2nd August 02:45
Clearwater FL mid air; one fatality
The 'all too common problem' here is relying upon someone else (i.e., the
other pilot, ATC, ad infinitum)... for safety, traffic avoidance, proper
According to your statement, an accident almost happened because someone
ELSE failed to do something. Excuse me for reacting, but that's not how the
Having done it myself, I submit that such thinking IS the most considerable
factor in the GA accident rate.
Using the NTSB report for the Caldwell, NJ midair from 11/2002 almost
totally verbatim, here's what your accident report might have said:
"The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s)
of this accident as follows:
The inadequate visual lookout of both pilots. Factors in the accident was
the [Bonanza pilot's] failure to provide a traffic advisory, ...."
"Loving _________, thought someone else would ...______ [make a position
We are PIC. Be the PIC and never let go for a second.