August 2008 Issue

Witching Days

I had just finished reading the latest edition and was mentally commenting on how professional a journal you put to publication. I have been particularly impressed with how hard you try to get the message of keeping sharp on one’s skills—especially during the changing seasons when one may have laid off flying and have become "rusty" in both his skills and knowledge. Shortly thereafter, I began browsing the Internet for news updates and, to my amazement, began seeing headlines of GA accidents amounting to 13 souls lost over the June 28-29 weekend: Five were lost in Santa Rosa, N.M., aboard a Cessna 206), four north of Birmingham, Ala., in a Beech Travel Air, and four more near Las Vegas, Nev., in a Cherokee Six. I couldn’t help but wonder "why?" Why so many in so short a time? Were these pilots not on top of their game? Did some need a refresher session with a seasoned CFI?

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