The investigation into the loss of Aries Aviation International’s Piper PA-31 Navajo C-FNCI along with its pilot and a survey technician on Aug. 1, 2018, prompted Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) staff to do a deep dive into the literature on hypoxia. It seemed nearly certain that exposure to hypoxia and hyperventilation by the single pilot were prime causal factors in this case.
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Selected accidents and incidents, October 2019. The NTSB information is preliminary.
Selected accidents and incidents, October/September 2019. The NTSB information is preliminary.
Oxygen is as critical as fuel
A Canada Transport Safety Board report on a fatal accident points out the importance of preventing hypoxia.
These steps are universal and should be discussed in upset training by all check airmen.
There, at the bottom of the AirNav.com “Airport” page under “Additional Remarks” was this: “WATCH FOR HORSES OR BIG GAME ANIMALS ON RY.”
The absolute critical phase of flight after a total power loss is the transition from powered climb to unpowered glide.
Selected accidents and incidents, July 2019. The NTSB information is preliminary.
Look at the remote airports you may frequent. If the plate has statements such as “Tower Hours” or “After tower closed, activate lights on CTAF,” be wary.