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Trimmed Stalls

Some years ago I was deposed as an expert witness in the case of an aircraft accident. The aircraft manufacturer was being sued over a fatal accident where the airplane's cabin door had popped open just after takeoff and the airplane stalled.

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To Err Is Human

On April 27, 2000, a Canadian commercial helicopter pilot (who was also a helicopter flight instructor) took off with a maintenance engineer in a Bell 206 from an airport in Quebec to perform a test flight. Five minutes later, they disappeared from radar. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada determined (rather quickly) that the main rotor hub and rotor blades had departed the aircraft in flight.

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Theories: Small World Meets Big Sky

On Monday July 1, two large commercial jets -- both flying IFR under ATC control, and both equipped with functioning electronic collision avoidance systems -- collided in rarified air some 35,000 feet over Germany... think it couldn't happen to you?

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The Bright Side

The air was absolutely still save for the far-off putter of an O-320 Lycoming at low power. A Cessna 172 hung silhouetted against high, scattered clouds stained yellow by the rising sun.

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