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  • Good and Bad News from the NTSB!

    I regularly read the NTSB reports looking for stories to share with my clients to help prevent them from becoming an NTSB report.

    The bad news is there have been 20 gyroplane accidents in the last 12 months that have been reported to the NTSB.

    It is hard to have a reportable accident in a modern gyroplane for less than about $15,000 and most are much higher.

    This high accident count with so few gyroplanes flying is bound to have a negative impact on gyroplane insurance costs.

    In my opinion all but one of these accidents are simple pilot error.

    It is understandable because many of these pilots are new to gyroplanes as flying gyroplanes becomes more popular.

    Please donít hurry your training and donít solo till both you and your flight instructor feel you are ready.

    Try to lean every time you fly and strive to fly with more control.

    It wouldnít hurt to visit you flight instructor for a flight review before two years particularly if you have not flown for a while.

    The good news is there was only one fatal accident even though it is not hard to end up dead in even a minor gyroplane accident.

    If you want to learn more go to https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/index.aspx

    Put in a date range and under category put in gyroplane.

    It sometimes takes quite a while to get a final report and there is generally much more useful information in the final report so donít be afraid to go back several years to find more complete reports.

    People have been using the same techniques to destroy gyroplanes for the last 30 years so there is a lot to learn.

    Gyroplanes are not a high priority for the NTSB so be aware that they may reach an unlikely probably cause and you will get the most out of your time with the report by imagine the flight step by step.
    Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI http://www.breeseaircraft.com/
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