By current standards the business aircraft accident rate in the late 1970s was appalling: 1.78 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates, the well-known safety statistic tracking firm based in Boca Raton, Fla. That was before simulator-based training became standard practice in the business aircraft community, Breiling explained. But, by the mid 1980s, business and corporate aircraft operators, following the lead of the airlines, had embraced ...

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