Transportation: What to Do When the Pilot Dies

There are now no fewer than 149,755 private pilots in the U.S., and the day has gone when the only pilots soloing were barnstorming stuntmen or crop dusters. Today's passengers may be wives, sweethearts, best pals or business clients. Inevitably, the chilling question has occurred to them: "What would I do if he blacked out now?"

Not that either heart attacks or other seizures are more common among the new flying fraternity than more earth-bound men. But they are more disastrous, and the time may come when elementary piloting is taught in every U.S. high school (as car driving is in...

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