May 2007 Issue

Ramp Rage

Aviation’s version of road rage can not only lead to doing something stupid, but also to accidents. How it can happen, and what you can do.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you are not the kind of pilot who would intentionally cut off someone off on final. You probably wouldn’t attempt to verbally bully a nervous solo student into rushing her pre-takeoff checklist because your IFR clearance void time is ticking away. But what can you do if you find yourself wingtip to wingtip with such a self-absorbed and potentially dangerous individual?

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