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The Novemeber issue describes Peter's travails about getting to Oshkosh. I hope other pilots, especially new ones, study this article in detail, about what not to do. He describes how he was hurried in getting Melmoth ready so he really didn't have time to do more test flying, pressing on with one bad magneto, not having a working attitude indicator, etc. He felt that his experience was sufficient to continue on, and that the airplane was sound enough to fly. To me, this sounds like complacency, and from a pilot who writes "Aftermath", he should know better. I believe this same attitude caused a mid-air over my West Denver neighborhood last winter, case DEN03MA035A. I think the record will show that the experienced Piper pilot flew with a Mode C transponder that was shown to be intermittently working, so ATC was unsure of his altitude, and he also was not flying the suggested VFR corridor. The new pilot was doing what he was supposed to.
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