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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.

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).