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Ensuring Your Pilot Will Keep You Safe

“Most pilots learn… that one thing you don’t do,

you don’t believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.”

Chuck Yeager

In general, your chances of being involved in a fatal accident flying in one of the 78 major commercial world airlines are 1 in 4.7 million. Although the odds are still significantly in your favor when you board a private plane, studies show that a passenger is 5.5 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash when flying private. With the great Chuck Yeager’s words and these statistics in mind, let’s talk about a few questions you may ask your pilot before boarding your next private plane (especially if you’ve never flown with this person before).

  • How did you sleep last night?
    • There is a minimum rest time requirement for pilots that is partially determined by the length of the flight
    • How was the crew today?
      • The pilot and crew also have a maximum number of hours they can be on duty. Once that threshold is passed, they may not be eligible to work on or fly that aircraft
      • How much alcohol have you had in the last 24 hours?
        • No brainer here. Flying under the influence of alcohol is an egregious safety violation.
        • May I see your PASS?
          • This is an acronym for the Pilot Aircraft Safety Survey. Tells number of hours you pilot has logged, medical records, training background, and overall pilot rating.
          • Anything I should know about this plane?
            • Knowing when the plane was last flown, what the key maintenance issues are, and how they were taken care of can help your peace of mind before take off.

Counsel For Your Tavares Aviation or Aircraft Crash

No matter the cause of the aircraft accident you or your loved one has been involved with, it is important to know your rights and potential options for recovery. Among the causes we will consider together are:

  • Pilot oversights and errors
  • Defective products
  • Negligence in aircraft maintenance
  • Inadequate preparation for or disregard of inclement weather

The experienced and particularly skilled legal team at Oldham & Smith is prepared to take the time necessary to explore your legal options with you in the wake of an accident. If we represent you, you will have an advocate who will work to see to it your claim includes all of your losses. These losses could likely include:

  • Medical expenses
  • On going care
  • Loss of wages
  • Personal pain and suffering
  • PTSD and/or grief counseling
  • Rehabilitation

Let’s talk about your case together. Contact us by email or call (352) 292-1620 to set up an appointment to speak with one of our understanding personal injury lawyers.

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