November 2006 Issue

Ditching Class

I thoroughly enjoyed Bryan Webster’s recent ditching article ("Top Five Ditching Myths," September 2006). I flew single-engine planes from Aruba in the ‘50s and ‘60s. When leaving on any overwater flight, I would take the time to climb to 10,000 feet or so while circling, before heading out over the water. Of course, this minimized the likelihood of having to ditch after an engine failure. …

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