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THE AUTHOR and her father

after she took him on his
first flight with her over
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

HEADLINES THAT
AFFECT YOU

Recent news from the aviation world

I know the NTSB is hard at work,
with a long road ahead, to determine
cause, fault, or breach of protocol in
this devastating case. I wouldn't dream
of speculating on that topic. I can only
report what many of us are feeling in the
wake of this unspeakable tragedy.   
All accounts indicate both pilots in command were extremely experienced and
capable. I think that is what shakes us up the
most. As pilots, we figure every entry in our
logbook makes us better, safer by the hour.
But these men, Jay and Neil, were both airline transport pilots, both passionate and
safety conscious-and yet they perished,
along with six innocent passengers. 
While we are somehow comforted
that this might have been an unavoidable, arbitrary fluke-"big sky" theory
debunked-we are also acutely aware that
our pursuit can be a precarious one. There
is little forgiveness in aviation, which is
why we must learn from the mistakes of
others. Horror stories are always upsetting, but we listen to them, analyze them,
internalize them, and share them over
and over. Lessons in aviation are best not
learned the hard way.
In the days and weeks since the accident, we continue to try to make sense
of it. Our caring aviation community has
come closer together to improve safety in
our area. A collective mission has emerged;
to assure those eight souls were not lost in
vain. Safety meetings have been arranged
and procedures for class E and G airspace discussed, dissected, and clarified.
A marked increase in position reporting
has been observed. Nonpilot friends ask
repeatedly, "How could this accident possibly happen? Why didn't they see each
other?" All pilots-even us new ones-have

experienced the sense of rising concern
when informed by radio or ADS-B of aircraft we can't see out the window. We are
on high alert when the airplane we know
is out there cannot be located visually. It
is far harder to spot traffic aloft than most
people imagine, especially on a clear day,
with only a small head-on profile to look
for. If there is no radio report, no ADS-B
alert, chances to spot one another are slimmer yet. We were all reminded of this peril
on that Sunday, that we are all subject to it.
For me, a relative newcomer, getting
back into my Cessna 172 was difficult, but
necessary. My passenger list, which started
with my dad, has grown to more than 75
friends and family, one or two at a time,
and it continues to swell. An unexpected
byproduct of learning to fly has been the
joy of sharing it with others, and I consider it a gift to do so. I will probably never
again fly over Coeur d'Alene Lake without thinking about this summer's tragedy.
I will always say a quiet prayer for the victims and their families.
It is our obligation as pilots to be current and proficient, and to learn what we
can from every source. I plan to honor
those lost in Coeur d'Alene on July 5, and
those who died in aviation before them, by
being the best pilot I can be. I know I am
in good company. We have no choice but
to continue to fly, but we can work harder
to be even better at it. I am committed to
learn, celebrate and share aviation with
increased respect, passion and humility.
Something tells me Jay and Neil would
have done the same.
LADONNA BEAUMONT is a new private pilot

living in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She has

HACKERS TOPPLE GARMIN
NETWORKS
A cyber attack on July 23
knocked Garmin offline, disabling
the company's online products
and customer support. The company reported July 27 that most
functions had been restored. 
LITHIUM-SULFUR-POWERED
ECOLT IN THE WORKS
The Brazilian-born two-seat, factory-built light sport Colt that left
the paddock with a conventional
100-horsepower Rotax 912 ULS
engine in 2019 will be offered in
an electric version powered by a
lithium-sulfur battery.
ICON AIRCRAFT NAMES NEW
PRESIDENT
Icon Aircraft has replaced its
president one year after sharply
cutting back production of its A5
amphibious light sport aircraft.
Jason Huang, a veteran manager
in the information technology
industry, has replaced Thomas
Wieners, who held the top job
for about one year.
VIRGIN GALACTIC UNVEILS
SUPERSONIC AIRLINER
Virgin Galactic reached the
precipice of commercial space
travel, perhaps just one spaceflight away from toting paying
customers above (most of) the
atmosphere. Meanwhile, the
company created by billionaire
Richard Branson just unveiled
a supersonic design for speedy
travel within the atmosphere.
HELICOPTER ASSOCIATION
MOURNS PASSING OF JAMES
WISECUP
Longtime air ambulane pilot,
safety advocate, and past HAI
chairman of the board James
Wisecup, 71, died of cancer in
Cedar City, Utah.
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