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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.


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.

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.