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Space Shuttle Airspace

When an unauthorized airplane interrupts a Space Shuttle launch the results can be dangerous and expensive -- both to NASA and the pilot -- but the occurrence isn't as uncommon as you might think.

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See and Avoid -- There's More

Recently this column focused on the collision between a Cessna 172 and a Piper Cheyenne just west of the Denver Class B airspace. Five aboard the two airplanes died in the tragedy; six on the ground were hurt, and at least two homes were heavily damaged.

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See and Avoid

I knew the pilot of the Piper Cheyenne turboprop that January 24 collided with a Cessna 172 near Denver. Midair collision -- it's a terrifying prospect. Running into another airplane, followed by an uncontrollable descent to the earth, may be the greatest fear among general aviation pilots.

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Runaway: When Hand Propping Goes Bad

In my years as a pilot, I’ve had some bad days. I’ve been socked in, hundreds of miles from home, stuck to the ground by hard IFR. I’ve had instruments fail in flight, minor electrical problems ... even an instructor that seemed intent on killing me...

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Rain, Cold and Fuel Caps

They say every accident is the result of an unlikely chain of events: On a Friday afternoon, a student and a flight instructor prepared for a flight lesson.

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