The simple lesson is: "If you buzz, you'll die." But that's too simple. Yes, buzzing is dangerous, and it's easy to blame the pilot for showing a lack of respect for his actions. It will be some time before the NTSB comes up with its analysis of exactly what happened here. What raises a question for me is the quote about how the accident pilot was known for approaching flying "the right way." Maybe it was a friend and colleague protecting the reputation of the pilot. But it is a sad fact that knowledge, experience and even a generally respectful and prudent attitude toward flying do not guarantee protection from disaster. In recent years we've seen Steve Fossett, Scott Crossfield and earlier this year, mountain flying guru Sparky Imeson all come to grief. All were well-respected pilots. All had the reputation for "doing it the right way." While it's certainly possible to point out exactly where and how these pilots failed on their fatal flights, the inevitable question that must haunt pilots with less expertise is, "If it could happen to them, what more can I do to stay as safe as possible?"