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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.

Safety Pilot: Landmark Accidents: Three strikes

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. In aviation, after a critical foul-up you might get another chance.

Safety Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

Ever wonder why the career piloting hierarchy is structured the way it is? The most experienced pilots fly the best equipment, often in the most benign environment. Has it always been so or is this a more recent phenomenon? Does it have an effect on safety? It’s tough to say, but after the Colgan accident in February 2009 a lot of energy was directed at the training process (see “Safety Pilot: A Personal and Systemic Failure,” May 2010 AOPA Pilot).

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Calm in chaos

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Overlooking basic things is the cause of many accidents. Fail to set a critical cockpit control for takeoff and takeoff doesn’t occur.