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November 11, 2009
Emergencies can happen to any pilot, regardless of experience or level of preparedness. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's latest safety seminar, Emergency Procedures, is for pilots who want to know what to do if the unthinkable happens to them. The seminar will debut July 28, at 11:30 a.m. at Oshkosh.
"Most of us like to think we know what we'd do in those rare and critical situations," said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. "That's not how it plays out in most cases. Many pilots, even experienced ones, do the wrong thing or nothing at all - they become passengers in command."
Seminar attendees will learn about specific emergency situations, such as engine failures and fires, and will receive advice on when the "impossible turn" should be attempted to get back to the runway.
One of the best ways for pilots to learn is from the experience of others. The Emergency Procedures seminar includes testimonials from pilots who survived real-life in-flight emergencies. After being in worst-case scenarios - including a 4-foot snake in the cockpit - and living to tell about it, the pilots will discuss what they did right and what they would never do again.
After Oshkosh, the seminar will be presented at locations across the country. See www.aopa.org/asf/ for a complete schedule.
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation, the world's largest nonprofit GA safety organization, was founded in 1950 solely to help general aviation pilots improve flight safety. Since that time, the GA total accident rate has dropped by more than 90 percent despite a large increase in GA flight hours. ASF produces live seminars, online interactive courses, training DVDs, written Safety Advisors, and other aviation safety materials for free distribution to all GA pilots.
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