Has safety improved a year after Navy and Marine aviation crisis?

Aviation woes continue to dog the Navy and Marines but ongoing reforms will make a difference, the top flight officers for both services predicted Friday.

A year ago, Navy and Marine squadrons reeled from a rising number of aviation-related mishaps. The Navy?s mishap rate had jumped 82 percent over the last five years, and the Marines’ had leaped 80 percent, largely driven by incidents involving Hornet and Super Hornet fighters.

Those aircraft suffered from a defense spending crunch, a lack of spare parts, too few planes available to fly and a dip in the number of experienced pilots and maintainers on duty.