July 2000 Issue

The Front Lines

Flight instructors and Designated Pilot Examiners should lead the battle in accident prevention

The new private pilot was on fourth flight with passengers in a Cessna 172. In his first landing attempt he was long and went around. During the process the airplane was observed performing strangely.

On the second attempt the pilot again landed long and again attempted to go-around. He added full power but did not retract the flaps from fully extended, whereupon the aircraft pitched up, stalled and crashed.

The two long landings were bad enough, implying both inadequate training and substandard proficiency, but the problem had even deeper roots. The NTSB investigator found only two entries in the pilotís logbook regarding go-around training. Both were pre-solo. The pilot also had n...

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