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Go beyond the textbook with ASI’s comprehensive library of reports on critical safety issues.

Aging Gracefully

Aging gracefully

None of us has a choice about getting older, but we can choose how we deal with it—in how we care for ourselves, in how we fly, and the decisions we make. This Safety Advisor explores the effects of aging on pilot performance and ways to keep flying safely as we grow older. View it now >>

Aircraft Systems

In this aircraft systems safety advisor, sponsored by California Aeronautical University, we’ll examine piston engines, propellers, pneumatic systems of an airplane, and how to keep them in the best condition possible.

In this aircraft systems safety advisor, sponsored by California Aeronautical University, we’ll examine piston engines, propellers, pneumatic systems of an airplane, and how to keep them in the best condition possible. View it now >>

Collision Avoidance

Planning Ahead: Cessna 172 flying pattern.Reproduction of this image is prohibited without written consent on photographer's invoice, stating rights granted, and payment in full of said invoice.

Collision avoidance, in the air and on the ground, is one of the most basic responsibilities of a pilot operating an aircraft in VFR conditions. During primary training, pilots are taught to keep their eyes outside the cockpit and look for conflicting traffic. But little formal instruction is given on the best ways to visually identify potential collision threats—or in procedures that can lessen their risk of occurring. Make the strategies and tactics in this Safety Advisor part of your standard procedures to keep the skies safer for you, and for those you share it with. View it now >>

Do the Right Thing—Decision Making for Pilots

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It's a sad fact of aviation that, every year, approximately 75% of all aircraft accidents are caused by pilot error, with a very large number the direct result of poor decisions. The good news is that making superior decisions about flying doesn't require superhuman skill or exceptional judgment—just the ability to anticipate and recognize basic problems, and then take timely action to correct them. This Safety Advisor provides practical advice to help you do that, as well as guidance and recommendations for developing your own set of personal minimums. View it now >>

Emergency Procedures

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Practice, planning, and good judgment can improve the odds tremendously, but despite our best intentions, sometimes things just go wrong. In this Safety Advisor, we'll look at ways to handle those critical "up here, wishing you were down there" situations as safely as possible. View it now >>

Fighting Fatigue

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Fatigue affects our ability to fly. For example, it can impair memory, judgment, concentration, vision, and coordination. An overwhelming desire to sleep is the most pronounced symptom of fatigue. This Safety Advisor examines factors leading to fatigue and how to keep it from catching up with you in the cockpit. View it now >>

Fuel Management

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There’s a lot to know about fuel management and preventing fuel exhaustion or starvation. This Safety Advisor discusses these subjects in detail and offers suggestions to improve fuel awareness and reduce fuel-related incidents. View it now >>

Maneuvering Flight — Hazardous to Your Health?

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More than one-quarter (26.6 percent) of all fatal accidents in the last 10 years occurred during maneuvering flight, which includes buzzing, formation flying, aerial work, stalls/spins, canyon flying, aerobatics, and normal flight operation. Basically, any type of flying performed close to the ground — the traffic pattern, for example — or involving steep turns and aerobatics is considered maneuvering. Read this Safety Advisor to learn about performing maneuvering flight safely. View it now >>

Mastering Takeoffs and Landings

Ups and Downs of Takeoffs and Landings

More accidents occur in the take off and landing phases of flight than any other. It is the close proximity to the ground that leaves less margin for error. Some pilots never really master the basics, then it's only a matter of time before they have a problem. Is the runway long enough? Are there obstructions? What is the density altitude? Is there a cross-wind? How good is your airspeed control? Do you know how to successfully recover from a bounced landing or when to go around? These are just some of the considerations that are addressed in this new Safety Avisor. Download it now >>

Mountain Flying

Mountain Flying

Mountain flying allows pilots to reach new and exciting destinations while providing adventures and challenges that most flatlanders will never know. As with any new flying adventure, there are also unique risks, most associated with either unforgiving terrain or high density altitude. Download it now >>

Spatial Disorientation: Confusion That Kills

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Pilots deprived of visual references while flying can quickly lose control of the aircraft and succumb to one of general aviation’s biggest killers: spatial disorientation. This safety advisor will explain what spatial disorientation is, how it happens, and how you as a pilot can avoid its hazards. We’ll also examine accidents where some pilots couldn’t escape spatial disorientation. View it now >>

Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing

Our training prepares us to handle in-flight emergencies, but little is taught about what to do once we’re on the ground in a survival situation. Since not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, a little knowledge on what to do can go a long way. In this publication, we’ll take a more in-depth look at some items you should pack in your survival kit and what actions you can take to keep you and your passengers safe until help arrives. Download it now >>

Volunteer Pilots: Balancing Safety & Compassion

You love to fly, and you like the idea of using your passion to help others. But what does it take to become a volunteer pilot? This Safety Advisor provides a brief overview of public benefit flying. Explore and get involved. View it now >>

Weather Wise: Air Masses & Fronts

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Are you planning a quick local flight or a weeklong cross-country adventure? Understanding the large-scale forces that create weather makes it easier to come to the right decisions about flying in weather. This safety advisor lifts the curtain on air masses, fronts, regional weather, and high- and low-pressure systems. View it now >>

Weather Wise: Precipitation and Icing

Cold temperatures, low clouds, precipitation, and icing present unique challenges for general aviation (GA) pilots. This safety advisor explores basic precipitation and icing weather theory and associated hazards. Learn how to recognize and avoid dangerous precipitation and icing and find tips on exit strategies for unexpected and inadvertent icing encounters. View it now >>