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Features January 2020 Issue

Stupid Pilot Tricks

Stupid Pilot Tricks

Here’s the takeaway right up front: Don’ try these at home, or anywhere, for that matter. Laugh with us as we point our holier-than-thou fingers at some amusing antics.

Sure as the BRS Save-O’-The-Month calendar flips to a new year, we here at the Department of Self-Righteous Finger Pointing, present the best of the dumbest ways pilots have contributed to keeping the skies safe by rendering as many aircraft as possible unairworthy. Today, we review the year 2016, which reflected a modest improvement in not crashing but still logged 1627 accident/incidents worthy of NTSB note. That’s 4.46 events per day or roughly one prang every 5.3 hours. As with past Stupid Pilot Tricks, we use NTSB “probable cause” results and don’t report on fatal accidents.

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