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May 7, 2018

Take the iPLEDGE

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 - Keep up your airspeed!
G Ground Hurts - No Buzzing!
E Exclaim - Shout GUMPS on approach!
 

TXAA Foundation, Inc.
Creates iPLEDGE Program
New safety program aimed at reducing GA accident rate


Board members of the 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 burned the midnight oil to develop THE PLEDGE.

 

 
TXAA Foundation, Inc. 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 is simple:
 
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. has made these placards available to every pilot in Texas and the United States. They come in a variety of sizes as either plastic gust loc tags, pitot tube covers, bumper stickers and decals for the panel. For to you, the GA pilot! They are free. Order yours at info@txaa.org or visit:  www.txaafoundation.org 

 
TXAA Pledge for Life
 

Will You Take The Pledge?

Do your part to help reduce the GA accident rate.
Your passengers and family will appreciate it!!

Mission of TXAA Foundation, Inc.
TXAA Foundation, Inc. was created by the Texas Aviation Association in 2010 for the purpose of furthering aviation education and improving aviation safety in Texas.
The Foundation carries out its mission by:

* Promoting, developing, and presenting educational programs, such as aviation safety and management seminars and workshops
* Promoting and contributing financial resources to aviation education institutions
* Sponsoring improvements in aviation education facilities, techniques, curricula, and research.

Donate Today To the TXAA Foundation
Your generous donations are tax deductible
www.txaafoundation.org 
P.O. Box 27918
Austin, Texas 78755

 

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