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Phil Perry

Gen. Aviation Safety Council report April 20`19

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( This GASCo report includes a link to the AAIB Accident report listing, 3 - 2019  ( press 'READ MORE' Twice for the full AAIB report )

 

MORE LOSS OF CONTROL FATALITIES - TWO FIXED WING AND ONE ROTARY, PLUS ONE UNUSUAL FATAL ACCIDENT TYPE
As always it's Loss Of Control (LOC) that kills most of us.  For fixed wing it's usually a loss of flying speed at low level and for rotary it's usually pressing on in difficult weather into inadvertent IMC.  The March AAIB bulletin reports the deaths of three pilots and one passenger and the serious injury of another passenger in these all too familiar circumstances. 
 
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I suspect the accident rate will infact rise over the coming years. The addition of technology into the cockpit will further reduce the general handling skills of pilots and introduce unnecessary distractions. 

A pilot should be comfortable in getting into their aircraft and flying it without the aid of written checklists or by reference to any flight instruments. This includes all

phases of VFR flight and manoeuvres. Im not saying technology makes flying dangerous, it’s the lack of underlying handling skills and lack of training in prioritisation of tasks. The number of videos I’ve seen of pilots looking for traffic on their chosen EFB instead of looking outside, one memorable one was determined to find the traffic on their EFB while their non pilot pax looked outside and spotted the traffic immediately. 

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