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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.

Landmark Accidents: Dark and Stormy Night

News release | Mar 01, 2006

There are some nights when it's just better to be on the ground. But airline crews often have little choice about when and where they fly.

Do the right thing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

Bruce Landsberg, ASF's executive director, is a CFII who has been making aeronautical decisions for more than 30 years. Want to get into trouble in an aircraft? There's no better way to do it faster than to make poor decisions.

Cape Cod caper

Article | Jan 01, 2006

ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg flies general aviation often for business. Cape Cod is renowned for prodigious fog.

Landmark Accidents: Down and Locked

Article | Dec 01, 2005

Pilots, like doctors, should take the Hippocratic oath: When faced with an emergency, don't make the situation worse — do no harm. It sometimes happens that we turn a minor mishap into a major accident.

There is no safety in politics

Article | Nov 01, 2005

Bruce Landsberg, ASF executive director, has reported on the safety of general aviation since 1992. Inform and engage or inflame and enrage? The general media's some-times-schizophrenic personality periodically affects aviation safety.

Landmark Accidents: Radar Service Terminated

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

One of the great things about learning to fly in Florida is the wonderful weather. One of the more challenging aspects is that everyone else likes flying there too.