Features

July 2001 Issue

Too Fast, Too Slow

A fast approach produces a go-around, but a gentle hand on the throttle leads to tragedy

Aviation is full of mysteries. Perhaps rooted in reality, they take on an almost mythical air about them. Pilots “know” they are true, without being able to justify that position and without really knowing where that knowledge came from.

The downwind turn, operating lean of peak and flying on “the step” have all been part of that aviation lore – and in fact may be so still for some pilots.

The fact is that many pilots treat their airplanes like it’s a complex remote control for a big screen TV. They know only enough about its operation to meet their anticipated daily needs. Instead of studying the book on the airplane and engine, they put their effort into learning to fly instrument a...

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