The Killing Zone
How and Why Pilots DieBook - 2001
"This survival guide for beginning pilots with experience ranging from 50-350 hours clearly explains the top twelve pilot killers and how to avoid them"-Provided by publisher.
This literal survival guide for new pilots identifies "the killing zone," the 40-250 flight hours during which unseasoned aviators are likely to commit lethal mistakes. Presents the statistics of how many pilots will die in the zone within a year; calls attention to the eight top pilot killers (such as "VFR into IFR," "Takeoff and Climb"); and maps strategies for avoiding, diverting, correcting, and managing the dangers. Includes a Pilot Personality Self-Assessment Exercise that identifies pilot "types" and how each type can best react to survive the killing zone.
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This tough-to-read book examines the 12 most common circumstances that lead to fatal crashes by novice pilots. Each type is illustrated by examples from National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation reports. Then the author, Paul A. Craig, explains the precautions and preventive actions that should have been taken to reduce the risk in the circumstances. Craig examines the psychological characteristics that motivate people to become pilots - and how some of those characteristics predispose to risk-taking. A Pilot Personality Self-Assessment Exercise is provided (p. 284). The book concludes with an essay on the characteristics of and promotion of "airmanship". The book is illustrated with many bar graphs; some black and white photographs and simple line drawings; and an index. Paul A. Craig is a longtime pilot, flight instructor, and aviation educator and author. A Gold Seal Multi-engine Flight Instructor and twice FAA District Flight Instructor of the Year, Craig has spoken widely to flight instructors and others on improving flight training and safety. He designed and conducted a research project on pilot decision-making and flight training which became the basis for this book.
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