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  1. This chap offers a lengthy analysis of his (not very) near miss in the circuit at Sleap airfield, Shropshire. If you don't have 20 mins to give it, there's a brief discussion of Electronic Conspicuity devices (Pilot Aware /SkyEcho) at 11.30 for a minute or two.
  2. Legals are a luxury for the living, which, thanks to the Cirrus chute, is everyone in this case ;- )
  3. To me the Denver midair shows again that 'see and avoid' and 'a proper lookout' while good and necessary are not sufficient, even when alerted to danger - in this case by the tower. How often do we need to be told that the best of scans are blocked by solid objects, often in crucial directions. A scan of a screen display (for nearby threats) - even in the circuit - need be no more distracting than a glance in your mirrors when driving. Nobody suggests mirrors are dangerous or 'useless' on motor vehicles - though, to be sure, fixating on one could be. Mirrors show us what no amount of p
  4. One story doing the rounds is that this Cirrus pilot was a student type - on his first solo. (Though another mentioned a pax.) Amazing that the Metroliner held together and that its control cables stayed in control. Close parallel runways like that must be a real hazard. The Cirrus pilot did report the Metroliner in sight at one point but his attention would have then moved on to the threshold. Maybe he forgot that he was cleared for 17R and was lining up on the left one.
  5. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/plane-crash-denver-centennial-airport-mid-air-collision-parachute-2021-5?r=US&IR=T
  6. https://airfactsjournal.com/2021/05/wolfgang-langewiesche-on-pilot-proficiency/
  7. And now for a Soviet entrant in the rejected aircraft stakes, the M15 Belfegor. The jet powered ag wagon was supposed to replace the old-fashioned AN-2 in the role but some of the few that were eventually made went straight to museums, while the AN-2 is still doing the job to this day. These Polish videos come with english subtitles when watched on YouTube:
  8. This video gives an idea of normal DC6 ops at what appears to be the same strip. It suggests that a close terrain following approach was SOP there. I reckon that berm of gravel hidden in the bushes at the threshold was the unexpected factor that spoiled their day. The hill hugging glide-slope is reminiscent of the famous RWY10 approach at St. Barths in the Caribbean (below)
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