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Air safety

USA TODAY's sensationalistic report "Unfit for flight" ignores the significant progress general aviation (GA) manufacturers have made to improve safety.

In recent years, the number of fatal GA accidents has declined substantially. In fact, the goal of one fatal accident per 100,000 hours flown by 2018 appears increasingly likely.

Aircraft manufacturers spend significant resources to ensure aircraft safety. This begins with an initial Federal Aviation Administration safety certification process that can span three to six years.

The FAA also has a solid process to quickly address safety issues in the existing fleet or with existing designs that are being produced. The focus on safety never stops.

For this reason, government and industry continue to work to identify the leading causes of accidents and mitigate risks. To that end, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has led the charge in making new safety technology easier to get into the cockpit. Last November, President Obama signed legislation aimed at doing just that by December 2015.

Our top priority is the safety of pilots and passengers, and we are making great progress. An honest analysis of all the facts would have made this clear to USA TODAY's readers.

Pete Bunce, president and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Washington, D.C.

Remember dads

The USA Snapshot on Monday's Life front shows a survey of 1,000 mothers on their attitudes about family vacations. Surveying only mothers about family vacations implies that only their attitudes are worth consideration — or that fathers aren't part of family vacations.

Mark Shumate; Roswell, Ga.

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