CAP Talk

Operations => Safety => Topic started by: Live2Learn on October 08, 2017, 03:20:22 PM

Title: Aopa video - running out of gas in a SEL aircraft, low IMC, night, and more
Post by: Live2Learn on October 08, 2017, 03:20:22 PM (

The video is well done, the accident report compelling...  NTSB (  NTSB)

But, there appears to be more to the story: (   Pilot's post mortem Toxicology report...

Side effects: (
FWIW, it appears to me that the bigger issue (not addressed by the AOPA’s video nor by the NTSB) was whether these drugs would be approved for flight and would they (or the underlying condition) mandate self grounding until the medical condition/conditions were no longer a factor.  Note the side effects of each of these drugs may individually include debilitating conditions, with some inducing cognitive issues.  While one of the above side effects reports discusses acetaminophen/dihydrocodeine, the side effects of the other drugs taken concurrently (hydromorphone and naproxen) are not discussed.  Also, while drugs were not found in the blood, all were in the urine… which was most certainly accumulated from kidney filtered blood since the beginning of the flight over five hours previously.
I think most of the IFR rated among us might agree that one should NEVER count on a several hours old forecast for a single airport (or even a tight cluster of airports) for a primary and alternate airport... especially, ESPECIALLY at night, in IMC, and ESPECIALLY at night where IMC to minimums is a possibility.
It’s been awhile since I first viewed this video.  Viewing the video again really drove home the gravity of the good Doctor’s situation, and how essential it is for us to enter that perilous environment (from pre-flight planning forward…) with all of our abilities on line and unimpaired.  IMSAFE takes on some substance here.  And the FRO's role (for CAP) some real meaning.