Posts Tagged ‘pilots’

Why is Bruce the Pilot “So Very Happy”?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Bruce Jenkins and his wife, Barbara fly a Piper Arrow out of Frederick, MD. Bruce shares with us his history in aviation and how flying and placing his insurance with Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) has made him “so very happy”.

As a product of the World War II generation, I was always interested in airplanes and flying. As a young boy, whenever an airplane would pass over I’d be looking up to see if I could identify it. We lived in the country about 20 miles west of Rochester, NY so there wasn’t a great deal of air traffic and most of it was visible because it flew at the mid-altitudes. There was also the occasional Stearman crop duster to watch on our Bruce Jenkinsneighbors’ farms.

When I attended college I took a few lessons in the J3 Cubs the university owned but never soloed because I couldn’t afford the $6/hour rental. That was the dual rate, wet. Those were the days when everything was about 25 cents: a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of beer, a gallon of high-test gasoline, a bowling game, etc.

As soon as I could afford it after graduation from Purdue, getting a job, getting married, buying a house, and doing all the things my generation was expected to do I found one of the local flight schools in Rochester, NY and started taking lessons in Piper Cherokees. I later bought a Cherokee 140 with a partner and earned my instrument rating in that airplane. At the same time my wife became interested in pursuing her private license. We then bought our 1969 Arrow in 1976 and have had it ever since.

All of our flights to different destinations, especially to the west coast, have been some of my favorites. When you can experience something so different from any experience you’ve previously had, that certainly makes an impression. I also remember some of my flights, usually solo, when the sky was so beautiful at sunrise or sunset that I didn’t really want to land.

The best advice I could offer regarding aviation is: “Don’t Wait” If you want to start flying start as soon as you can. If you want to work on additional ratings, start as soon as you can. Because the more you fly, the sooner you add proficiency, the safer you will be as a pilot and the more you will enjoy flying.

After insuring with one direct writing company for years I finally called Aviation Insurance Resources. They saved me over 29%! Jon is the very best insurance agent I have met regarding service and taking an interest in his customers. I also consider him a friend. Interestingly, my very first flight instructor (after college) now owns an airport and FBO in upstate New York (5G0) and has his insurance through AIR, too. All I can say to the professionals at Aviation Insurance Resources is “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy!”

Are you a current client and friend of ours? We’d love to hear how we have made you “So Very Happy”, too! Are you new to AIR? We’d want to make you happy as well! As fellow aircraft owners, AIR understands your needs and challenges in owning an aircraft and/or aviation business. We are aviation insurance experts, providing a full range of aircraft insurance and aviation insurance products to clients of all sizes. We represent all of the major aviation insurance markets so we can offer you the broadest package of protection at the best available rates.

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Are Pilots Texting? :: The Dangers of using Cellphones when Flying

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

The Transportation Safety Board believes a pilot’s cell phone use could be partially to blame for a fatal 2011 plane crash near the airport in Fort St. John, B.C. The TSB report noted that the pilot spent approximately 28 minutes on his phone on what was only a 65 minute flight from Peace River, Alta., to Fort St. John, B.C.

“The aircraft had experienced several large altitude deviations while the pilot was using his cellphone,” the report stated. In fact, the Cessna 185 E dipped from a low of 3,500 feet to a high of 4,600 feet three times during the flight, which could correspond with 3 text messages the pilot received during the flight.

“This distraction was prevalent throughout the flight and in conjunction with the night conditions encountered, may have contributed to the (crash),” the report stated.

The last of these messages was received 11 minutes before the fatal crash.

The Dangers of Texting and Flying

According to the TSB report, “There have been no comprehensive studies regarding the use of cellphones as a distraction in an aviation context. The phenomenon has, however, been extensively studied in the automotive sector.”

The TSB recommends that pilots avoid using cellphones during flight unless there is an emergency.

“Pilots who engage in non-essential text and voice cell phone communications while conduction flight operations may be distracted from flying the aircraft, placing crew and passengers at risk,” the report concluded.

Other Factors that could have contributed to the Crash

The TSB noted several other factors which could have affected the pilot’s performance, including:

  • Time Crunch: The pilot was operating on day visual flight rules (Canada) and was required to be back to the Fort St. John airport before nightfall.
  • Situational Awareness: The TSB report states that the pilot may have lost situational awareness, also referred to as the black-hole effect. This occurs during a visual approach when the only visual stimuli are lights on or near the airport. Without visual references, the pilot’s depth perception may have been off.

The report said there was no indication of an aircraft system malfunction or that the pilot was unwell.

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Pilot’s cellphone use may have been partial cause of fatal 2011 plane crash in B.C.