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Seven Years Back

I used to have half a dozen photographs of this crash. The fellow who sold me our plane sent them to me. He knows I am always thinking about walking away from a forced landing. This one was just so … Continue reading

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Never Bent

I’m pretty sure when I mention to people that I fly a small plane the first thing they think of is a small plane crashing. That’s when the little planes make the news, so that’s probably what is in their … Continue reading

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Why Engines Fail

As mentioned in many other posts, I fly along waiting for my engine to fail. That was an integral part of my training: always have an emergency landing location picked out. The whole way from airport to airport. (And, subsequently, … Continue reading

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Top Twenty-Five Mistakes Pilots Make

On Tuesday (April 8 2013) I flew down to Air Flite at Long Beach and took a FAA Safety Team seminar “The Twenty-five Biggest Mistakes Pilots Make.” It was put on by the Pilot Safety Institute, and the speaker was Gary … Continue reading

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Three New Rules for Landing at Night

We had what Nell says was our biggest scare in the airplane, the closest we have come to an accident by pilot error. So now have three new rules for landing at night: Co-pilot always confirms the runway. Always load … Continue reading

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Is this safe?

I believe the risks I take are justified by the sheer love of the life I lead. ― Charles A. Lindbergh When I talk to people about flying in the little plane, or suggest we go somewhere in it, they often ask … Continue reading

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