Pilot’s “Stay alive” Checklist

Keep flying the plane.
          When bad things happen: mid-air, fire, engine failure, keep flying the airplane.

Avoid “Get-there-itis,” the #1 killer of pilots.
          Use common sense, and not emotion, when making decisions about taking off, continuing, or
          making an approach and landing.

When making a forced landing, fly it all the way into the crash.
          Be it a field, trees, buildings, rocks or water.

Be extra alert when deviating from the norm.
          When doing things differently than normal, be extra vigilant.

Use that checklist.
          Keep from overlooking important items. Fly only “healthy” airplanes. Small discrepancies can later
          become big ones.

Have a plan.
          Have a plan for engine failure, for emergency landings at airports along your flight path and for
          other emergencies.

Keep looking out.
          Keep your eyes out of the cockpit. The mid-air collision is with the aircraft you did not see.

Fly only when you are healthy. No cold, no hangover and be rested.
          Flying when sick is hazardous.

Do not scrimp on fuel.
          One of the most useless things to a pilot is fuel he did not take. Others: altitude above you and
          runway behind you.

Tell someone when you are having problems.
          They may be able to help. Leave a flight plan, so the rescuers know where to look if you go down.


          Tony Weissgarber, the creator of “Pilot’s ‘Stay Alive’ Checklist,” has been involved with flight safety every since he first strapped on a parachute in 1951 as an aviation cadet.

          He has amassed more than 4,200 hours in military flying. His Vietnam combat decorations include the Silver Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, and others. After retirement from the Air Force in 1971, he continued flying general aviation aircraft as an aerial photographer, adding an additional 1,900 hours of flight time.

        He has presented flying safety talks to Air Force pilots, civilian pilot groups and at Oshkosh.

        In his many years of flying he has violated most of these items and survived. He thanks God for watching over him.


For a speaker to your group, contact Tony Weissgarber 1-210-912-7283, or pilottw@satx.rr.com


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