Learning from investigations

Whilst this in not necessarily Lancair specific, it is most certainly worth a read… (Click on the title below to access the article.)

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Collision with terrain involving Vans RV-6, VH-ZMH, near Gatton, Queensland on 2 March 2014 – a report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 

“…Examination of the aircraft wreckage identified no mechanical issues or faults with the aircraft that may have contributed to the accident.”

With media coverage and comment, the General Aviation and the Experimental sectors suffer when accidents like this occur.

All pilots need to understand that the rules and regulations relating to pilot qualifications, ratings, endorsements and recency are more than just suggestions. Their purpose is for support, safety and survival. When incidents happen, we need to think of all the factors involved in an accident, and learn from even the most unfortunate outcomes.

There is most certainly a lesson in this investigation.

Type clubs save lives

Aircraft type clubs are General Aviation’s best-kept secret weapon. While there are more than a hundred of them, they fly stealthily below the radar of most pilots, who seem to be blissfully unaware of their existence and benefits. Only a fraction of pilots belong to any of them, yet they offer the best value proposition in aviation: they’re cheap and they could save your life. – Max Trescott, Join An Aircraft Type Club and Save Your Life (Click on the link for the rest of the article)

So begins an article on LOBO (US) discussing ways to promote safe operations. Max Trescott goes on to explain how statistically, pilots who are actively involved in an organisation which have a strong emphasis on pilot training and safety, are less likely to be involved in serious accidents.  Such organisations involve their members in events which promote the discussion of type-specific operations, and can share a wealth of experience as the group expands.

This is one of the aims of LOBO OZ.

As people join both LOBO OZ and LOBO (US)  it is becoming clear that there are many of you out there, with great experience to share, along with a few precautionary tales that others could benefit from. We hope to give that shape and form here as our numbers grow.

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Wayne Bourke’s Lancair IV

As stated in Trescott’s article, it is a great move to:

Join the type club for the aircraft you fly most frequently. But don’t just write a check; become an active participant. Whether you own or rent, you’re bound to learn more about the intricacies of that aircraft model. And if your family is lucky, what you learn as a type club member may someday save your life…and possibly their lives too.

We know of several Lancair owners who have joined LOBO (US) – don’t forget your new local chapter in OZ!

And if you are still thinking about it, why not sign up to LOBO OZ now? We want to build local knowledge and showcase our great ‘Lancairs Downunder’!

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