Seems like every year a rash of accidents comes around about now.
Lots of us know a few folks that aren't with us anymore.
For my part, I'd like to focus on ways to make sure my decisions don't contribute to any sad stories this fall. So, I plan to:
1. Practice on long runways for enough hours to hone any lost skills and in a manner that enables me to know what performance my plane is capable of.
2. Use landing zones that are twice the length that I actually need.
3. Regularly cycle on my carb heat whenever I am below 1,000 feet agl.
4. Fly straight for 10 seconds after any animal sighting, make a 180 degree turn, and fly the airplane, not the animal, the entire time.
5. Plan for at least a 1 hour reserve of fuel at all times.
6. Land only places where I am absolutely confident in the nature of the landing surface as it relates to my tire size.
7. Fly in weather that I would be willing to take my mother flying in.
I probably should have added a few more.
Perhaps you or some pilot you know has a different set of needs in order to ensure competency and adequate decision-making to avoid sad stories. Feel free to post them.
I'm all for getting out and flying, and I believe in making use of airplanes. But I also believe in coming home to my family. Every year about now it seems some folks don't make it home. Be careful out there.