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A jet goes down

This week a Phenom 100 business jet crashed about a mile from the Gaithersburg, Maryland, Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI) runway. The jet plunged into a house with a young mother and two children inside who perished along with the pilot and two passengers. Annually, there are very few off-airport ground fatalities, which make these accidents dramatic and newsworthy. No […] Read More

December 10, 2014

Electro-vision

Last time we talked about a VFR training flight that tangled with mountainous terrain in the dark, and there was some discussion regarding synthetic vision or syn-vis. I had recommended the old-fashioned way of looking at the chart, VFR or IFR, to determine the Maximum Elevation Figure (MEF) or the Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA) and Off […] Read More

December 4, 2014

Mountains 1—Aircraft 0 (Again)

Despite the flippant headline, there is always tragedy with controlled flight into terrain or CFIT accidents. It remains a steady fatality producer with highly lethal results. The accident in question occurred last week in southwestern Virginia and is in the preliminary stage of investigation. My usual caveats and disclaimers apply concerning conclusions. The night VFR training […] Read More

November 20, 2014

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