AOPA’S Air Safety Institute Releases Latest Joseph T. Nall Reports

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released the 29th and 30th editions of the Joseph T. Nall Report along with a new platform that provides access to more current accident data in near real-time.

The findings from the Reports note a continued decrease in overall accident rates. The year 2017 saw a decrease in total accidents from 2016. The overall total and fatal accident rates for 2017 continued its downward trend finishing with a total accident rate of 4.81 per 100,000 hours, and a fatal accident rate of 0.76 per 100,000 hours. Although 2018 saw an increase in total accidents, the good news is that the overall total and fatal accident rates continued its downward trend, finishing with a total accident rate of 4.56 per 100,000 hours and a fatal accident rate of 0.74 per 100,000 hours.

This highly anticipated report comes with several unique enhancements. First, ASI has completed a major overhaul of the report to provide near real-time accident data analysis as the data are updated on a rolling 30-day cycle. “I am excited that this major effort has significantly accelerated the accident analysis process. This allows us to release the 29th and 30th Joseph T. Nall Reports, which provide a snapshot in time for 2017 and 2018 data, respectively,” said ASI Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden.

“In addition, the new interface allows anyone to select accident analysis graphs for multiple years, from as far back as 2008 to preliminary data trends for 2020. The NTSB takes approximately two years to issue its final findings for accidents, so as we move into 2021, initial accident data rates will also begin populating for the year 2019,” McSpadden said.

ASI’s summaries for a given period provide insight and comparisons of selected dates versus previous years. Please review the summaries for a detailed analysis of trends and rates for non-commercial and commercial fixed-wing operations, non-commercial and commercial helicopter operations, and sport/experimental operations.

View the 29th and 30th Joseph T. Nall Reports.