The June 7, 2007 Weekly Accident Update is now posted at

"The goal of accident investigation is not to solve accidents for its
own sake, but to improve safety by preventing [future] accidents."

--Air Line Pilots Association

FLYING LESSONS suggested by this week's report concern the ever-present
threat of landing gear-related mishaps (LGRMs):

-- LGRMs continue to account for nearly half of all reported mishaps
involving piston-engine, retractable gear airplanes.

-- The U.S. aviation insurance industry pays out over $1 million in
LGRM-related claims every month.

-- Even a "minor damage" LGRM averages $45,000 to $60,000 in claims
costs.meaning LGRMs lead to "totaling" more RG-aircraft airframes than
any other in-motion cause.

-- Preventative landing gear maintenance may play a bigger part in gear
collapse avoidance and therefore aircraft longevity than has generally
been thought.

For more about LGRM causes and avoidance see the LGRM section of <> .


--It's busy, it's extremely distracting, its airspace is crowded, it has
highly unusual flight and ground procedures, and it invites both
show-offsmanship and's EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, and
it's less than two months away. Every year there are numerous minor
mishaps and sometimes major and even fatal accidents going to, arriving
at or after leaving the Greatest Airshow on Earth. Now's the time to
start preparing for a safe AirVenture fly-in experience. Each Update
from now to the week before Oshkosh will feature a link to an article
from my 2006 series on the skills you need to make a safe and enjoyable

This week's article:

b-8f23-477c-b509-82922d0727e9&Dynamic=1> for the Dot-Tight patterns to
spot landings

Past weeks' Oshkosh-prep items:

1-00fa-4bc9-9b2a-a114edaa14d6&Dynamic=1> the NOTAM

0-1161-457b-be89-3aa633b059b8&Dynamic=1> a Backup/Fill 'er Up

50-a28a-e6a665891317&Dynamic=1> Control


-- An H35's landing gear collapsed..

-- An M35's nose gear collapsed..

-- A 58TC landed gear up..

-- An F17D Staggerwing lost control on landing..

For more details and commentary see <>

Fly safe, check three green and have fun!

Thomas P. Turner, MCFI
Mastery Flight Training, Inc.

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Training at

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