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AOPA Never Again

Oct 22, 2009

I’m a knowledgeable, careful, cautious pilot, right? Unfortunately, no, I’m not. And here’s why: A few years ago I took a cross-country trip during which I made so many mistakes and errors of judgment it’s a wonder I am still here to write about it.

Oct 13, 2009

The air was smooth as glass, and I had the traffic pattern to myself. It couldn’t have been better—right up until the time I retracted the landing gear. As soon as the gear was up, the Baron began to violently shake and shudder. I noticed that it wasn’t just the aircraft that was shaking; the control yoke itself...