Roy Halladay crash: ICON CEO set new low-altitude guidelines three weeks before tragedy

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USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge Ortiz looks back on the career of the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who was killed in a plane crash Nov. 7.
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ICON Aircraft CEO Kirk Hawkins announced a new set of low-altitude flying guidelines in an email to customers on Oct. 17, just weeks before Cy Young-winning pitcher Roy Halladay fatally crashed his sport plane into the Gulf of Mexico. 

“There is little formal training required by the (Federal Aviation Administration) or provided by traditional transportation-focused aviation training programs to adequately prepare you for low altitude flying,” Hawkins said in the email. “Given this, our goal is to take a proactive, leadership role in the flight training process and we have developed our own low altitude guidelines from lessons learned over decades of military, seaplane, and bush flying.”

The ICON guidelines said flying 300 feet above water or undeveloped ground “provides

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/11/08/roy-halladay-crash-icon-ceo-low-altitude-guidelines-email/843347001/

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