https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/06180921/BobFlyingwide.jpg 600 800 Bob Claypool https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Bob Claypool2011-10-17 10:41:172016-02-27 09:43:59Older pilots are safe pilots
Much has been said lately about the relative safety of senior pilots. After the Reno Air Race crash, many people asked if the age of the pilot might have had anything to do with the tragedy. With 84 years, 65 since my first solo, behind me, I have some strong feelings about the subject.
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When the Ercoupe came out in the 1940s, everybody thought it would set a new standard for both simple flying and safety. It was stall-resistant and spin-proof and the controls were interconnected. There were no rudder pedals, just a wheel and throttle to use in controlling the airplane. When the dust settled, the Ercoupe had a worse safety record than contemporary two-place airplanes.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/06181027/13-Cessna-414-Cockpit-Night.jpg 839 1277 Richard Collins https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Richard Collins2011-07-29 23:25:092016-02-27 09:41:18Opinion: NTSB’s ten most wanted list
“Improve general aviation safety” is on a recently issued National Transportation Safety Board list of ten things that it wants to do. Funny they should mention that. It was on my father’s list when he started Air Facts in 1938, it has been on my list since I joined him in 1958, and I guess you would now say that it is on my bucket list.