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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.

Strictly business

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

As the executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, Bruce Landsberg often flies GA on business. One of the great attributes of general aviation is the ability to travel easily and conveniently, something that is, unfortunately, becoming a thing of the past on the airlines.

The great airplane chainsaw massacre

Article | Aug 01, 2005

I probably irritated a friend who's in the airplane business by noting what a nice bunch of chainsaws he had for sale. The metaphor referring to a useful but potentially dangerous tool fits airplanes quite well.

Landmark Accidents: Midlevel Mayhem

Article | Jul 01, 2005

It's hard not to feel sorry for yourself when getting bumped by building cumulus clouds at 10,000 feet and longing for the flight levels. I've often thought that another 10,000 feet would make a flight much easier and safer.

Safety Pilot: The Way to Fly

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

How safe is flight in today's general aviation America and where is it headed? Preliminary numbers for 2004 indicate, according to the NTSB, that it will be one of the safest years on record — but looking at a single year is not descriptive of the safety picture. Even a few years don't necessarily tell the full story.

Death in the afternoon

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

AOPA ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg generally has had happy landings. Ernest Hemingway's 1932 novel about bullfighting was controversial in its time as readers and reviewers differed on the meaning and on Hemingway's regard for the sport — or the organized destruction of animals, if you prefer.

Landmark Accidents: Aspen Arrival

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

It's an unfortunate aviation paradox that a strong desire to reach a destination sometimes means never getting there. Mountainous terrain and deteriorating weather always complicate arrivals, and Aspen, Colorado, is known to be challenging.

Not-so-happy landings

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

AOPA ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg generally has had happy landings. Landings are easy when you know how.

Staying in the loop

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg is adapting to TAA. The hot ticket these days is technologically advanced aircraft, or TAA, as the FAA has dubbed airplanes with at least a GPS navigator, multifunction display, and an autopilot.

Wrecked wreck

Article | Jan 01, 2005

Bruce Landsberg, executive director of Air Safety Foundation, still believes that good maintenance is a sound investment. We've all seen aircraft that are better left parked.

Weather forecast

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, executive director of AOPA ASF, talks about weather constantly and attends meetings to do something about it. Most pilots have heard that weather is a leading cause of fatal accidents.

Terrain Tactics: Going to Jackson

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, has flown light aircraft in mountainous terrain many times. The Grand Tetons are spectacular as mountain ranges go.

Landmark Accidents: Much More Than a Bad Day

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Pilots have to demonstrate mastery of basic airmanship and as they move up the ranks in certificates and ratings, flight checks provide an opportunity to evaluate those skills. Professional pilots flying for charter or the airlines are under closer scrutiny than those who fly for personal reasons.

Practical standards

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, has observed a few flights that didn't quite meet the PTS. Recently I engaged some friends at the FAA in a not-so-philosophical discussion regarding the practical test standards (PTS) as a guide to pilot proficiency.

Going bump in the night

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, makes a practice of flying well above the MEF at night. Last month we discussed night-VFR cross-country accidents and invited you to the accident analysis section of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation Web site to look at the record for yourself.

Beware the Dark Side

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, ASF executive director, flies VFR at night using IFR-like procedures. Sir Alec Guinness, as Jedi Knight Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi, advised young Luke Skywalker in the original 1977 Star Wars movie to beware the dark temptations of the human personality.

GPS - going beyond 'Direct-To'

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg has served the AOPA Air Safety Foundation as executive director since May 1992. Thousands of pages have been written on the marvels of GPS.

Near misses with boomers

Article | May 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, Air Safety Foundation executive director, has spent years studying Thor's handiwork. It's thunderstorm season once again and throughout the magazine you will see plenty of references to why messing around in the big clouds is a bad idea (see "Wx Watch: Storm Season Insights," page 123).

First-flight fiascos

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, ASF executive director, has had more than a few surprises on first flights after maintenance. This column is not about the trials suffered by the brothers Wright to bring us into the age of aviation but rather a reminder to be suspicious of any aircraft when it is returned to service from any maintenance encounter.

The driving fallacy

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Bruce Landsberg, ASF executive director, has taught dozens to fly and confused thousands. "If you can drive a car, you can fly an airplane." It was a great marketing idea concocted during one of general aviation's golden ages.

Cirrus safety

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg flew the Cirrus SR22 and found it to be different. Cirrus Design proved that pilots want new airplanes that look good, go fast, and are comfortable and affordable.

Why VFR into IMC?

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2004

ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg tells it like it is by filing pireps when he flies. Some accidents aren't.

Old friends

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg remembers good times with old friends. Rare is the aviator who does not feel some kinship with the machines that make flight possible.

Trust but verify

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Bruce Landsberg is the executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Former President Reagan's admonishment in dealing with foreign adversaries — trust but verify — certainly applies to pilots and controllers.