Airprox incidents involving GA have dropped

PUBLISHED: 17:04 14 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 14 October 2013

The UKAB statistics are published for the first time in a dedicated Airprox magazine, produced by Pilot’s publisher Archant and sent free of charge to all UK-based private pilots.

Airprox incidents involving general aviation aircraft dropped in 2012, figures released today reveal. The number of incidents with GA involvement, of all levels of severity, has continued a steady decay, data published by the UK Airprox Board.

Throughout 2012 there were 13 incidents involving a GA aircraft assessed as ‘Category A’, the most serious classification. In 2011 there had been 19 of this classification. Although there was a slighgt increase in incidents between two GA aircraft in 2012 59 in 2012 compared to 55 the year before, the number of Airprox incidents involving GA and a military aircraft declined significantly by more that 10.

The UKAB statistics are published for the first time in a dedicated Airprox magazine, sent free of charge to all UK-based private pilots/ The magazine focuses on a number of specific incidents to highlight how that incident occurred and give advice to readers so they can avoid a similar situation.

Commenting on the figures, the Director of UKAB, Steve Forward, said “as always a decline in the numbers of Airprox incidents is to be welcomed. However we need to avoid complacenct – far and away the most frequent causes of Airprox incidents are non-sightings and late sightings by pilots of aircraft that should have been in plain view.”

The full statistics are available at www.airproxboard.org.uk, while a PDF version of UKAB’s magazine can be downloaded at http://airspacesafety.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Airprox-2013.htm

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