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Usually when I write on aerobatic and/or airshow safety, the area I cover concerns warbirds. I’d like to depart from that format for this article because I believe the issue I want to discuss with you here is one of the most important and dangerous issues facing pilots flying today’s ultra high performance aircraft. The issue in discussion here today concerns that area of a display routine we call “ The Downline.”
Nowadays, we are so accustomed to human flight that we sometimes forget that it is not our natural mode of transport, as it is, for example, for birds. Rather, we have altered our reality by designing machines with complex systems that allow us to fly. However, these machines are sophisticated, fragile, and operate in rapidly changing environments. They are imperfect, as they have been designed by the human being, who is himself imperfect.