The Killing Zone

The Killing Zone

How and Why Pilots Die

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
"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.

McGraw Hill
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.

Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, 2001
Description: viii, 323 p
ISBN: 9780071362696
Branch Call Number: 629.13252 Cra


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May 07, 2018

In 2016 a prominent federal and provincial politician in Canada died in an small plane crash. The accident investigation report concluded that the pilot, who had instrument flying training, experienced "spatial disorientation" resulting in "controlled flight into terrain" (CFIT). I found this puzzling: how could a pilot become disoriented while facing an instrument panel? In clear and unequivocal language, Paul A. Craig explains this situation, and many others, that take pilots (and their passengers) into "the killing zone". This book should be compulsory reading for all novice pilots (and the prospective passengers with pilots with low hours of flying experience and instrument flying training). Craig points out differences in pilot certification regulations between the United States, Canada, and Europe.


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May 07, 2018

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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