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(Un)Holy Smoke!

What’s the one thing in general aviation (GA) that scares you — I mean really scares you? For many pilots, it’s the nightmare of facing an aircraft fire during a flight. For James Williams, a pilot, ground instructor, and author of “(Un) Holy Smoke, The Nightmare of Smoke, Fire, and Deadly Gas,” just the thought of an aircraft fire unnerves him too. In his piece, you’ll not only find strategies to prevent fires, and many other in-flight emergencies, but also helpful tips on what to do if these nightmares happen to you, at

To learn more about the kind of events that can cause an emergency in flight, and how you might prevent and react to them, check out FAA Safety Briefing’s emergency-focused Sep/Oct 2019 issue at