WARNING!Don't fly solo before you understand all the dangers of the killing zone.It could save your life!
This survival guide for new pilots identifies the pitfalls waiting inside the killing zone, the period from 50 to 350 flight hours when they leave their instructors behind and fly as pilot in command for the first time. Although they're privately certified, many of these unseasoned aviators are unaware of the potential accidents that lie ahead while trying to build decision-making skills on their own -- many times falling victim to inexperience.
Based on the first in-depth scientific study of pilot behavior and general aviation flying accidents in over 20 years, The Killing Zone, Second Edition offers practical advice to help identify the time frame in which you are most likely to die. Author and aviation specialist Paul Craig offers rare insights into the special risks new pilots face and includes updated preventive strategies for flying through the killing zone . . . alive:
NEW to the Second Edition: Dealing with Glass Cockpits; GPS Moving Maps; Collision Avoidance Systems; including a new chapter on Available Safety versus Actual SafetyAlerts you to the 12 mistakes likely to kill youProvides guidelines for avoiding, evading, diverting, correcting, and managing dangersIncludes a "Pilot Personality Self-Assessment Exercise"for an individualized survival strategy
Paul A. Craig, Ed.D., longtime pilot, FAA award-winning flight instructor, and aviation educator and author, designed and conducted the research described in this book based on his lifelong concern with the high accident rate among general aviation pilots, and in the process of earning his doctorate in education, with special empahsis on pilot decision-making and flight training. A Gold Seal Multiengine Flight Instructor and twice FAA District Flight Instructor of the Year, he has spoken widely to flight instructors and others on improving flight training and safety. He is the author of Be a Better Pilot; Stalls & Spins; Multiengine Flying, 2nd Edition; and Light Airplane Navigation Essentials, all from McGraw-Hill's renowned Practical Flying Series.
The Killing ZoneAvailable Safety and Actual SafetyThe DangersContinued VFR into IFR ConditionsManeuvering FlightTakeoff and ClimbApproach and LandingRunway IncursionMid-air collisionFuel ManagementPilot Health, Alcohol and DrugsNight FlyingIceEffects of Advanced Flight TrainingInstrument Flight & CFITAdvanced Aircraft AccidentsPilot PersonalityAirmanship