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TRAINING & SAFETY

Bird Strike

Real Pilot Story

It was a nice VFR day—not a cloud in the sky—as the twin climbed out of the pattern at Casa Grande, AZ. The pilot was settling down on the last leg of a long cross-country flight from Bartow, Florida to Camarillo, California when he noticed the birds... Experience the pilot coming eye to eye with a four pound red-tailed hawk and how he dealt with the ensuing mayhem his uninvited feathered passenger caused.
Tablet: Compatible
Length: 7 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, Emergency Procedures
FAA WINGS: Not Eligible
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

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This video qualifies for AOPA Accident Forgiveness.