Mark Korin's small business in Ramsey, Minn., has been building angle-of-attack indicators for the experimental and light aircraft market in relative anonymity for nearly 18 years.
That is no longer the case, thanks to the findings of an FAA and industry committee that studied light aircraft loss-of-control (LOC) accidents. In a final report issued in September 2012, the government/industry General Aviation Joint Steering Committee ranked installation of angle-of-attack (AOA) indicators at the top of its list of 23 safety enhancements that could help cut the problematic general aviation (GA) fatal accident rate. “AOA systems are not in wide use in GA,” the committee concluded. “The GA community should embrace to the fullest extent the stall margin awareness benefits of these systems.”