The Pilot's Incapacitated — Now What?

A recent Cessna 414 crash in Georgia offers a tragic reminder of why non-pilots who regularly occupy the right seat should prepare themselves for such a contingency. Tens of thousands of non-pilots have gone through such "pinch-hitter" training, which typically requires just four hours of flight and four of ground school. Non-pilot Sue Ritter reluctantly took the course a few years ago, while pilot/husband Doug (AVweb's news editor) hid in the corner and took notes. Here's a play-by-play from both Doug's and Sue's viewpoints. Sue's advice: stop making excuses and just do it!

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