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"Turning final, I knew I had to get the plane on the
ground before running out of room, so I came in just
above stall speed," he said. "I was losing altitude over
the landing zone, but my distance from the ground
stayed the same because of the descending slope. At the
halfway mark, I thought, 'This isn't good,' so I pushed
the stick forward, shoving the nose into the ground. It
stopped really fast when the front wheel sheared off and
the nose plowed through cactuses and boulders."
After crashing, military pilots are taught to get their
gear and leave the vehicle as soon as possible. Snider
got 100 yards from his Lancair before noticing smoke,
then fire. The fuel boost pump was still running, feeding
flames that destroyed the plane.
The sleek Lancair was a total loss, but he was able to
reach 911 on his cellphone, which led to the state police
rescuing him in their helicopter.
A day later, he contacted his insurance company
since the plane represented most of his net worth. To

Snider's surprise, his medical had lapsed two months
earlier, voiding the policy. The quarter-million dollars
he thought was needed to start his avionics business
went up in smoke.
"It was a challenging time in life," he said matter-offactly. "Among other things, all my money was tied up
in that plane. That's why I started my avionics business
without any money. I had nothing.
"The funny thing is, I probably wouldn't have started
Aerosecure without the crash. I wasn't afraid of flying,
but that loss pointed me in another direction. I knew I
loved aviation, and there weren't enough avionics shops.
I had a background and experience in this field and love
technology, so it was a perfect fit for my interests.
"I don't regret anything. That's easier to say now,
but it's been a great adventure. Assembling this team of
people and working together makes it all worthwhile.
We really enjoy what we're doing and are passionate
about aviation. It's not just a job." q

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