July 1999 Issue

When Tips Tap

Attempted go around after prop strike spells trouble for overloaded Cessna twin

Some flights just donít seem to go right. Your tongue turns to mush when you key the mic. You keep chasing altitude and canít quite get the trim set right. Your dyslexia acts up every time you read back a frequency.

Training and attitude help keep the bad flights away and hold the mistakes to a minimum, but recent experience Ė the mark of a proficient pilot Ė may be the single biggest determinant of how easily you can keep misfortune at bay.

Recent experience means more than just how many hours youíve logged lately. To be truly proficient, you have to revisit your operating handbook from time to time to review critical speeds and procedures. Check the weight and balance occasionally, e...

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