Emergencies can happen to any pilot, regardless of experience or level of preparedness. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's latest safety seminar, "Emergency Procedures," is for pilots who want to know what to do if the unthinkable happens to them.
The seminar will debut July 28, at 11:30 a.m. at Oshkosh.
"Most of us like to think we know what we'd do in those rare and critical situations," said Bruce Landsberg, Air Safety Foundation executive director.
"That's not how it plays out in most cases. Many pilots, even experienced ones, do the wrong thing or nothing at all - they become passengers in command."
Seminar attendees will learn about specific emergency situations, such as engine failures and fires, and will receive advice on when the "impossible turn" should be attempted to get back to the runway.
One of the best ways for pilots to learn is from the experience of others. The "Emergency Procedures" seminar includes testimonials from pilots who survived real-life in-flight emergencies.
After being in worst-case scenarios - including a 4-foot snake in the cockpit - and living to tell about it, the pilots will discuss what they did right and what they would never do again.
After Oshkosh, the seminar will be presented at locations across the country. See the Web site for a complete schedule.
July 24, 2006