The October 28, 2007 Weekly Accident Update is now posted at <> .

FLYING LESSONS suggested by this week's report:

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

** Landing gear-related mishaps [LGRMs] continue to be the biggest
single cause of mishaps in retractable-gear airplanes, and account for
well more than one out of every three reported piston Beechcraft
mishaps. The reality is that many LGRMs go unreported, and readers in
the Bonanza/Baron repair and service industry tell me LGRMs in these
airplanes are "vastly underreported".

** Among reported mishaps, LGRMs cost the insurance industry well over
$1 million U.S. <> in
claims every month.and ultimately that cost is passed on to all aircraft
insurance policy holders. Often the repair cost nears or surpasses the
insured value of the airplane, leaving even "minor" damage airplanes
"totaled" by insurance carriers.

** Most instructors recommend against touch-and-goes in retractable gear
airplanes because of the fairly high reported correlation
<> of gear collapse
events to the maneuver. Avoid LGRMs in part by avoiding touch-and-go
landings. Here are some other
<> ideas.

** Program the GPS before starting to taxi, or delay until reaching the
run-up area and coming to a complete stop. Taxiing is no time to be
head-down in the detailed and distracting task of programming a GPS or
other avionics.


** A K35's landing gear collapsed on landing..

** An F33A ran off a taxiway and into a ditch..

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

There's also commentary on an NTSB update on the quadruple-fatality A36
collision with power lines at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

For more information, commentary and analysis see the Beech Weekly
Accident Update link at
<> .

Fly safe, and have fun!

Thomas P. Turner, Master CFI

Mastery Flight Training, Inc. <>

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