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Features January 2015 Issue

Stupid Pilot Tricks

Stupid Pilot Tricks

Those who've slipped the surly bonds of common sense with amusing (to us) aeronotical antics are fair game in this annual depthless study of things not to do with an aircraft

Like the (un?)welcome holiday letter from distant edges of your family, it’s again time to see how the GA family has fared in our annual Safety-Takes-A-Holiday review. The rules are simple: Applicants need only do something stupid in an aircraft that results in financial harm but no loss of life. Qualifying lapses in aeronautical decision making (ADM) can occur in IMC or VMC, day or night, with or without a valid pilot certificate and in anything that flies—legally or not. Boneheaded stunts must be verified by the NTSB, so we’re using calamities from 2011, the most recent with NTSB-posted “probable cause.” No, we don’t make this stuff up.

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