FAA Works to Improve Aviation Safety Through the WINGS Program

by | December 6th, 2013

December 6, 2013

In recent years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made strides to improve aviation safety in the United States. The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain that one of the ways the FAA has achieved this goal is through the implementation of the WINGS Program. Now, researchers have released data indicating just how effective the program is.

An FAA Press Release explains that while there has been an increase in the overall total number of accidents recorded annually since the inception of the WINGS Program, there has been a decrease in the number of incidents seen in the general aviation division. In 2008, there were 239 fatal accidents involving general aviation aircraft. The following year, that number declined to 238, and by 2010, the total number of fatal accidents in the general aviation industry had plummeted to 235 fatal accidents.

While this may lead many to believe the program is responsible for increasing pilot safety, researchers concede there is no way to determine if the program improves safety awareness among pilots or if those who participate are already safety-minded individuals.

Some areas the program is planning to improve include better transition training courses for pilots and creating a program that nurtures better pre-flight planning.

Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy’s team of attorneys recognize the numerous dangers of General Aviation Accidents and are hopeful the WINGS Program can continue to improve safety.