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Flight Chain App releases new NTSB accident trends feature in latest update

Flight Chain App - NTSB Aviation Accident Reports - Helping pilots learn from accident chains By Dan Sobczak
October 2018

Editor's note: This content does not constitute flight instruction. Consult a certified flight instructor in your area for proper flight instruction.



We were surprised by a flight instructor's observation who, after more than 40 years of flying, was amazed at how many pilots of various experience levels aren't aware of the value of NTSB reports.

Reading accident reports can tell you how accidents happen and teach you what not to do.

That's one reason we created Flight Chain App -- to give you accident information that's convenient and easy to digest.

But we kept wondering -- how can we reach more pilots with safety information, and have more impact when we reach them?


Learning from accident trends


A screenshot from Flight Chain App version 1.10 showing its new 'Trends' feature, where you can view accident trends to see the accident causes that occur most often, and read NTSB reports by trend.

A screenshot from Flight Chain App version 1.10 showing its new 'Trends' feature, where you can view accident trends to see the accident causes that occur most often, and read NTSB reports by trend.


To do that, we recently added two new features in Flight Chain App version 1.10, released in October 2018.

1) View Trends: This update adds a new feature called 'Trends', where you can see aviation accident trends to view the accident causes that occur most often.

At the bottom of the home screen, tap the new 'Trends' icon to view accident trends, types and causes.

This new 'Trends' feature is available for all users of the app: no in-app subscription required.

2) Read NTSB Reports By Trend: Flight Chain App users who have an active paid subscription to the 'Expert' plan also get the added ability to review accident reports by these trends.

Viewing NTSB reports by trend can help you know how, when and why accidents are likely to happen so you can improve your decision-making skills, and enhance your ability to recognize and avoid potential accidents.

Existing 'Expert' plan users get this automatically added to their active subscription: no extra fee required.


Safe pilots save lives


Flight Chain App's goal is to help keep you ahead of the power curve.

The new 'Trends' feature was created to help enhance situational awareness, which we believe can help pilots recognize and break a potential accident chain in their own flying.

Pilots who regularly read accident reports are likely safer pilots. We hope Flight Chain App can help influence more pilots, change behaviors and ultimately save lives.

If you have pilot friends or family who you think can benefit from Flight Chain App's new 'Trends' feature, share this blog post with them on Facebook by clicking the blue Share button below.

Stay sharp!
The Flight Chain App team




Flight Chain App - NTSB Aviation Accident Reports - Helping pilots learn from accident chains Dan Sobczak is the founder of www.FlightChainApp.com, a mobile app that helps pilots learn from accident chains by making NTSB reports more convenient and easier to digest. Dan received his private pilot certificate in 2003.


Flight Chain App and its companion blog www.AheadOfThePowerCurve.com are committed to reducing general aviation accidents, helping improve aviation safety, and growing the pilot population.


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