In reply to:The nature of pilots is to push the envelope. We must do so, or we'd never graduate beyond the gentle-breeze-straight-down-the-runway-landings we were authorized to do when we started flying
In reply to:The REAL QUESTION: Why did this very experienced pilot go below minimums? Basic IFR training teaches us to fly to DH/MDA, look up, if you cannot see the runway, go around and go somewhere else in this case. My guess: His vast experience probably influenced him to be too cocky and to think he could go below minimums when someone with less experience could not. BIG MISTAKE!
In reply to:Mike:That is mere3ly a matter of semantics. Proper procedure says if you cannot see the runway WHEN YOU REACH DH/MDA, unless you are not at the missed approach point, you perform a MISSED approach. All this requires is following the PROPER procedure. It is not rocket science and it does not take unusual skill to follow the "cock book" of the approach. Other folks in calm well thought out scenarios have already done the "homework" for you. Just follow the recipe and you will not crash as this pilot did. You just have to believe there are no exceptions to this rule; PERIOD.
In reply to:Wouldn't this type of accident have been avoided with modern (and now available/affordable) avidyne/G1000 type avionics?
In reply to:As I understand it, the MFD would have clearly shown the ridge (in red), and the Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) would have been issuing ground collision messages (e.g. 'Pull up!pull up!'). Shouldn't we expect this type of procedural error to be unthinkable with an avidyne or G1000 installed, with the wonderful situation awareness they bring?
In reply to:I wonder how many pilots will blindly head the "pull up" command and proceed to stall their plane? Perhaps TAWS should state "Add Power! Climb!" Or perhaps, be more terrain aware and suggest a turn to a proper direction as a climb will not always be possible.