Learning Experiences

March 2005 Issue

Learning Experiences: 03/05

Airsick Airmanship
We all joke about passengers “getting sick” in the plane, but what does this risk truly mean in terms of safety and airmanship? I just learned a valuable lesson about both on a recent flight with another pilot.

I was demonstrating high-performance maneuvers associated with single-pilot aerial photography (my hobby-business, which pays for my flying) to him when I realized that the relaxed conversation had evaporated. We had just completed a steep-bank orbit around the photo subject and I was returning in a moderate steep turn back to the site to make sure I had not missed anything. I did not think too much about the lapsed conversation, but continued with...

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