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Miami flight school shuts down after fatal midair crash“We can’t live with ourselves; the crash devastated us,” Robert Dean, the flight school’s owner told the Miami Herald Monday afternoon. (www.miamiherald.com) More...
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We're all guilty of flying off to a practice area and maneuvering without fear of colliding even though we scan the area first. Almost all aircraft have blind spots and sometimes it takes more than just looking...it takes communicating too. Prime example...watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzKHhsW_XbM
Life hurts! I'm in South Carolina, the new electronic road signs that I'm sure we paid billions for are reporting over 500 highway deaths so far this year, in South Carolina. Every year around 40,000 persons die in traffic accidents. Hundreds of thousands of people fall off roofs, ladders, crash while skiing, surfing, biking, mountain climbing, or falling on ice and meet serious injury and sometimes death. No one seems to think much about these things, but, but, but an airplane crash leads to endless handwringing, consternation and demands that something be done about it! Somewhere less than 500 fatalities occurred in all of general aviation in 2017. Many years there are zero fatalities in commercial air travel. Flying remains one of the safest activities in the world...and yet, airplane crashes bring out the legions of ambulance chasers, journalists, and officials. Safety is important but its not an absolute. We can't take all the risk out of flying unless we stop flying. Unfortunately, the FAA's relentless drive for zero accidents has nearly destroyed general aviation. The only real growth in general aviation is in business jets. We produced only a little over a thousand piston light planes in this country in 2017. We have lost half of our private pilots in the last twenty five years. Over-regulation and a feral legal industry have done their work well. Yes, I know that the light sport and homebuilts are thriving because they haven't been regulated to death and the lawyers can't get much traction when the plane is licensed as amateur built.
Scott Wiggins, I agree with your post, just one thing here may be misleading. That is "Flying remains one of the safest activities in the world". That is absolutely true for commercial air transport, but for GA (general aviation) picture is little bit different. We are still far from calling flying safe. Comparing to traffic fatal accidents, where we have 40,000 per year, or 1 death in 2,500,000 hours of driving, GA have 500 deaths per year, or 1 in 50,000 flying hours. So, we are still 50x more likely to be involved in lethal accident flying than driving. FAA and NTSB are trying to do something about this, but that is a long battle and place for another topic.
Ratko, you're tight about the numbers, but give me a Cessna over a road car everyday and I'll be happy. I have long maintained that this is an apples to oranges comparison. There are far too many "outside" forces weighing in on aviation as opposed to ground based transportation.
Scott Wiggins, I could not agree more with your viewpoint and analysis. Thanks.
Human life is a terminal, sexually transmitted condition.