Learning Experiences

November 2000 Issue

Educational Trip

‘As we reached 80 knots. I realized to my dismay that we were actually on a taxiway’

In early September I crashed and destroyed my Aerostar. Fortunately, there were no injuries. I have benefited over the years from the reports of other pilot’s mistakes, and I wanted to share my report of the accident.

For background, I have a commercial license and multiengine and instrument ratings. I have about 3,550 civilian hours and 2,650 Aerostar hours. Every year I attend simulator-based recurrent training and am FAA “Wings” Level Five. My first flying experience was with the U.S. Navy, where I flew F-8 and RF-8 Crusader jets for about 1,200 hours, including one tour in Vietnam and 332 carrier landings.

I had purchased the airplane, which we affectionately called White Kite, mor...

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