Michael  Canders - Farmingdale State College. Farmingdale, NY, US

Michael Canders Michael  Canders

Aviation Center Director, Associate Professor | Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY, US

Dr. Canders is an airline transport pilot, commercial helicopter pilot, and drone pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours experience.

MLB Pitcher Dies in Plane Crash – What to Know about the Icon A5

MLB Pitcher Dies in Plane Crash – What to Know about the Icon A5 2017-11-16
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Last week, two-time Cy Young Winning pitcher, Roy Halliday died when his plane crashed off the coast of Florida.

He was flying a single-engine plane, the Icon A5.

The Icon A5 Icon is a light, amphibious airplane that can land on water or land, have folding wings and can be transported by trailers.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating and according to the the Federal Aviation Administration, the certification for the plane was issued Monday.

The aircraft was brand new.

Last May in California, an A5 crashed killing two people. It was ruled by the NTSB as pilot error.

There are a lot of outstanding questions still to be answered.

What do pilots need to know about planes like the A5?

How common is pilot error?

And should there be more training required before non-commercial pilots get behind the stick of a new plane?

And can a company like Icon recover from this much bad press?

Situations like this require expertise – that’s where the experts from Farmingdale State College can help.

Dr. Michael Canders is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aviation at Farmingdale. He has flown helicopters and fighter jets for over three decades and is an expert in aviation and aircraft Michael is available to speak about this topic – simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.


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