February 2005 Issue

Extra Attention

The NTSB has several (too many, actually...) categories it uses to classify aviation incidents and accidents. Among them is the catch-all phrase “improper IFR,” which the Board usually uses to describe a pilot executing procedures you won’t find in the Aeronautical Information Manual. But there is no similar category for controllers who, for whatever reason, provide substandard and/or confusing service to pilots clearly suffering under a high workload. A good example of how the “improper IFR” label can be applied to controllers as well as pilots—simultaneously—occurred on January 23, 2003, when a Cirrus SR-20 collided with power lines near San Jose, Calif. The Private pilot/owner was kille...

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