There have only been a couple of fatals this year. Most of those guys are really experienced, you don't just walk into flying a turbine otter on floats, or the like.Small scale operations, such as bush pilots in Alaska ferrying fishermen and hunters into wilderness areas, account for many pilot fatalities. These flyers may be inexperienced, and their planes often aren't well maintained. Those new to an area sometimes get lost in unfamiliar territory or due to low visibility.
I'm suprised that they don't mention aerial firefighting...
For the most part, bush pilots are far more experienced than most. It is very unforgiving flying. There are some operators that skimp on maintenance, but most are very thorough and are in excellent shape.Yeah but don't a lot of companies run cherokee 6s and the like up there?
In juneau at LAB it was very very common. Cessna's everywhere else pretty much. There are exceptions, island air operates cherokees down in PADQ, and JP Air in Bethole operates some. But mostly 206/207.We had a guy who applied who flew PA-28s and 32s in Alaska out of Juneau so I didn't know how common it was
The military kills more troops at home (DUI, car accidents) than they do in work related mishaps. I would assume cops and firemen must have a higher fatality rate.What's interesting is that the list is on a per capita basis. Pure numbers show that truck drivers off-ed themselves to the tune of 900-ish last year. Pilots: 82. Of note: they included those pesky flight engineers in the total numbers too....so that skews everything. ;-)
Military is actually not a dangerous profession (at least not in the top 10): over 300,000 currently in the field and a grand total of about 4000 dead ACROSS 5 years...this does admittedly come out to 1333/100000; but it's across a 5 year period. I think the 300,000 is also combat troop numbers, not necessarily all the support staff and non-combat folks. Someone please correct me if i am wrong on that.....
Most of us pack around food.I'll bet regionals are hell on the arteries. Terminal food is all that's available and all you can afford. Perhaps a Sekrit Plot by management to clear off the top of the seniority list at places like Eagle?