Transport: Airsumptions

Last February an outspoken little monthly pamphlet called Air Facts set out on a career dedicated to safer nonscheduled aviation. The facts it faced were these: of some 10,000 airplanes licensed in the U.S. for private flying in 1937, about 150, or one in every 67, figured in crashes killing 283 pilots and passengers. Air Facts' thesis: 90% of crashes in nonscheduled flying are due, not to the familiar bugaboos of aviation—motor failure, structural failure, weather—but to faulty flying, traceable in most cases to limited experience or incomplete instruction.

On the theory that...

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