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Safety Pilot: Improving GA safety

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

It’s way too early to declare victory in the decades-long struggles to improve general aviation safety, but 2013 was very good in one segment: a drop in non-commercial fixed-wing fatal accidents.

Safety Pilot: The UAS conundrum

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Aircraft that fly without a pilot on board have been called a variety of names—some of them unprintable. Drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are a few.

Safety Pilot: Weather wonder

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

A high overcast in the western sky was rapidly morphing into the angry gray of an approaching cold front.

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.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Perception is not reality

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Too many times we are told that "perception is reality." Perhaps it's true in politics or public relations--but in aviation, reality beats perception every time.

Safety Pilot: Low-impact aerobatics: The Swiss way

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Learning about unusual attitudes—not the pilot’s but the aircraft’s—is an excellent skill and need not be painful. It’s good experience since most of us work hard to avoid them.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Not so easy

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

This accident indicates how multiple factors can conspire to create a tragedy, but the good news is that it only takes one preventive action to break the accident chain.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Pointing fingers

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

This month's Landmark Accident is notable not because of the accident; visual flight into marginal VFR or instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is not as rare as it should be. There are constant reminders by the Air Safety Institute and most aviation publications and websites that this is not a life-prolonging activity. Rather, it was the legal maneuvering afterward that nearly changed the training landscape.

Safety Pilot: Alpha (again)

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

We talk about stalls and slow flight, discuss angle of attack (alpha), attempt to diagram it comprehensively, and yet every year dozens of pilots fail the real-world test and crash as a result of not "getting" it. There have been hundreds of articles, numerous books, and tons of training on the topic. Time to try something different?

Safety Pilot: Transitions

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

“Hey, if it’s got wings, I can fly it.” Well, maybe. With the jet age, some airline pilots had to retire early because they couldn’t make the transition.