May 2017 Issue

Know Thy Cargo

Just because non-commercial operators can legally carry stuff that isnít allowed on an airliner doesnít mean we donít need to take some precautions.

Out flying about here in Idaho, itís amazing the kind of useful cargo that gets thrown into a typical personal airplane. Personally, Iíve flown white gas, propane, butane, isobutene, bear spray, flares, magnesium metal, petroleum jelly-soaked cotton, windproof matches, fire starter, resin wood, radioactive materials, guns and ammunition. And thatís just my emergency kit. I also usually carry (mostly) full tanks of aviation fuel and an engine filled with oil. You probably do, also.

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