May 2016 Issue

High-Risk Flights

We flirt with increased risk because we either ignore the obvious or fail to consider more subtle hazards.

General aviation pilots all too often routinely undertake flights in the face of obvious or hidden hazards. In too many cases, such pilots come to grief because they ignored obvious risks or failed to identify, assess and mitigate subtle risks. The key to addressing these hazards is to do a proper risk assessment, mitigate these risks and then decide whether you’re ready to accept the remaining risk.

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