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Safety Pilot: My retrospective

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Staying on the centerline is important for both pilots and organizations. On this seventy-fifth anniversary of AOPA’s founding, the organization’s objectives remain the same.

Safety Pilot: Searching for balance

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

Only in Washington, D.C., would two seemingly intelligent parties devise a poison budget pill called sequestration.

Safety Pilot: Training irrelevancy

Pilot Magazine | Jan 24, 2014

After an accident, a typical question is what did the pilot know and when did he or she know it? Another way of putting it, less respectfully: Was the pilot merely ignorant or just plain stupid?

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted unadvised unaware

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The loss of a TBM 700 turboprop over New Jersey two years ago surprised many pilots. The Pratt & Whitney-powered single-engine turboprop is certificated for flight into known icing (FIKI).

Safety Pilot: Aftermath

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

Early this fall an Air Safety Institute (ASI) team flew to Chester, Connecticut, to conduct a safety program after a Turbo Commander accident in New Haven.

Safety Pilot: Weather flying (again)

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

ne of the best books ever written for pilots is entering its fifth edition, which for an aviation text is nearly unheard of.

Safety Pilot: Yogi wisdom

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Yogi Berra, star baseball player and manager for the hated (or beloved) New York Yankees, always had a way with words. Here are some quotes of Berra in the context of general aviation safety.

Safety Pilot: Set-up stall

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Distraction is almost always a factor during an accident sequence. Nowhere is there likely to be more distraction than when arriving at a fly-in where there are many more aircraft than usual to avoid. Pilots need to be on their game and recognize that even though special ATC procedures are in effect, standard aerodynamic rules still apply. In this loss-of-control accident, the NTSB’s determination was predictable. But there was also a systemic flaw, in my view, and the arrival procedure in use was the precipitating event.

Safety Pilot: Scare tactics

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Media and political reality today are designed to scare. Be afraid--be very afraid that something terrible will happen to you or someone you know. The motive is usually to sell something or to advance a position.