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Under scrutiny: Safety of popular air shows, races

Published 01/08/2012, Associated Press

NTSB hearing set Tuesday
That some victims of the Reno, Nev., air show tragedy would still support such events and return to them underscores the powerful fascination of air shows and races, which are built around pilots and performers engaged in extreme risk-taking. More than 10 million people attend U.S. air shows every year. But what level of risk is acceptable for both the public and the pilots? And can safety improvements be made to reduce that risk while still permitting daredevil performances?

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