Controlled Flight Into Terrain

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Debrief: Automation misuse

Pilot Magazine | Nov 11, 2014

Last year, during a predawn instrument approach in instrument meteorological conditions, a UPS A300 was destroyed and its crew killed when it struck terrain just short of the runway.

Simulated attack

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Attacking wildfires fires from the air requires a special kind of training, and a California company is teaching these techniques with detailed, simulated scenarios.

Jan. 4, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jan 04, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1 — January 4, 2013 Looking ahead to 2013 Outsmart your chart Fuller’s take on Day One in Washington Quiz Me: Braking action report Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Looking ahead to 2013 This will be a pivotal year for AOPA.

Life-saving revisions to certification rules gain traction

Advocacy | Oct 11, 2012

The goal of cutting certification cost in half while doubling safety has prompted a sea change among regulators once reluctant to consider a comprehensive overhaul of aircraft certification rules and procedures.

AOPA Pilot - 40 Top Technologies: Trivia

Article | Jan 01, 2006

A good idea, but... Here's a roundup of several 1990s general aviation innovations that go to show that what looks good in theory does not always hold up in reality.

GPWS, Meet GPS

Article | Oct 01, 1997

What's the single biggest safety-of-flight threat facing turbine aircraft year after year? It isn't even a contest. Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents overshadow all other categories of mishaps.

CFIT Avoidance Strategies

Article | Oct 01, 1995

A disturbing trend is under way. Accident statistics show an increase in the number of crashes involving pilots who fly into the ground without any apparent awareness and with their airplanes fully functional.