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AOPA Never Again

AOPA presents the "Never Again" series in AOPA Pilot magazine and online to allow pilots to learn from the experiences of others.

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Close Call (June 2020)

Flying a race plane is different from flying just about anything else. Find out what happened on this pilot's maiden flight. (By W. G. Hill) 

8mins

13 May 2020

Rank #1

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Sputtering into Vegas (January 2020)

A 182 pilot discovers fuel gauges don't always tell the whole story. (By Dave Houghton) 

8mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Into the Darkness (May 2018)

There's darkness, and then there's middle-of-nowhere darkness. Add in a low cloud base and you've got the recipe for an uncomfortable flight. By Tom Haack.

6mins

10 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Undone by a no-brainer (October 2017)

On a 10-minute VFR trip, a Cessna Skylane pilot wanders into unforecast IMC. What to do? By Peter Boody. 

8mins

11 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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I do declare (November 2019)

 A Cessna twin pilot applies what he learned in an engine-out emergency to another engine-out emergency. (By Pierre Wildman) 

6mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Multiplying risks (December 2019)

Accepting a number of seemingly minor risks endangers a Cherokee pilot and his family. (By John Parker)

11mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Mother's Day Get-there-itis (May 2020)

A Mother's Day promise to his wife and mother caused one pilot to push his limits. (By Tom Snow) 

7mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Big sky mission

Listen to the April 2013 "Never Again" story: Big Sky mission.

8mins

31 May 2013

Rank #8

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A monumental mistake (July 2019)

Sightseeing pilots in a dream destination are seduced by scenic grandeur into making a flight they would regret. (By Alan Cockrell) 

10mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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Jumpers Away (January 2019)

Your engine dies because there's a parachute wrapped around the propeller. Find out how this happens. (By David Hensley) 

7mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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Never Again: A Thump on Final (July. 2015)

An unsuspecting cross-country pilot gets "thumped" by an F-16.

7mins

13 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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Never Again: You Can't Use that Flying IFR (Nov. 2015)

It's nice having a deep-voiced controller to save your bacon when you're icing up in hard IMC in the mountains.

9mins

13 Oct 2015

Rank #12

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A Precarious U-Turn

 Operating in the Los Angeles VFR corridor seems safe enough, at least until the weather conspires against you. By Steven Mark Sachs.

9mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Say again (October 2019)

A 172 pilot calls tower and receives an instruction that's completely Greek to him. Of course he is flying in Greece. (By Carl Dworman)

6mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Ninety-Degree Turn on Takeoff (November 2017)

A sod farm makes a fine landing field until it's harvested. Prepare for a bumpy arrival in "Ninety-Degree Turn on Takeoff" by Tom Haack. 

7mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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Never Again: To Sleep Perchance to Dream

A Centurion pilot on a dull cross-country flight learns how easy it is to fall asleep at the yoke.

8mins

1 Feb 2013

Rank #16

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Never Again: Scud Runner (Dec. 2015)

A newly-minted instrument pilot falls into the impending clearance trap. Cinch up that harness and expect some turbulence!

7mins

16 Nov 2015

Rank #17

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The Little Voice Within Me (July 2017)

There's certainly something wrong with a Skyhawk that runs through its entire fuel supply in an hour and a half. But if there's no obvious leak, where do you look next? By Doren Weston

11mins

28 Jun 2017

Rank #18