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Wind Socked

At about 11 AM, just as I arrived to fly an R-22 into a cool blue March sky out of Frederick, Maryland, a pilot proved once again that when you consider all weather phenomena, it is winds which are the cause of many accidents. As I was waiting for the instructor to return with his student and the helicopter, I heard a cacophony of sirens, but I just figured that it was coming from one of the local roads nearby. They weren't.

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When Your Com Goes Silent

STUFF HAPPENS WHEN WE FLY. Whether that stuff is exciting (like an engine failure), or it's just a distraction (like the failure of a radio), how we react to the event frequently determines whether it becomes a big deal, or an event easily corrected.

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When Your Airplane Becomes A Glider

Engine failure is rare (and usually the result of poor fuel management), but if you ever find yourself sitting behind a stopped prop -- with concurrent heart stoppage -- don't forget the most important fact: at least the wings are still attached.

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When Screaming Won’t Help

Problem: The Federal Aviation Regulations cover two-way communication failure quite nicely, but a total electrical failure can give you a nice front row seat in purgatory.

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