The Piper PA 32-300 had been parked on the ramp at the airport in Ardmore, Okla., for two or three months waiting for completion of engine maintenance work. The evening before the accident, the pilot and the passenger, who held a mechanic certificate, were seen replacing the engine’s Nos. 4 and 6 cylinders. [Read more…]
I’ve received several questions recently about oil filters. Specifically, if you own an aircraft that came from the factory without an oil filter, should you install an aftermarket filter?
The questions were usually divided into two parts. First, will the installation of an oil filter pay for itself? And will an oil filter increase the life or increase the chance of reaching TBO on an aircraft engine? [Read more…]
Forget the $100 hamburger. In this new video from FunPlacesToFly, Bar B Que is the mission! “We flew out of McKinney Airport and headed for Gainesville Airport in Gainesville, Texas,” explains Smitty Smith, the force behind the website. “We grabbed an airport courtesy car and went into town. What fun!” [Read more…]
The FAA’s new regulations went into effect Aug. 29 for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more popularly known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft. [Read more…]
The new FAA rule governing commercial operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft — means more businesses and innovators will be able to fly, unlocking the “tremendous economic benefits of the new technology,” according to the top official of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). [Read more…]
The program serves to keep safety at the forefront, which is especially critical considering that UAS outnumber registered manned aircraft, company officials note. [Read more…]
The Air Tractor pilot was spraying a corn field near Cimarron, Kansas, bordered by radio antennas.
He had sprayed the field previously and planned to use the same pattern this time. However, on his initial pass, he focused on the inner guy wire anchor point, which caused him to inadvertently fly between the inner and outer guy wires. [Read more…]