Flying is not inherently dangerous, however…

…flying is incredibly unforgiving. So goes the old adage about aviation. If you make a mistake, it will not forgive nor forget. Just yesterday, there was an incident at my home airport in Pennsylvania, USA, where some mistakes were made. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured when a single plane lost control upon landing. The result was quite a bit of damage to some storied aircraft. Take a look at the general scene:

Here’s the aircraft that lost control and crashed.

This aircraft was more or less totally destroyed after being struck.

Pipe tail destroyed when hit by other aircraft.

Again, gracias a dios, no one was severely injured. Sadly, some aircraft are headed for the scrap heap, which is a shame because these planes are beloved by many students and rental pilots. Remember, ALWAYS do your checklist. One of the first items must be: AM I FIT FOR FLYING TODAY? As well as, ARE MY ABILITIES SUITED TO THE CONDITIONS? We all make mistakes because we’re human. Nonetheless, do your best to minimize them, especially when flying.

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Good For The Goose…

The Grumman Goose was a legendary airplane. It served all types of functions, including shuffling people like Hemingway around the Caribbean. It was a rugged, sturdy design, capable of landing on land and sea, a fine example of great aeronautical engineering. Of course, history marched forward and the goose became a relic. Until… a couple of people set up shop to build them again. Here’s a photo of their Goose:

She may not be the most handsome aircraft, but she does conjure up plenty of emotion. The plane evokes the glory days of aviation, of island hopping, of finding that place that no one else has yet found. Hmmmm…. maybe I’ll write a story featuring this plane. It’s been a long time since I read Lost Horizon.

I sincerely hope this company finds great success. I’d love to see this modern version of the goose flying. Wouldn’t mind flying one myself.