Steve Nelson captured this shot of two colorful bizjets on the ramp at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) in Broomfield, Colorado, after a summer storm has passed. [Read more…]
By LINDE HOFF
In 2011, an experienced pilot was attempting to land in a mountainous area in the dark. Unfortunately, he had a problem with his equipment, so his GPS was scrambled and useless to him — a pilot’s worst nightmare in these modern days.
He was relying solely on what he could see out the window of the cockpit, as well as guidance from air traffic controllers, to help him land safely at the closest airstrip.
Since it was all happening quickly and at night with no electronic equipment to guide the pilot, the tower crew was woefully unsuccessful in assisting him, and he ended up crashing his airplane into the side of a mountain.
Fortunately, he survived the accident — only the second person in history to make it out alive out of 100 who had ever crashed on that particular mountain pass.
What is perhaps most interesting about this story is that had that pilot been in Montana, he would most likely not have had that accident, because of the lighted beacons still in existence today on the state’s mountain ￼passes. [Read more…]
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — A proposed new compliance pathway for Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for manufacturing of safety-enhancing avionics and other low risk equipment emerged during a Jan. 17 meeting in Oshkosh between officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), top FAA officials, and others in the aviation industry. [Read more…]
The FAA will hold webinars and public workshops through Feb. 8 on upcoming airspace improvements that will occur throughout Southern California. [Read more…]
A witness located near the accident site in Seabeck, Washington, reported observing an airplane “spinning out of control” as it descended toward the water and breaking apart as it descended out of sight behind a stand of trees. [Read more…]
As an airplane-crazy kid, Pat Napolitano had a picture of a Beechcraft Staggerwing on his bedroom wall. Today he flies one of the distinctive biplanes for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics.
With his trademark Fedora hat and leather jacket reminiscent of Howard Hughes, Napolitano and his unique corporate plane stand out on the ramp wherever he lands, especially after announcing his arrival with the distinctive “oooga” sound of a 1930s Klaxon horn. [Read more…]