19 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 171 (1995-1996)
Aviation Products Liability as the Cause of the Decline in Small Aircraft Manufacturing: An Examination of Possible Solutions

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as the Cause of the Decline
in Small Aircraft Manufacturing:
An Examination of Possible Solutionst
I. Introduction
There is a feeling of absolute finality about the end of a flight through
darkness. The whole scheme of things with which you have lived acutely,
during hours of roaring sound in an element altogether detached from
the world, ceases abruptly. The plane noses groundward, the wings
strain to the firmer cushion of earthbound air, wheels touch, and the
engine sighs into silence. The dream of flight is suddenly gone before
the mundane realities of growing grass and swirling dust, the slow
plodding of men and the enduring patiences of rooted trees. Freedom
escapes you again, and wings that were a moment ago no less than an
eagle's, and swifter, are metal and wood once more, inert and heavy.'
Flying alters perception forever and gives the pilot a new perspective.
The pilot, even when on the ground, can always imagine the world from
that new perspective; he knows what eagles know.
Many pilots learn to fly, and continue to fly, because of an appreciation
of this new perspective. Unfortunately, flying is a demanding hobby.
Exorbitant amounts of time and money are required to learn to fly and
t The author is a third year law student at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham,
Alabama. Prior to becoming a law student, Lcdr. Salmon served for 12 years as an active
duty Navy Pilot, mainly flying the U.S. Navy's P-3C Orion aircraft. Lcdr. Salmon continues
to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Pilot with Patrol Squadron Ninety Four at Naval Air
Station New Orleans in Louisiana. Lcdr. Salmon holds an FAA certification as an Airline
Transport Pilot, is qualified to fly numerous different types of aircraft and has logged over
4000 hours of pilot time.
The author would like to thank James T. Thompson, a local aviation attorney, and Professor
Andrew Klein for their invaluable help and advice in the creation of this Note.
1. BERYL MARKHAM, WEST WITH THE NIGHT 17 (1983). Beryl Markham, aviation pioneer
and adventurer, flew throughout the wilds of Africa in the 1930s. She was the first person to
fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. Ernest Hemingway, who knew Markham personally,
wrote: [S]he has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of
myself as a writer. Letter from Ernest Hemmingway to Maxwell Perkins (from portion of
the Hemingway letter printed on the back cover of the cited book).

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