Crash course

Via AOPA:

Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, told New England pilots taking off from large urban areas to “get altitude as quickly as possible” during a speech to the Aero Club of New England. The club each year sponsors a “crash course” …“There is little difference between flight over the Grand Canyon and the canyons of Manhattan. Both benefit from modifying flight routes to minimize exposure to that sort of area,” he said. He also discussed the difference between abnormal situations and emergencies. For example, a landing gear malfunction or an open door is a potential problem, not an emergency. The solution is to get some altitude, get stable, and trouble shoot.

So where do you land when the only choice is an urban area? Landsberg recalled Bob Hoover’s advice to, “Fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.” Avoiding the sudden stop is what’s essential to survival.

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