Dave McVinnie

Blunder into Thunder

As seasonal hazards go, avoiding thunderstorms makes the first page of our risk avoidance playbook this time of year. Thunderstorms in the free MMOPA Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) app earned the highest risk number in the app at “8.” It’s safe to say the hazard is well-known. Growing up, most of us learned quickly not to put our hand on a hot stove. It seems intuitively similar we should also respect thunderstorms. Yet the PA46…… Read More…

PA46 Safety By the Numbers


A 10-year review: getting Safer & But Room For Improvement “We learn through our experiences” or better still, the experiences of others. I’ve avoided the word “mistakes” because we also learn through good experiences. The information presented here is collected from the FAA and other public sources. Keep in mind that a lot of events go unreported. In this review, we’re going to look at the PA46 fleet data from 2009 through October 2018. The past…… Read More…

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