AOPA Never Again

AOPA Never Again

Pilots share first-person accounts of frightening experiences in the cockpit so that others can learn from their mistakes.

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September 29, 2021

Flying single engine over the mountains at night in a vintage airplane. What could go wrong? (By Jim Pitman) 

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By Steve Ells. 

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A night-time cross-country almost ends in disaster for want of a 50-cent part. (By Tom Hildebrandt) 

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A medical helicopter pilot flies into night IMC. Where are the towers? (By Byron Edgington.) 

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An icy diversion to JFK. Grab your winter gloves and fly along. By Charmaine Sperling 

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Get there itis and a lack of night experience cause a stressful flight over north Florida. (By Douglas Kiefer) 

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The unusual layout of controls creates a problem for the pilot of a Piper Tri-Pacer. By Gilbert Halacz. 

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January 11, 2021

When, and how, to defer to an older pilot in an emergency situation? Find out one opinion. By Paul Locander. 

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Smoke in the cockpit and a partial avionics failure make for an interesting flight. (By Alex Jones) 

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it's been said aviation accidents are caused not by one bad decision but by a chain of them. How about seven? Find out what's going on. (By James Witt) 

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Do you pay attention to small things or do you wait until they become big things? Find out one pilot's opinion. (By Sebastian Teunissen) 

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Do you really need to inspect the oil filter after every oil change? Read one pilot's perspective. (By Rusty Herrington) 

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A teardrop turn between two ridgelines in IMC? Sounds dangerous. Find out the grim results. (By Gary Deck)

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We've all had some stinky flights but this is ridiculous. (By Bob DelValle) 

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July 10, 2020

A bush pilot unsuccessfully calculates fuel instead of looking at the tanks. By Steve Ells. 

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Flying a race plane is different from flying just about anything else. Find out what happened on this pilot's maiden flight. (By W. G. Hill) 

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A Mother's Day promise to his wife and mother caused one pilot to push his limits. (By Tom Snow) 

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Bad decisions often start with good intentions. (By Pat Haseltine) 

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How does a pilot miss seeing a Boeing 747? (By William Kramer) 

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Is a cornfield a good choice for an off airport landing? Sometimes you have no other option. (By Scott S. Thomas)

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