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Features January 2013 Issue

Stupid PIlot Tricks

Pilots don’t normally try to be amusing. But when it comes to providing fodder for the NTSB reports, well, sometimes we’re downright hilarious.

As another year dawns bright on aviation’s horizon it’s time to glance back with jaundiced eye at what our fellow pilots have accomplished in the you-won’t-believe-this department. Each year we scour the latest NTSB accident/incident reports for which probable cause has been determined and cherry pick those aviators who’ve made the supreme effort to ding a wing or to go the extra mile on the last whiff of avgas. We seek the best of the worst—the crème de l’buffoons—who’ve taken pranging airplanes to new lows and survived. We’ll analyze 2009, but given that we pilots try the same spar-bending antics over and over again, hoping for different results (the very definition of insanity), this could be from any year.

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