Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield


101 Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield

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Summary
101 On Sept 30, 2018, a student pilot with 4 hours solo time departed Potomac Airfield on a cross country flight. Within minutes after takeoff, she noticed oil starting to cover the windshield. She immediately requested a vector from Potomac Approach controller Casey Whittaker to return to the airport. Her first attempt to land had her skimming the treetops of the neighborhood next to the airfield. Her next plan was to ditch the aircraft in the Potomac River, to avoid any loss of life on the ground.

The pilot asked that her voice not be used. My thanks to pilot Tricia Belkin Vernola, whose voice you hear in this episode, for reading from the transcript of my interview with the pilot. Thanks also to controller Casey Whittaker and PCT NATCA FACREP Brandon Miller for sharing their stories. Finally, thanks to the student pilot for sharing her story.

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Link to Windshield video
Accident Pilot’s Instagram

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99 Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22 – Safety Moment with Rob Mark


99 Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22 – Safety Moment with Rob Mark

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Summary
99 Shockingly, an Air Force test pilot crashed while landing and died in a Cirrus SR22. Max and Rob pull the accident apart and examine how failure to follow procedures caused this crash. The pilot entered the traffic pattern two hundred feet low. But on base he was 12 knots fast with an 18-knot tailwind. Turning to final at just 200 feet above the ground he was pitched up and in a 48 degree bank.

Mentioned in the Show
NTSB Final Report – SR22 Crash at San Antonio, TX
Air Force Press Release on the crash
Northrup T-38 supersonic jet trainer
Rob Mark’s JetWhine Blog
Simple Flight Radio – Air Force Captain Nathan Dial interview

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82 How to Increase Separation on Final without Dangerous S-Turns + GA News


82 How to Increase Separation on Final without Dangerous S-Turns + GA News

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Increasing Spacing on Final without using S-Turns
Max talks about how to increase spacing on final without doing dangerous S-Turns on the final approach to landing. Two FAA Controllers wins Archie League Award for noticing a pilot with a problem. Listeners give feedback on things they wished they’d learned as student pilots. A listener ask where to fly the downwind when flying next to parallel runways, but cleared to land on runway on the far side.

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USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
EAA: Young Eagle Renee Brilhante now an Airline Pilot
Southwest Airlines Saves a Marriage!

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