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Is it safe for you to fly on a small, private airplane?

If you have received an invitation to take a smaller, private aircraft on an expedition in New York, you may be excited about the opportunity to have a customized flying experience. While flying on private aircraft is a unique experience, it is essential that you understand the risks of your decision as well so you can be confident in choosing to participate or not. 

According to The New York Times, a majority of airline accidents happen in the general aviation category which usually excludes larger carriers. This sector includes both larger, corporate jets to smaller, private aircraft. When compared with commercial aviation, the general aviation carriers experience a much higher percentage of accidents. Research indicates that the number one cause of general aviation accidents is an error made by the pilot and the primary contributing factor to these accidents is inclement weather. When you are preparing to ride on a private airplane, it is crucial that you assess your decision by making sure you have adequate information beforehand. 

For starters, ask your pilot about what the weather will be like and what you should be prepared to do if you end up in a dangerous situation. You should also find out whether or not your pilot has insurance that could potentially lessen your financial stress in the event you are injured in an accident. Doing your research may enable you to select a private airline that is reputable and has your best interest and safety as their priority. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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