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5 Tips To Prevent An Accident On Your Next Flight


According to the NTSB, these 5 safety tips will help you avoid the most fatal mistakes pilots make.

1) Don't get slow, especially down low

Stall/spin accidents usually don't end well. And since you can stall at any airspeed, it's crucial to keep your speed up. Remember, your stall speed is 41% higher at 60 degrees bank.

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2) Don't fly VFR in low visibility

Just because you can fly in 3 miles visibility doesn't mean you should. And according to the NTSB, 66% of all low-visibility accidents are fatal. Most often it's due to controlled flight into terrain or spatial disorientation.


3) When your plane makes noises you're not used to, get on the ground

The third most common type of fatal GA accident results from powerplant or component failure. And if something goes wrong while you're still in the air, remember to keep flying the airplane.

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4) Good maintenance saves lives

When components fail in flight, the chances of a fatal accident increase dramatically. Make sure you're getting the proper maintenance done on your plane, and remember that even if you're a pilot, you can always pop open the cowling and look for signs of leaks or unusual wear.

5) Don't pressure yourself to fly

It's easy to say "it's better to be on the ground, wishing you were in the air." But until you've experienced it, that saying doesn't sink in quite the same. According to the NTSB, nearly every fatal accident involves poor risk management and ADM.


Manage your risks, and don't make bad decisions. It's simple advice we all need to follow.

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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