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Trust Your Instruments
Flying low up the twisting Karamea Valley in an old Cessna 206 the pilot suddenly plunged into a thick cloud bank. With only the barest instrument training he had only seconds to make a decision that would either save, or destroy, himself, his passengers and the aircraft. Read More
A change in wind direction during the takeoff roll nearly set the scene for disaster. But a bit of quick thinking by the pilot saved the day – but not the brakes! Read More
Lessons In Windshear
How could windshear turn what should have been a normal auto-rotation into “the flight from hell”? Strap yourself into your armchair and read on. Read More
The late night Medivac flight from Auckland to Wellington was normal in every way – except for the impressive St Elmos Fire display, the volcanic ash and the engine fire warning! Read More
By Lucky Chance This Was A Ferry Flight
Undue haste in completing the pretakeoff checklist, and a first officer inexperienced on the aircraft type, set the stage for erroneous and misleading airspeed indications. But greater attention to the attitude instruments could have shown the errors for what they were – and averted a tragedy. Read More