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Safety Spotlight

the officer found the field blAnketed
in heAVy fog; he eStimAted ViSibility AS
no more thAn 30-40 feet.
of 1,600 feet—and turned left, paralleling the
runway on a course consistent with a left
downwind. Abeam the threshold, its altitude was 2,400 msl, about 800 feet agl. The
next return came from 2,200 msl as it made
another left turn at a point consistent with
turning base. A series of returns at 2,000 msl

Investigators concluded that the Skyhawk
had descended into IMC before hitting the
trees. They noted that the CFI never contacted ATC, though an ILS was available at
Franklin just 15 miles away. However, the
need for an instrument approach might not
have been as obvious at the time. Titusville

briefing at about 8:45 p.m. The forecast contained nothing more alarming than periods of marginal VFR, but
current conditions might have raised some flags among
more experienced pilots: winds light and diminishing,
with temperature/dew point spreads already down to
one degree. The next TAF wasn’t issued until they were
halfway between Erie and Lost Nation. It predicted vis-

tracked a course roughly overflying the runway. Near the departure end it turned right
45 degrees and climbed to 2,200 feet, then
circled left and crossed the runway eastbound as if trying again. The second attempt
was lower and closer to the runway, reaching
1,800 feet as it crossed the extended centerline. The last return came from the accident
site at approximately field elevation.

doesn’t have its own weather reporting, so
pilots typically rely on Franklin’s. At the
time, Franklin was reporting clear skies with
2.5 miles visibility—low, but legal in Class G.

ibilities of half a mile and a 200-foot overcast, and was
accompanied by an Airmet Sierra. If the instructor had
used the last leg to demonstrate calling Flight Service for
a weather update, would they have expected to divert?

Fog is treacherous. An airport that’s plainly
visible looking straight down through three
hundred feet of the stuff can disappear completely on a one-mile final. At low altitude,
control may be lost before there’s time to go
around. The student had gotten a weather

David Jack Kenny is manager of aviation safety analysis
for the Air Safety Institute, an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and owner of a Piper Arrow.



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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Vol. 4, Issue 2
Contents
5 Tips for Dynamite Demonstrations
Safety Quiz: Thunderstorm Avoidance
ASI Online: Accident Case Study - Time Lapse
CFI Tips: Measure With the Right Ruler
ASI Message: Stuff Your CFII May Not Have Told You
Did You Know? 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards
Safety Seminar: Chart Challenge - Live & Flying for a Lifetime
Safety Spotlight: See For Yourself
Real Pilot Story: Bird Strike
CFI Tools: Boost Your Business
Chief's Corner: eFIRC
Ask ATC: Practice Approach
ASI Note: Storm Week
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Contents
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 5 Tips for Dynamite Demonstrations
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 5
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Safety Quiz: Thunderstorm Avoidance
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - ASI Online: Accident Case Study - Time Lapse
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 12
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - CFI Tips: Measure With the Right Ruler
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - ASI Message: Stuff Your CFII May Not Have Told You
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Did You Know? 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Safety Seminar: Chart Challenge - Live & Flying for a Lifetime
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Safety Spotlight: See For Yourself
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Real Pilot Story: Bird Strike
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - CFI Tools: Boost Your Business
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 2 - Chief's Corner: eFIRC
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