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December 2010 Issue

Five Diversion Details

Choosing a divert airport isnít rocket science, but here are five things you need to consider before making a bad situation a worse one.

Some days are like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall: Youíve planned well, the airplane is ready and fueled, youíre fit to fly the tripÖonly the trip isnít ready for you. Best-laid plans and all that, but along the way something changed. You have to divert. You need a new plan. Maybe itís because Mother Nature threw up a wall with swirling black clouds spelling out, "Go away!" or spread soft-but-deadly IFR scud on the flight path of the VFR pilot. Maybe someone landing at your destination forgot to put down the gear before flaring above the airportís only runway. The Fates can deal up a common ground loop or any one of a dozen other ways to effectively mark a big white "X" on your destinationís runway.

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