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Careful Flight Planning Reduces Risk

Posted on June 1, 2020 in Aviation

As part of a preflight preparation, general aviation pilots on cross-country flights may want to avoid high-traffic areas near busy airports. The pilot should also check the status of military airspace, alert areas, and look for notices to airmen outlining potential hazards such as unmanned aircraft operations. Careful flight planning can help ensure safe operations…

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Pilots and Alcohol

Posted on May 25, 2020 in Aviation

There are safety rules for pilots, just like for  people driving cars. For instance, a pilot should not consume alcohol or other intoxicants within 8 hours prior to flying and should always consider the lasting effects of alcohol the following day. Issues that seem mundane for the general public can be of great concern for…

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Arizona Motorcycle Laws and Safety Tips

Posted on May 20, 2020 in Personal Injury

Riding a motorcycle comes with inherent risks, such as an increased risk of head and brain injuries in a collision. The greatest risk for motorcyclists, however, is driver negligence. In 2016, 3,104 motorcyclists were in accidents in the State of Arizona. Motorcycle accidents caused almost 2,600 injuries and took 144 lives. Many of these collisions…

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Mechanical Difficulty In Flight

Posted on May 18, 2020 in Aviation

If an airplane or helicopter is damaged or encounters mechanical difficulty that is hazardous to flight or ground operations, the pilot should land as soon as practical and not attempt to takeoff. Continuing on to the intended destination is often an unnecessary risk that can lead to a crash.

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Poorly-Maintained Aircraft are Not Airworthy

Posted on May 10, 2020 in Aviation

Airplane and helicopter owners and operators should maintain their aircraft in accordance with the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness found in the Airplane Maintenance Manual. Failure to do so can make the aircraft unairworthy.

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Sometimes You Just Have to Go To Trial

Posted on May 4, 2020 in Personal Injury

A trial by jury is the foundation of our civil justice system, so important that it was included as the Seventh Amendment to our Constitution in the Bill of Rights written by the Founding Fathers over 200 years ago.  But over the years, the cost of litigation, the risks of an all or nothing trial…

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Pilot Use of Supplemental Oxygen

Posted on May 3, 2020 in Aviation

Pilots should use supplemental oxygen and confirm saturation levels are above 90% by utilizing a pulse oximeter when operating aircraft above 10,000 feet during the day or above 5,000 feet at night.

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Minimizing Aircraft Crash Injuries

Posted on April 28, 2020 in Aviation

A pilot facing an emergency landing when airplane or helicopter damage is unavoidable must remember that minimizing crash injuries are in large part a matter of keeping the cabin area as contained as possible by using the wings, landing gear, fuselage bottom to absorb the violence of the landing before it affects the passengers and…

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Protecting Loved Ones from Nursing Home Assault

Posted on April 24, 2020 in Personal Injury

When our loved ones reach the age where they can no longer live independently, we trust that the facilities which care for the elderly will provide our family members with a safe, nurturing, comfortable environment for them to live out the rest of their days.  Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and other…

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Electrical Fires During Flight

Posted on April 21, 2020 in Aviation

Electrical fires during a flight are often detected by the smell insulation burning. When such a fire occurs the pilot must check all the circuit breakers, flight instruments and lights to find the source. If the source cannot be found and fixed, the battery master and alternator/generator switches may have to be turned off, even…

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In-flight Engine Fires

Posted on April 15, 2020 in Aviation

An airplane or helicopter engine fire is most often caused by a flammable substance such as fuel, oil, or hydraulic fluid coming in contact with a hot surface. This situation can be caused by a mechanical failure of the engine, a defective exhaust system, or a broken line. Engine fires may also result from maintenance…

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