Safety Topic of the Month: Aftermarket Safety Equipment

Data analysis shows that the use of aftermarket safety equipment can significantly reduce the likelihood of certain general aviation accidents.  Of particular interest are:  full-harness seatbelts, angle of attack indicators, ADS-B IN, flight & engine monitoring equipment, and enhanced/synthetic vision systems.  There have also been significant inroads to reduce regulatory burdens on the certification and installation of safety-enhancing equipment, so making it quicker and cheaper to get in the hands of users.

Learning Points:

  • A number of technologies have proven useful in reducing the likelihood of general aviation accidents
  • FAA recognizes that reducing regulatory burdens can result in increased safety equipment installation and use
  • As with all technologies, pilots must be thoroughly familiar with limitations and proper operation of the equipment
  • Don't let the shiny new gizmo become an in-flight distraction—it is meant to help with safety
  • Pilot proficiency is still the most profound influence on flight safety

Please download and use these slides at your club’s next safety meeting:

June 2024 Safety Topic of the Month: Aftermarket Safety Equipment

Other Safety Resources:

Here is a reminder of just some of the resources available to all pilots:


The FAASTeam website is the portal to a vast array of courses, videos, links, and much more.  Remember that WINGS not only encompasses “knowledge” activities, but also flight activities.  Use the various search options to narrow down, to say, flight activities for a basic phase of WINGS, and you’ll be able to find a syllabus and often a worksheet for each flight activity.

Highly topical is the FAA’s new Human Factors course.  This ten-module course (with WINGS credits) includes videos, quizzes, workbooks, and tests.  If you are serious about understanding the role of human behaviors in aviation safety education, then please, invest the time to complete this course.

Log into, go to activities-> courses-> all available courses and scroll to find these ALC codes—one per module:  ALC-730, 731, 732, 825, 826, 827, 828, 829, 830.

Here is a link to get you to modules 1 and 2 (ALC-730 and 731):

Don’t forget to regularly revisit these FAA safety gems:

Pilot Minute

57 Seconds to Safer Flying

FAA Safety Briefing Magazine

From the Flight Deck

Wait—what—you don’t do WINGS?

That’s a shame—you are missing out on a free pilot proficiency program that will help you enjoy your flying even more, allow you to earn a flight review every 12-months just by flying, may provide insurance discounts and…may keep you alive longer to enjoy all of the above!

The FAASTeam WINGS pilot proficiency program is one way for general aviation pilots to ensure they are competent, confident, and safe in their flight operations.   Oh, and being determinedly proficient will save you money in the long run.

If you are interested in using the FAASTeam WINGS program for your personal flying or with your flying club, create an account on the FAASTeam website,, and explore the array of courses and flight activities.  Also, feel free to contact me (Steve Bateman, Lead Representative and FAA WINGSPro), and I’ll walk you through the program.

More on “WINGS for Clubs” can be found here in Flying Clubs Radio Episode 8 and the May 2020 Question of the Month.

AOPA Air Safety Institute:

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute, which by the way is funded by the AOPA Foundation just like the Flying Clubs Initiative, is packed with amazing content, including exceptional videos, podcasts, accident analysis, online courses, recorded webinars and more.  Completing these activities may also earn WINGS credits.  Of particular interest to flying club safety officers is the recently updated Safety to Go section.  There, you can download a selection of topics, each coming with PowerPoint slides and speaker’s notes!

Stephen Bateman
Contributor, You Can Fly Program
Steve retired from AOPA in April 2024, but continues to contribute to You Can Fly programs. Contact Steve at [email protected]

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