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Safety Recommendation A-97-019
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Synopsis: ON 4/11/96, ABOUT 0824 MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME, PRIVATELY OWNED CESSNA 177B, REGISTRATION N35207, COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN AFTER A LOSS OF CONTROL FOLLOWING TAKEOFF FROM RUNWAY 3O AT THE CHEYENNE AIRPORT, CHEYENNE, WYOMING. THE PILOT IN COMMAND, PILOT TRAINEE, & REAR SEAT PASSENGER (THE PILOT TRAINEE'S FATHER) WERE FATALLY INJURED. INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS EXISTED AT THE TIME, & A VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR) FLIGHT PLAN HAD BEEN FILED. THE FLIGHT, WHICH WAS A CONTINUATION OF A TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT "RECORD" ATTEMPT BY THE YOUNGEST "PILOT" TO DATE (THE PILOT TRAINEE), WAS OPERATED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 14 CFR PART 91.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE AIRCRAFT OWNERS & PILOTS ASSOCIATION, THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION, & THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS: DISSEMINATE INFO ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT & CONTINUE TO EMPHASIZE TO YOUR MEMBERS THE IMPORTANCE OF AERONAUTICAL DECISION MAKING.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: CHEYENNE, WY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: SEA96MA079
Accident Reports: In-Flight Loss of Control and Subsequent Collision with Terrain CESSNA 177B, N35207
Report #: AAR-97-02
Accident Date: 4/11/1996
Issue Date: 3/21/1997
Date Closed: 11/13/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Experimental Aircraft Association (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
National Association of Flight Instructors (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Association of Flight Instructors
Date: 4/18/2001
Response: NAFI HAS NOT SENT ANY CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. ACCORDINGLY, A-92-111 AND A-97-19 ARE NOW CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION/NO RESPONSE RECEIVED." PLEASE INFORM THE SAFETY BOARD OF WHETHER OR NOT NAFI HAS INITIATED OR COMPLETED ANY ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, SO THAT THE BOARD MAY EVALUATE THOSE ACTIONS AND RECLASSIFY THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: National Association of Flight Instructors
Date: 7/19/2000
Response: SAFETY BOARD RECORDS INDICATE THAT NAFI HAS NOT REPLIED CONCERNING EITHER OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS SINCE THEY WERE ISSUED. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING OF ANY CURRENT, COMPLETED, OR PLANNED ACTIVITIES THAT NAFI HAS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO A-92-111 AND A-97-19. IF THERE ARE NO CURRENT OR PLANNED ACTIVITIES, PLEASE INFORM THE BOARD SO THAT WE MAY CLOSE THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: Experimental Aircraft Association
Date: 3/29/2001
Response: The Safety Board notes with disappointment that none of the five articles sent for review by the EAA mentioned the Cheyenne, Wyoming, accident. Further, all of the articles were from a NAFI publication; none were from EAA publications. The Safety Board continues to believe that the Cheyenne, Wyoming, accident is a compelling case study of the tragic consequences of improper aeronautical decision making and that the EAA’s membership would benefit from being given important information about the accident. Further, the Board’s intent in making this recommendation was to disseminate this information to as many pilots as possible, not just to flight instructors. However, because the EAA has addressed the intent of Safety Recommendation A-97-19 (that is, to emphasize to their members the importance of aeronautical decision making) in an alternative manner, it is classified “Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action.”

From: Experimental Aircraft Association
To: NTSB
Date: 10/30/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/06/2000 2:29:21 PM MC# 2001633 In conjunction with the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) published a series of articles in our magazines to discuss the causes of the accident and to remind pilots of the importance of proper and continuous aeronautical decision making. These articles were designed to provide our members with timely information concerning the accident, as the NTSB released data, and how to prevent like occurrences, as recommended by A?97?19. The NAFI associated Flight Training Magazine has continued to publish articles on proper aeronautical decision making and how not to be pressured into making poor decisions due to weather, family/financial pressures, or self?imposed deadlines (got?to?get?there or back home). Copies of five of these articles, dated 10/96, 1/97, 3197, 3/98, and 10/98, are attached. EAA, through our EAA Young Eagles program, has continued to introduce kids into the world of flight. The introduction to aviation kids receive through the EAA Young Eagles program stresses the need to be properly prepared for flight, using good decision making processes based on all available information, including weather reports, Notams, and the condition of the aircraft. EAA feels the educational articles published in our magazines and the pro-active approach to safety in the EAA Young Eagles program, meet the requirements contained in NTSB Safety Recommendation A-97-19.

From: NTSB
To: Experimental Aircraft Association
Date: 7/19/2000
Response: SAFETY BOARD RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE EAA HAS NOT REPLIED CONCERNING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS SINCE THEY WERE ISSUED. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING OF ANY CURRENT, COMPLETED, OR PLANNED ACTIVITIES THAT THE EAA HAS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO A-92-111, A-97-19 AND A-99-9. IF THERE ARE NO CURRENT OR PLANNED ACTIVITIES, PLEASE INFORM THE BOARD SO THAT WE MAY CLOSE THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Date: 11/13/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD THANKS AOPA FOR DISSEMINATING THIS INFORMATION TO ITS MEMBERS, WHICH MEETS THE INTENT OF A-97-19; THEREFORE, IT IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
To: NTSB
Date: 7/19/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 09/05/2000 10:29:47 AM MC# 2001038 COPIES OF "A QUESTION OF AGE OR JUDGEMENT," PP. 116-118 IN JUNE 1996 ISSUE OF AOPA PILOT, AND "DECISIONS THAT MATTER: A RUSHED DEPARTURE PROVED TO BE A COSTLY MISTAKE," PP. 83-86 IN THE MAY 1997 ISSUE OF AOPA PILOT WERE SUBMITTED. THESE ARTICLES WERE SUBMITTED WITHOUT A COVER LETTER IN RESPONSE TO A 7/19/00 LETTER FROM BARRY SWEEDLER OF THE SAFETY BOARD REQUESTING AN UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THIS RECOMMENDATION.