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Features October 2017 Issue

Seriously Bad IFR Flight

If only our hapless pilot had gone in search of better weather...

Seriously Bad IFR Flight

If at first you don’t fail, try, try … and, then, try, try again. This is the story of an IFR Bonanza pilot who refused to accept success, even though failure was so very much work.

Each year I pore through between 1500 and 2000 NTSB accident/incident reports searching for bonehead pilots who heed the siren’s call of stupidity and invent creative means of destroying a variety of aircraft without killing anyone. To walk the “Stupid Pilot Tricks” red carpet requires a willingness to ignore good airmanship and, frankly, dance with fools.

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