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Alcohol and Aviation: They Don't Mix


December 1, 2020

Graphic courtesy of V. Jones

OK, "tis the season to be jolly." Don't get me wrong. I'm really big on jolly. Problem is I'm also really big on making it through the holiday season alive and with my pilot's license intact. An important part of achieving that noble goal is knowing where, when and how much of Christmas cheer to consume. You know as well as I do that the successful outcome of any flight depends upon the ability of the pilot to make myriad decisions rapidly and correctly, to see and avoid, to communicate precisely and succinctly. A surprisingly small amount of alcohol can compromise all of these critic...

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