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Guiding Aviators and Aircrews through life's storms


FOCUSED FLYING might be one of the best investments you’d ever make. Part I consists of 25 chapters dealing with real-life situations and conditions not addressed in training curricula. Many accident pilots succumb to wrong perceptions. 

Causality studies show many are not even aware of what they're facing.  You may be speaking in the wrong idiom over the RT and never realize it, till one day… which could explain why decompression related accidents have claimed top-class pilots in ultra-modern planes, some recently. What should be done differently?

The book shows how subtle misunderstandings about a state of the art Fadec system could nearly claim a top-class crew of an ultra-safe helicopter. The book endeavors in the most concise format how instructors could make the most of training opportunities – without changing the curriculum.

Crews on contract will benefit from chapters like Group Dynamics and Air Safety. Such considerations may change their paradigm and approach to safety management.

Focused Flying is anything but doom and gloom, but could change the way you think about flying…

Part II contains 12 chapters about real life characters with a touch of humor from which quite a few air safety principles could be gleaned.

  • Copies can also be ordered from Wings & Things at Lanseria and Grand Central Airport; Comet Aviation Supplies at Rand Airport, Pilots ‘n Planes at Wonderboom Airport and The Pilot Shop at Durban Virginia Airport. Digital copies not available. 




Avoiding Fatal Flying Traps is a 220 page book containing General Aviation (GA) accident etiologies. 

Recommended retail price at pilot shops is R220 exc. VAT.

Avoidable accidents are virtual repetitions of previous events. Many pilots are simply not aware of the underlying factors or unforeseen circumstances.  

Especially General Aviators are vulnerable. The record shows the rules do not always make them safe.

Misconceptions prevail. Training is neither consolidated nor converted into insight, airman-ship or good judgement. 

Experienced professionals end up in pitfalls too.  Pressures ‘external to the cockpit’ influence bad in-flight decisions. Many are not even aware of group dynamic factors at play.  

  • Avoiding Fatal Flying Traps is way different than any book you have ever read about flying. It is not only a must for the safety conscious aviator, but the examiner and the safety manager.
  • It's not what you know that kills you, it's what you don't know.
  • The overall approach is not to look for 'the spider' but 'the web' of circumstantial factors and predisposing influences.
  • Vital aspects of in-flight single-crew resource management and automation errors are incorporated. 
  • Some multi-crew co-ordination errors are also covered. 




Images (top): Survivor Anwen Pretorius with husband and baby daughter with African pilot Athol Franz (right), after a miraculous escape from the wreckage (below). Read chapter 'Dead Man Walking'.

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Comments about the book


I am the president of the JHB EAA Chapter 322...I am a strong protagonist of CRM and find the examples you have used electrifying....

Karl Jensen - Airline Captain

Avoiding Fatal Flying Traps' should be prescribed study for everyone who flies'

Guy Leitch – Editor, SA Flyer Magazine

The book is indeed a wake-up call to all in aviation. What you learn by reading it and digesting its contents could one day very well save your life.

Tom Chalmers - Editor, World Airnews

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Spha Radebe, Private Pilot []  

I was scheduled to fly a Cessna 172, ZS-PFC any time between 19 and 23 March 2011 to the Dundee area in KZN. I wanted to depart on the 19th, but the weather around Wonderboom (airport) was not good. Having waited more than a day for the bad weather to clear, Wonderboom Tower finally cleared me to takeoff (from) RWY 29 for KZN outbound via Special Rules Area eastern route. 

Having read the book Avoiding Fatal Flying Traps by Johan Lottering, I could weigh up all the factors in my favor and against me. I was under pressure to proceed with the next part of training for the Commercial Pilot License and needed the extra flying hours.

As I became airborne at Wonderboom I saw that to the east low clouds were moving in. I continued flying towards my destination for a while. 

At the reporting point, southeast of Mamelodi (township), I could see that the weather was becoming worse than what I had anticipated before takeoff. Right there and then I took a decision to turn back to the Wonderboom airfield, aborting the trip altogether. This probably saved my life. 

The insight to turn around came from having read the book Avoiding Fatal Flying Traps, as my decision disappointed a lot of people waiting for me. 

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