T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)'s Reviews > The Killing Zone, Second Edition : How & Why Pilots Die, Second Edition

The Killing Zone, Second Edition  by Paul A. Craig
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it was amazing
bookshelves: aviation, reviewed

This was one of those books you can read in a single sitting. The author has clearly attempted to write a book that is engaging and interesting, but also full of facts. He has succeeded very well.

Other reviews have criticised the statistics: that the author does not take into account that some (or most) of the apparent ‘killing zone’ effect - with most accidents happening to pilots with <300 hours - is due to the fact that there are simply more low hours pilots. Every pilot is a low-hours pilot at first: only some pilots go on to become high-hours pilots (and not only because they die: lots just give up flying).

However, even taking that into account, this book makes valuable reading. The author goes through the major causes of accidents, how they come about and how they might be avoided, together with useful things for pilots to know in order not to become another statistic. And he does this in down-to-earth language that makes the book a pleasure, rather than a chore, to read. He obviously has his own particular hobby-horses in the matter of how pilots should be trained, but that doesn’t detract from the value of this book.

Highly recommended.

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Reading Progress

February 11, 2019 – Started Reading
February 11, 2019 – Shelved
February 11, 2019 – Shelved as: aviation
February 18, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed
February 18, 2019 – Finished Reading

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