|By Carmelo Turdo|
Getting back to business, Dixon's safety presentation addressed the 1999 aircraft accident involving pilot John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Kennedy and her sister, Lauren Bessette. Using the conclusions of the NTSB final report, Dixon reviewed the flight itself, Kennedy's flight training record and the human factors leading up to the tragic end of this flight. Contributing factors included inconsistent flight training leading up to Kennedy's Private Pilot Certificate, lack of instrument flight certification, entry into smog and haze conditions during night flight, and the perceived need to continue on with a flight requiring more experience and skills than possessed by John F. Kennedy, Jr. at the time. There are many lessons to be learned from this case study, all of which relate to flying within one's level of skill, preparing thoroughly for each flight, and making the safety of the flight a priority over the expectations of others.