December 2001 Issue

Experienced, But How?

Fear of icing leads experienced pilot to try VFR flight into foggy, rainy mountainous terrain

[IMGCAP(1)] Being a responsible pilot means there are a lot of things you can’t take for granted. Proficiency, maintenance, charts, briefings, inspections, review and judgment are all routine parts of the game.

Some people play it well and play it to win. Some play it to have fun or pass the time. Some play because they think they should. Some shouldn’t play at all, but do.

Accidents that involve the latter group are easy for more serious pilots to dismiss. They reason that by virtue of a more businesslike approach they are immune from many of the troubles that befall their unfortunate brethren.

As you go up the aviation hierarchy to more flying hours, more ratings and bigger airpl...

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