Plane Crashes in Forsyth County

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A small plane crashed in Forsyth County Sunday afternoon while trying to land at Mathis Airport. Full Story
ap mechanic

United States

#1 Feb 11, 2008
here we go again, pilot flies in weather that is above pilot skills. At what time are pilots going to realize, that you cannot exceed the recommended weather conditions for a given aircraft. Tease that tiger too much and it will kill you.Weekend-warrior pilots, take heed, "there is no reason in the world to fly in bad weather other than a time of war". Fly by that rule and you will live longer.
AreYouSureIt WasIce

New York, NY

#2 Feb 11, 2008
Hey AP Mechanic,

How dare you challenge someone to apply common sense! Have you no heart?!
JD Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#3 Feb 11, 2008
That airport must have one of the highest ratio of accidents per flight operation. Seems like there is a crash there every couple of months.
Shure

Augusta, GA

#4 Feb 11, 2008
I remember one of the Ten Commandments is:
Thou shalt maintain thy airspeed between 10 and 500 feet, lest the earth rise up and smite thee.
old hand

Lawrenceville, GA

#5 Feb 11, 2008
I hangared and flew my plane out of Mathis Airport for well over a decade. Regarding accidents, it's not the airport; it's visiting pilots that grow up on jumbo-sized 5000x100 ft runways that try to land without any training. Few people train on small strips anymore and as a consequence the level of airmanship of the average pilot today is somewhat appalling. I wonder how they are going to dead-stick into a field when the engine quits. At Mathis we practiced that on every single flight and got pretty darn good at it. The pilots based there are not the ones you need to worry about.

Nevertheless, this poor fellow (I don't know if he's based there or not) probably caught a gust a just the wrong moment. It can happen to anyone; even a pilot highly experienced on small airstrips. Many days I kept my plane in the hangar on very gusty days like Sunday, I don't push it...but we sure miss C.J.
Wayne Cumming Ga

AOL

#6 Apr 5, 2008
Mathis Airport is a very nice airport. Like (old hand) said it, very few people train on small strips anymore. I have known of this airport all my life and I am 56 yesrs old, And I am also a Pilot, I know the first man that landed a plane there before it was Mathis Airport. Before CJ died he and his brother, and Dave W.(another friend of CJ's) could tell you some good tells.
CJ WE ALL MISS YOU

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