Explore pilot qualifications, currency, proficiency for the flight conditions (night VFR and deteriorating IMC respectively)
Consider night VFR preparation, currency, proficiency and personal minimums, given that some other countries require an extra rating
Debate whether it is the plane or the pilot
Examine pilot decision-making and exercising good judgement, and share mistakes and lessons learned from similar situations
Share personal minimums for flight decision-making, encourage others to set realistic ones for themselves
Brainstorm ways to reach beyond “the choir” to encourage more pilots to fly safely; “If these discussions save one life a year, then this is the best $50 we have ever spent.”
Conduct a personal “safety standown” to reflect on our own personal decisions
Encourage AOPA to create a set of safety videos of realistic IFR flights showing the weather outside and focus on pilot decision-making at every stage of the flight
Propose simulator training for the Cirrus cockpit, focusing on emergency and unusual situations
Form a co-op training group for additional Cirrus instruction in the San Francisco Bay Area
Kill “Get-There-Itis” with the COPA Transportation and Accommodation Network, an on-line roster of COPA members committed to providing assistance when a pilot considers a No-Go decision; initially suggested by Mike Radomsky and Alan Klapmeier and implemented by COPA webmaster, Steve Lin, over 100 COPA members signed up in the first 24 hours [/list]These tragic events affect the COPA community in many ways. My intent in sharing this with you on the Public Discussion forum is to acknowledge the contribution that many have made to my appreciation for what it takes to be a safer and better pilot. Please fly safe!
Noticing that the COPA Public Discussion forum had limited discussion on just two threads about the recent fatal SR2X accidents, click here last Saturday, Jan 18, and the SR20 crash in San Jose last Thursday, Jan 23, I want to share a glimpse into the extensive community reaction by COPA members on the Members Discussion forum that public visitors would not have seen.
There was so much information of value to me personally that I resorted to extensive note-taking. Eventually, I realized that it was huge: 13 threads, 269 posts, and over 16,000 views in the week since last Saturday morning.
Obviously, initial posts shared sketchy news reports and offered condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of those who perished. Some of us knew these people and posted personal statements about them, bringing others to appreciate the human side of these tragedies.
Lots of postings shared information gleaned from preliminary accident reports, weather condition reports, flight information, even radar track replays from the San Jose accident. But most of the discussion was reflection, analysis and speculation about the circumstances and potential causes, including sharing of personal stories of similar mistakes or experiences that provided important lessons. The tone was respectful of what we don’t know and appreciative that “There but for the grace of God go I.”
Some topics discussed: