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FlightSafety Dash 8 training page 9

report by neil macdougall

Michael Moore had some excitement, too, when flying for the Red Cross in Angola, Mozambique and Southeast Asia. His Twin Otter was hit by a ground-to-air missile. It destroyed the port engine, but he made a safe landing. After that, the three times his wheels were blown up by land mines seem hardly worth mentioning.

It’s somewhat a surprise to learn that most pilots who take the Twin Otter courses are from abroad. The Transport Canada regulation requiring operators to use a simulator if one is available does not apply to aircraft of the Twin Otter’s weight.

Instructors are trained to be aware of and sensitive to student pilots’ cultural differences, but even the teachers are occasionally surprised. After one group of “experienced” copilots failed the Twin Otter course, it was discovered that their company doesn’t let them do landings or takeoffs! |

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