Legally blind man learning to fly

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Jason DeCamillis of Ypsilanti, Mich., has wanted to learn to fly a plane ever since he was a child. However, he never thought that it would be possible because he is legally blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a progressive condition that slowly affects his peripheral and night vision.

“I have about 20° of central vision now, which some refer to as tunnel vision,” said DeCamillis, a special education teacher and advocate.

Earlier this year, he saw a video online of a pilot who had lost his license due to the same condition, but kept on flying by taking flight lessons.

“I thought, ‘Wow. Maybe I could do the same thing.’ I had just never thought to ask,” DeCamillis said. [Read more…]

Air Safety Institute releases new video on loss-of-control accidents

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new video aimed at improving stall awareness and preventing loss-of-control accidents.

“Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators” delivers a review of angle of attack (AOA), an introduction to the main types of AOA indicators available for general aviation pilots, and an overview of how they can be beneficial in stall awareness and prevention. [Read more…]