The October 11, 2007 Weekly Accident Update is now posted at
www.thomaspturner.net <http://www.thomaspturner.net/> .





FLYING LESSONS suggested by this week's report:

Lessons learned from Beech experience are universal. Consider them in
any make and model of airplane.



** Follow up any battery-only gear extension with the Manual Gear
Extension checklist procedure to ensure the gear has in fact been locked
down for landing.



** Strong winds result in visual cues-reduced ground speed, increased
angle of descent-that suggest the "normal" visual cues of landing with
the gear down in lighter winds.



** Standard windy/gusty pilot technique [landing with power and reduced
flaps] avoids conditions where the landing gear warning horn will sound
if the pilot forgets to extend the gear. Be doubly certain to check and
re-check landing gear position when landing in surface winds above 15
knots.



** Thunderstorm conditions often sound like good VMC. Beware of strong
or gusty winds and visibility limited by rain showers when evaluating
weather reports in thunderstorm-prone areas.



** Most landing gear is extremely strong in all directions but sideways.
If landing in a strong crosswind and you do not adequately compensate
for drift, a landing gear collapse may result.



** If you can't positively determine the gear tensions were checked
during your airplane's last annual inspection, find a mechanic
knowledgeable about your airplane's gear system and schedule a gear
inspection today.



** Prioritization of cockpit actions is often the key to safe flying.
Aviate, navigate, communicate.



** Go around before you touch down if you see you won't land in the
touchdown zone.



** Check the condition of brake discs and pads before flight, and the
security of brake discs to the wheels I there's any surface corrosion
because you can't tell if there's corrosion underneath.



** Impact forces are dramatically increased with even a small increase
in impact speed. Fly into the crash under control to maximize your
chances of survival without serious injuries, for once the airplane
hits, physics (not your skills) determines the outcome.

.

** Many times, shoulder harnesses have literally been the difference
between life and death, even in relatively low-speed aircraft impacts.





CROSSTALK



Regarding last week's FLYING LESSON:



** Fatigue can significantly impact judgment and dexterity, and the
psychological effect is greater after dark. When making a "go" decision
you must consider not only your condition before taking off, but also
(and more importantly) your likely fatigue state at the end of the
flight.



A reader writes: "[Y]ou are absolutely right about fatigue. As a safety
factor, fatigue can [be], and often is, as dangerous as alcohol and
drugs. Fatigue is soooo subtle."



Do you have comments or observations about FLYING LESSONS? Send them to
mastery.flight.training@cox.net. Thanks, reader, for your input!





NEW PISTON BEECHCRAFT REPORTS THIS WEEK



** A K35's alternator belt broke, followed by a gear collapse on
landing..



** A Baron 58 blew a main gear tire on landing..



** A V35A landed gear up..



** A G35's engine failed on takeoff..



** A D55 impacted the ocean..



** A V35B's main gear collapsed on landing..



** An A36's nose gear collapsed during taxi..





Also this week are posted NTSB updates and commentary on a B55 runway
overrun at Gainesville, GA; an A23-24 loss of control on landing at
Philadelphia, PA; a V35B engine failure shortly after takeoff at
Ravenna, OH; and a B35 descent into obstacles at Waterloo, IA.





For more information, commentary and analysis see the Beech Weekly
Accident Update link at www.thomaspturner.net
<http://www.thomaspturner.net/> .





Fly safe, and have fun!



Thomas P. Turner, Master CFI

Mastery Flight Training, Inc.

www.thomaspturner.net <http://www.thomaspturner.net/>





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