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Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Always Another Dawn

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Test pilot, aeronautical pioneer and engineer, scientist, general aviation pilot, AOPA member, family man, nice guy. A.

Safety Pilot: Deja vu: 50 years of mishaps

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Bruce Landsberg was named executive director of ASF in 1992. In looking back at nearly 50 years of general aviation accident reporting, what is surprising is how few surprises there are.

Safety Pilot: Island time

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Bruce Landsberg is an ATP who has logged more than 5,000 flight hours. A trip to Hawaii is always memorable, but the high point for me was a personal flight around several of the islands.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Snowy, Foggy, and Overloaded

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

What better way to start the new year than with a remembrance that good decision making is part of every flight? This business related flight took place on February 22, 2006, in an aircraft that was ill suited for the job. The plan was to fly from Warrenton, Virginia, to Mitchellville, Maryland, in a Cessna 172 and pick up a passenger before continuing to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Safety Pilot: What makes an aircraft old

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Bruce Landsberg is the executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. News flash: a generation of aircraft is getting older.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Ice Crisis

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

More pireps needed The AOPA Air Safety Foundation and the FAA General Aviation Safety Committee (ASF is a participant along with a number of industry and association members) have established a program to expand the number of pilot reports during periods of inclement weather. This winter, the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center, several area Tracons, Flight Service, and the National Weather Service will all cooperate in an experiment to solicit pireps during periods when icing and/or low ceilings/visibility are forecast.

Safety Pilot: Light sport design

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Bruce Landsberg is the executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Only Rip Van Winkle could overlook the buzz surrounding light sport aircraft (LSA) these days.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Into the Abyss

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

"Black hole" approaches describe runways that have no lights surrounding the airport and thus are susceptible to pilot misjudgment on height above the ground. They have been the destination for many an accident flight.

TAA safety

Article | Aug 01, 2007

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg flies a retrofitted aluminum TAA but avoided tar and feathers in Duluth. In 2004 the AOPA Air Safety Foundation published the first report on technologically advanced aircraft (TAA).

What was he thinking?

Article | Jul 01, 2007

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg has rolled a number of aerobatic aircraft but never one in the Normal category. All aircraft accidents are unfortunate, some are tragic, and a few defy any attempt to rationalize what happened.

Just the facts, ma'am

Article | Jun 01, 2007

Bruce Landsberg has served as executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation since 1992. Jack Webb, who played the matter-of-fact Los Angeles cop in the long-gone Dragnet television series, routinely used to growl his line, "Just the facts, ma'am" to witnesses, solving some heinous crime quickly within the show's 30-minute running time.

Take it off

Article | May 01, 2007

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg is always pleasantly surprised when the aircraft flies. It's not often that pilots reject a takeoff.

Landmark Accidents: Three Strikes

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

When is it reasonable to decide that the weather just isn't cooperating and it's time to rethink your entire approach (pun intended)? Weather changes constantly and requires both controllers and pilots to keep up. How much experience should a pilot have before attempting approaches to minimums? What role does air traffic control play in leading a pilot down the primrose path to destruction? The first two questions pilots must answer for themselves, and a U.S.

Pattern elan

Article | Mar 01, 2007

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg likes tight traffic patterns. It's my pleasure to live under the traffic pattern of a general aviation airport.

Overhauling Part 61

Article | Feb 01, 2007

Bruce Landsberg has served as executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation since 1995. The musician and songwriter Frank Zappa once said, "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." The cynical Zappa obviously had no encounter with the FAA — or perhaps he did.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: An Inconvenient Departure

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

We've always been told that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but when terrain intervenes, the long way around may be the only way around. Although this Landmark Accident happened to a professional jet crew, the lessons apply to all who fly at night, whether VFR or IFR.

Guilty before trial

Article | Dec 01, 2006

Bruce Landsberg has led the AOPA Air Safety Foundation since 1992. Aviation was, once again, in negative headlines this fall after the Cory Lidle crash that occurred after an apparent sightseeing trip up New York City's East River corridor.

Wrong runway

Article | Nov 01, 2006

Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg is a 5,000-plus-hour ATP. The accident involving Comair 5191, the Bombardier Regional Jet that attempted to launch in late August from a short runway in Lexington, Kentucky, is still under investigation.

Autopilot supermen

Article | Oct 01, 2006

Bruce Landsberg has been executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation for the past 14 years. As we move into increasingly sophisticated aircraft with more data, more glass, and more speed, what role should an autopilot (AP) play? You wouldn't think that a great laborsaving device like the autopilot could create such a diversity of opinions.

Landmark Accidents: A Fix Too Far

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Knowing where you are when operating in instrument conditions close to the ground, such as during an approach, is of the highest priority. Out of tens of thousands of IFR approaches flown in real weather each year, only a few end in disaster.

Human nature vs. hardware

Article | Aug 01, 2006

Bruce Landsberg is the executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. I'm always amused when "inquiring minds" want to know why the industry, the FAA, or somebody hasn't done something about the ongoing issue that pilot error consistently accounts for 75 percent of all accidents.

Bold steps

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg is a 5,000-hour-plus ATP. Some pilots and pundits have expressed skepticism about technically advanced aircraft (TAA) and their inherent systems.

Landmark Accidents: Working a Hole

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

As we fly along here in midconvective season, it is especially important to understand what assistance air traffic control (ATC) can provide when it comes to dealing with thunderstorms. Based on recent accident records, there seems to be some confusion about what pilots can expect from ATC.

Tired?

Article | May 01, 2006

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg is a 5,000-hour-plus ATP. The great football coach Vince Lombardi said, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." The phrase also is attributed to Gen.

Making gumbo

Article | Apr 01, 2006

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg served in the U.S. Air Force as a missile launch officer.