The FAA is teaming with NBAA, AOPA, HAI, NATA and other groups to launch an eight-month national safety campaign, “Got Weather?,” to help general aviation pilots prepare for potential weather challenges. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and leaders of the general aviation groups will kick off the campaign on Sunday at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Anchorage.
“Too many lives are lost each year in general aviation crashes related to weather,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This campaign will help ensure that our general aviation pilots are prepared in the face of bad weather and are as safe and well trained as possible.”
From now until December, the safety campaign website will be refreshed each month to feature a new weather topic such as turbulence, thunderstorms, icing, crosswinds and pilot resources. The site will include fast facts about the featured topic and links to partner videos, safety seminars, quizzes, proficiency programs, online training, case studies and more. The aviation groups will share campaign materials, link to the website and promote the campaign on social media.
“Since adverse weather is the leading cause of the most severe aviation incidents,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, “we are joining with the FAA and industry to promote an intense focus on using the best weather information available and making sound judgments to ensure continued enhancements to aviation safety.”