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John Zimmerman
Works at Sporty's Pilot Shop
Attended Duke University
Lives in Cincinnati, OH
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My response to USA Today's outrageous article on aviation safety this week. What a missed opportunity.
The headline is so over the top that it looks like a parody. The front page of the USA Today screams "Safety last: lies and coverups mask roots of small-plane carnage." Words like lies and carnage are a dead giveaway that the article to follow will be a hatchet job, not serious journalism, and Thomas Frank’s three-part “investigation” doesn’t disappoint.
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Some thoughts on finding the right ADS-B receiver for your iPad.
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I've flown some LSAs and they are good airplanes - but the rule itself has really been a failure. Here's why.
Light Sport Aircraft entered the world with high--probably absurd--expectations. These lighter weight, lower cost airplanes allow pilots to fly without a medical certificate, and were supposed to introduce a new generation to the glories of personal aviation. What happened?
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Interesting ideas! Thanks for sharing!
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Here's a crash that got a lot of attention when it happened in 2009. But the real story is less sensational--and more educational--than the one popular media told.
According to Hemingway, a man goes bankrupt gradually, then suddenly. The same could be said of the way pilots crash airplanes: a series of small mistakes slowly build up until a final mistake suddenly ends the flight. A 2009 Pilatus PC-12 accident in Montana is a tragic example.
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So easily avoided. ... sad.
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We all want to be better pilots, and some recent research about the way humans learn can help. Are you doing these 3 things correctly?
Everyone wants to be a better pilot. The real question is: how do we become better pilots in the most efficient way? Fortunately, the past decade has seen a boom in the science of how people learn and improve their skills. This research has much to offer pilots.
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How much safer can we get? More people died falling out of bed last year than in airline crashes.
Here's a number that should be on the front page of every major newspaper: 224. That's how many people died--worldwide--in airline crashes last year. Around 3 billion people flew on airlines last year, which makes 224 a simply incredible number.
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and more people died in Canada from falling out of wheelchairs!  http://freakonomics.com/2011/11/08/the-silver-lining-of-more-cancer-deaths/
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With Father's Day coming up, I thought I'd look back on some memorable flights with my dad. Latest article at +Air Facts. 
I've been flying with my dad for literally my entire life, growing up in the back of different airplanes while he flew me and my three brothers around the country. 2000+ hours later, I can't imagine life without aviation in it. More importantly, I can't imagine my relationship with my dad without flying.
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Do you agree with my list?
Have you ever met a "real pilot?" I sure haven't--at least not the ones some aviation experts talk about. According to them, real pilots only fly taildraggers, real pilots don't use GPS, real pilots don't cancel flights, etc. I have a different definition of a real pilot.
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I canceled more flight, especially as a new pilot, due to wind than thunderstorms or low ceilings. We have to learn how to master it.
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Wind can certainly be a challenge, but learning the proper crosswind landing technique can open up more flying opportunities for pilots.
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I think Dick Collins nails it with this article - Colgan 3407 was tragic for both the victims and for future airline pilots.
The crash of a DHC-8-400 (Q400) on approach to Buffalo, N. Y. brought on the all-time most egregious case of smoke and flames rulemaking by the FAA. It was dictated by Congress, it makes no sense, and it will have a lasting deleterious effect on air service to smaller cities and on airline flying as a profession.
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Even the rule change makes no sense. Both of the pilots in the accident aircraft exceeded the required 1500 hours, and yet the accident still occurred. I would call this a "feel good" law. Making it will not change the outcome of the event that lead to the law, but now we "feel good" that we made it.

Every new law has an intended consequence, and an unintended consequence. The intended consequence sometimes occurs, the unintended consequence always occurs.

In this case the the law most certainly does not address the root problem. But we will still see all of the unintended consequences. 
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Here's my list of 19 strange and challenging instrument approaches - ever flown one of them?
Everybody loves a good approach plate. At least Air Facts readers do. After we shared seven bizarre instrument approach charts last year, we had hundreds of positive comments and numerous requests for more. As we like to say here, the readers are PIC, so here we will indulge your desire for more torturous procedures.
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Agreed, thanks for sharing!
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  • Duke University
    Political Sciencce, 1998 - 2002
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  • Sporty's Pilot Shop
    Vice President--Catalog Division, 1999 - present
  • iPad Pilot News
    Co-founder and Publisher, 2012 - present
    The leading online magazine for pilots flying with the iPad. App reviews, advanced tips, webinars and more.
  • Air Facts Journal
    Editor-in-Chief, 2011 - present
    Air Facts was first published in 1938 by Leighton Collins, dedicated to “the development of private air transportation.” It’s a different world now, and it’s a different Air Facts. Relaunched in 2011 as an online journal, Air Facts still champions, educates, informs and entertains pilots worldwide with real-world flying experiences.
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