Episode 49. Safety habits and aviation lobbying, with Jeb Burnside

Jeb Burnside“A well trained pilot flying a well maintained airplane with an instrument rating and with fuel in the tanks is the least possible risk in private aviation,” according to Aviation Safety magazine editor Jeb Burnside. That doesn't mean other types of flying are unsafe, though, and in this episode he explains what risks pilots should worry about, including weather, fuel exhaustion, and engine failures. Jeb also talks about his days on Capitol Hill, lobbying for general aviation interests, and the lessons he learned there. In the "Ready to Copy" segment, he tells us whether pilots read too many accident reports, what his most controversial aviation opinion is, and where he comes down on the Coke vs. Pepsi debate.

Quotes:

  • “A well trained pilot flying a well maintained airplane with an instrument rating and with fuel in the tanks, is the least possible risk in private aviation.”
  • “You’re running out of gas as soon as you start the engine.”
  • “Step up transition training is a critical factor, but I would also add that step down transition training is a critical factor.”
  • Engine failure after takeoff: “There is no clear-cut answer, except if this is something that you’re extremely concerned about, you need to go out and practice.”

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