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PA46 Safety By the Numbers
A 10-year review: Getting safer but room for improvement
by David McVinnie
We learn through our experiences” or better still, the experiences of others. I’ve avoided the word “mistakes” because we also learn through good experiences. The information presented here is collected
“ from the FAA and other public sources. Keep in mind that a lot of events go unreported. In this review, we’re going to look at the PA46 fleet data from 2009 through October 2018.
particular explanation for the huge differences. Our sample is very small meaning a single event can sway
the numbers in a big way. Statistically, we base our percentages on an average of 150-hour per flying aircraft and we remove airframes that have been destroyed/ parted out or deregistered following an event. It’s far from perfect. Some fly more, some less and the “experts” I’ve talked to say it’s about as good a guess as we can make without auditing the aircraft logbooks.
The PA46 vs. the Rest of GA
So how do we compare?
A look back to the beginning reflects a continuing safety improvement since the line was introduced. Our non- fatal event count descends steadily and is now nearly a match to the rest of general aviation. The Malibu
was the first production single engine pressurized
GA aircraft certified for Flight In Known Icing (FIKI) and the initial fatal accident rate reflects the challenges it presented. Training and experience allowed a steady, albeit slow improvement and we are now very close to the GA average. In 2017, the GA fatal
The past 10 years have seen the worst year ever (2015) and the best in two decades (2016). There’s really no
Figure 1

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