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Features January 2016 Issue

Stupid Pilot Tricks

Stupid Pilot Tricks

We pilots are highly trained and qualified, right? Why, then, do we make such boneheaded blunders? Is our first premise wrong? We dunno either, but some of the blunders are funny.

Each year we pause in the quest for aviation excellence to examine those who’ve boldly gone where others with a mere dram of sense wouldn’t. This review covers 2012, the most recent year for which the NTSB offers probable cause to improbable silliness. Only non-fatal events are covered because we assume it’s bad form to ridicule the dead. Contestants are limited to the USA, because, hell, we invented flight, even though France claims the naming rights. Plus, few other countries offer our freedom to fail.

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