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Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: I think we’re alone now

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

It is often the flimsiest circumstances that bring two aircraft together. This non-fatal mishap is not the usual VFR-into-IMC, descent-below- minimums, midair collision, thunderstorm, or icing-related accident, but rather a series of relatively common events that by themselves meant little.

Safety Pilot: A personal and systemic failure

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

For the general aviation pilot who might be contemplating an airline career, the Colgan Air Q400 (Dash 8) accident in Buffalo in February 2009 may have some far-reaching consequences. An ATP certificate or some academic/experiential equivalent is under consideration for new hires.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

With apologies to my long-suffering blog readers, who have read much of this before, a topic that riles many pilots is the antics of others in nontowered-airport traffic patterns. There are times when patterns become saturated.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Attitude or altitude?

Article | Mar 01, 2010

Pilot attitude is, perhaps even to a greater degree than skill, an accurate predictor of an unhappy outcome. This month’s Landmark Accident is a testament to the adage that haste makes waste, and that the laws of aerodynamics apply equally to all pilots, regardless of their station in life.

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Article | Feb 01, 2010

In-flight breakups are extremely rare in all models of aircraft when they are operated inside the approved flight envelope. Outside the design limits anything can be broken and no one is surprised.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

“Don’t just do something. Sit there!” That’s what my Mom used to say when bad things were about to happen without intelligent intervention.

Safety Pilot: Landmark Accidents

Article | Dec 08, 2009

Never forget that as comfortable as our glass cockpits are and as experienced as we might be, any chair that moves faster than 15 knots should be treated with great respect. The accident in this story is ironic in that it occurred to a pair of highly experienced Civil Air Patrol (CAP) pilots with more than 50,000 hours of flight experience between them.

Safety Pilot: Student again

Article | Nov 02, 2009

As Will Rogers said about people, I really haven’t met an airplane I didn’t like. Some were more likeable than others, but they’ve all had socially and aerodynamically redeeming qualities.

Safety Pilot: Mapping the mind

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Beyond voyeurism the best reason to investigate an accident is to learn how to keep from doing it again. Dozens of brilliant quotes relate to the human ability to screw up and why, in some circles, it’s considered a good idea.

Safety Pilot: Truth in performance

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

Don’t believe everything you read. Section 5 in the General Aviation Manufacturers (GAMA)-format pilot operating handbook (POH) is where the takeoff and landing distances, time to climb, fuel burn, and most other performance numbers reside.