Monthly Archives: October 2011

Educational Malpractice Doctrine Applies to Aircraft Flight Training

In January 2003, a Cirrus SR-22 crashed in low visibility near Hill City, Minnesota.  The two occupants of the recently purchased aircraft perished in the accident.  The next of kin of the pilot and passenger later commenced an action against Cirrus and a university alleging that they failed to provide the pilot with adequate flight training.

The pilot, Gary Prokop, had obtained his pilot’s licence in 2001 and had logged about 225 hours of flight time (mostly on his previous aircraft, a slower and less complex Cessna 172).  Mr. Prokop had not obtained his Instrument Rating. He was therefore not permitted to fly in meteorological conditions that were below VFR weather minimums.

The forecasted weather for the route flown was …

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Fun In The Sun

After a longer than expected summer hiatus (no doubt inspired by the very late arrival of summer in Vancouver), the Alexander Holburn Aviation Law Blog is back!  Stay tuned for a post regarding a lawsuit alleging inadequate flight training.…

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