This study provides an overview of accidents involving private aircraft operations between 2001and 2005. With approximately 400,000 flying hours conducted annually, private flying accounts for around a quarter of general aviation activity. Within private operations, rotary-wing activitynow contributes about 10 per cent of all hours flown.
The accident rate in private aviation activities generally declined over the five-year study period, but the fatal accident rate for fixed-wing aircraft remained generally stable. There was an apparent increase in the rotary-wing fatal accident rate.
The pattern of accident types showed similarities for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Most accidents can be classified against a small number of accident types: collisions, loss of aircraft control, airframe, and powerplant issues. Additionally, collision accidents and those involving a loss of aircraft control account for most of the fatal accidents.
Differences between fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft occurrences are more apparent when accidents are examined by phase of flight. More than half of all fixed-wing accidents occur in the landing phase of flight, but manoeuvring and cruise are among the most common phases of flight for accidents involving rotary-wing aircraft. These phases of flight are also associated with fatal accidents.
|Type:||Research and Analysis Report|
|Publication date:||28 June 2007|