April 2008 Issue

Aircraft Awakenings

Getting back in the game after you and your plane have spent a winter hibernating really only means taking some time for planning and review.

Now that winter snows have passed and the foliage is turning green, itís time to get out and go flying. If you havenít committed aviation since the seasonís first snowfall, itís going to take some effort to get both you and your craft ready to go. You might presume when pilots go out to resume flying in the spring after a winter hiatus thereís an increase of certain kinds of accidents. An examination of the accident records for 1996 and 1997 and again for 2003 just didnít show any patterns. Runway loss of control (RLOC) accidents account for a significant portion of general aviation accidents throughout the year but thereís no particular spike during the months many of us are out trying to knock off the rust. If there is an increase of RLOC accidents in the spring, itís lost in the noise of the overall increase in flying.

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