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Saratoga Springs GPS Approach Flown Into Trees

Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:11 pm

This is a really fascinating article about the GPS 05 approach into Saratoga Springs, NY (5B2). The PIC followed the published approach procedure, and it led him straight into a tree.

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-ne...01/fly-plate-and-you-wont-get-hurt

A good reminder to all pilots out there.

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RE: Saratoga Springs GPS Approach Flown Into Trees

Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:30 am

I'm going to guess that 100ft trees that might add 3ft/year would be... white pines? Yikes, though.
 
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RE: Saratoga Springs GPS Approach Flown Into Trees

Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:37 am

Thanks for posting - that's very interesting, to say the least.

I wonder if the litigation included negligence charges - hard to do against any governmental entity, I know. It seems that the city and the FAA knew about the trees penetrating the approach's airspace.
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