Business aviation's safety weaknesses are landings and "level busts", safety experts revealed at an EBACE seminar today. Overrunning runways - even long ones - and flying through cleared flight levels are both mistakes made disproportionately by business aircraft pilots, said the UK Civil Aviation Authority's Simon Williams, who also heads the Business Aviation Safety Partnership.

Williams revealed that although business aviation represents only 8% of traffic in European Union skies, it is responsible for 20% of flight level busts and 20% of altimeter setting errors.

Safety analyst Bob Breiling, of Breiling Associates, said that landing mishaps constitute more than 50% of all business aircraft accidents, a higher proportion than in other aviation sectors. They mostly stem from unstabilised approaches.

  • All the latest news, images and video from EBACE 2010

Source: Flight Daily News