Inc. has launched the PLEDGE program, aimed at
reducing the GA accident rate.
Board members of TXAA Foundation, Inc. have been
working hard to develop a program to help reduce
the number of accidents that continues to plague
the general aviation community. Although the
accident rate for scheduled commercial
operations has fallen in the past decade, the
rate for GA continues at what TXAA Foundation,
Inc. considers unacceptable.
In an attempt to make GA pilots more aware of
the problems, TXAA Foundation Inc. board members
have developed THE PLEDGE. Staff researched
various general aviation accident reports and
found the six leading causes of GA accidents. It
is an old story that continues to plague pilots.
The causes of most accidents are the same ones
that haunted GA for decades. They include:
Running out of gas
Ignoring weather forecasts
Continuing to Fly VFR into IMC conditions
Stalls especially on takeoffs and landings
Buzzing impacting the ground while
demonstrating your (lack of) flying skills
Landing configuration GUMPS why land with
the wheels up?
The PLEDGE asks pilots to:
P Peek into each gas tank verify it
has enough fuel to get you there (& back)
L Look at the weather do not fly when
inclement WX is forecast
E Elude VFR into IMC get your
instrument rating and stay clear of clouds
D Do Not Stall Use the mantra
AIRSPEED & LINEUP AIRSPEED & LINEUP
G Ground Hurts Stop Buzzing! Nobody
is impressed when you crash.
E Exclaim GUMPS! Checklist your
aircraft for takeoffs and landings
TXAA Foundation, Inc. will soon make these
placards available to every pilot in Texas and
the United States. They will come in a
of sizes as either plastic gust loc tags,
pitot tube covers, bumper stickers and decals
for the panel. Stay tuned!!