Maneuvers in U.S. Aviation

Aerobatic flights are the most significant risk factor for fatal injury and make up 50% of U.S. accidents in general aviation involving airport transport pilots. An analysis of the dangers of these maneuvers is presented using 25 years of U.S. reported accidents. More than 80% of the 494 accidents were fatal. The main cause of accident was not maintaining (proper) altitude while adverse weather was not present as a cause of accident. Nearly half the number of pilots had over 7,500 hours of flight experience. Homebuilt aircraft appear significantly more likely to be part of a fatal accident, showing more structural, engine, and system failures. Although there is a downward trend in the number of aerobatic-related accidents, the reduction of accidents is much assisted by either regulation or awareness training of pilots using homebuilt aircraft in aerobatic maneuvers.

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  • Authors:
    • de Voogt, Alexander J
    • Van Doorn, Robert R
  • Publication Date: 2009-8


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  • Accession Number: 01141875
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2009 1:35PM