Blackbird Rising

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Great picture of an SR-71 by Gary Jones of Clovis, New Mexico. I found this photo on avweb, a great independent website for the aviation community. Avweb also has an e-newsletter
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2006 Safer than 2005

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From AOPA’s e-pilot…
external image 071221nall.jpg The downward trend continues for general aviation accidents. The number of accidents per 100,000 flight hours decreased from 7.19 in 1997 to an all-time low of 6.32 in 2006, while the fatal accident rate dropped 7.4 percent during the same time frame, according to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s just-released 2007 . The report provides an overview of the GA accident statistics, trends, and contributing factors from the previous year. “Even with a slight uptick in the number of hours flown in 2006 as compared to 2005, pilots are flying fewer hours than they did five years ago,” said Bruce Landsberg, AOPA Air Safety Foundation executive director. “But the accident rate shows pilots are flying safer.” Read more on AOPA Online.”

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Flying Safety for Dummies

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Don’t fly when the birds are walking…
Don’t be the topic of the next safety seminar…
Use superior judgment to avoid the use of superior skill…
You can only tie the low altitude record…
Stay in the middle of the air, avoid the edges and associated sharp drop off…
Always leave an hour of fuel in your tank, as well as the airplane’s tank…
“A man’s gotta know his limitations.” Dirty Harry
“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.” Captain A.G. Lamplugh, 1930
Fuel is cheaper than funerals.
Planning and worrying is best done on the ground. Once you’re in the air it’s too late.
“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” Wilbur Wright
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