General aviation airplanes are built to rigid federal specifications, and they are constantly checked and rechecked to make sure they are mechanically and structurally safe. People who fly are safety conscious. As the pilot-in-command of an airplane, you are also in command of most variables that affect flying safety. Safety is the most important word in the general aviation vocabulary.
Your flight instructor will emphasize training you to operate the airplane safely. Flying as pilot-in-command of the airplane puts you in charge. A well-built and well-maintained airplane in the hands of a competent, prudent, and well-trained pilot makes flying safer than many other forms of transportation.
If you wonder why the general population sees flying as unsafe, and you wonder why pilots can say "they know" flying is safe, please click here
to read a widely published and very well received article written by one of Premier's flight instructors.