There is an airplane that has only been manufactured for a few years. It has had accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, that are way out of proportion for the numbers in which it has been produced.
Is it the new technology that is tempting pilots into taking risks? Is it the shiny new airplanes that are attracting overfunded and underqualified pilots? I don’t know, but if somebody doesn’t stop this trend, it’s going to give General Aviation a black eye and be the death of the industry.
I’m speaking of course, of the Cessna 182 “Skylane”. The new Skylanes manufactured since Cessna restarted their production in 1997, have been in 30 accidents, according to the NTSB database. Seven of those accidents had one or more fatalities. This is out of a registered base of only 999 planes!
I think it is time to demand that Cessna do something about this. It is obvious that there is something wrong with the new Cessnas, since Skylanes manufactured prior to 1997 have a much safer record.
I used to own a 1997 Skylane, and I felt safe in it, but now you couldn’t get me in one of those accidents-waiting-to-happen.