In the latest video, Real Pilot Story: Hidden Hazard, pilot Dan Bass reflects on a haunting flight in his Mooney when he was overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning and lost consciousness while airborne, AOPA officials noted.
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The report notes an increase in total accidents from 1,050 in 2020 to 1,124 in 2021, including 202 fatal accidents. However, 4 million additional flight hours — compared to the previous year — helped offset the increase in accidents, according to AOPA officials.
“How to Depart Safely in Low IMC offers tips on using tools to stay clear of obstacles when visibility is low,” said ASI Senior Director Paul Deres.
Air Safety Institute officials note that as they renewed the electronic Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC) with the FAA, “we took the opportunity to incorporate fresh scenarios, including new videos and images.”
AOPA President Mark Baker flew the Baron for one hour with G100UL feeding the left engine and 100LL in the right. He said the performance of the two engines was nearly identical and “the Baron flew beautifully.”
The aviation community is remembering Richard McSpadden, senior vice president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Air Safety Institute, who died in a plane crash Oct. 1, 2023, near Lake Placid, New York.
“Managing Weather Deviations offers tips on safely navigating around adverse weather,” said Air Safety Institute Senior Director Paul Deres.
After an aircraft accident that claimed the lives of friends, Paul Burger made a commitment to help others avoid the same tragedy. Since then he’s donated almost $1 million and countless hours to general aviation safety.
“Warm Weather IFR Planning with ForeFlight offers insightful tips to help identify weather that could interrupt our flight by looking at various tools readily available during the planning process,” said ASI Senior Director Paul Deres. “For example, selecting the IFR flight category overlay in ForeFlight gives us a birds-eye view of current weather across the region and helps us anticipate conditions we can expect for our flight.”