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Josh-D. S. Davis

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Light Aircraft Accident trends
Josh 201604 KWP
In my experience, many pilots actually tilt toward the intuitive, not the analytical. They think they don't, but they do. Example: We get a lot of questions from pilots about traffic systems for light aircraft, suggesting that many owners are fearful of mid-air collisions. But mid-airs, despite being spectacular and often fatal, are a tiny fraction of the overall flight risk. If you eliminated light aircraft mid-airs entirely, it wouldn't move the accident rate much, if at all.

As a group, we run airplanes out of gas twice a week, on average, and run them off runways into ditches for no apparent reason three or four times a day. Approaching the risk analytically, you'd buy a fuel totalizer first, then spend time training and practicing landings. (Of course, none of this applies to me, because I am an exceptional pilot and I'd never run an airplane off a runway. But you need more training.)
I like the last sentence. Heh.