TERRELL, TEXAS – The eighth annual Flights of Our Fathers Fly-In at the Terrell Municipal Airport (KTRL) takes off Saturday, Sept. 19, for a day of aerobatics, displays of military and vintage aircraft, World War II re-enactors, a car and motorcycle show, barbecue cook-off, kids’ activities, guest speakers, and more. [Read more…]
The 58-year-old student pilot attempted a takeoff in light wind in Limington, Maine, but about 2,000 feet down the runway, he lost control of the Cessna 172. Only one witness saw the airplane after liftoff, and noted that it was “swerving all over the place before it crashed.” [Read more…]
Dean Rausch sent in this photo, snapped earlier this year during a flight along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, in an Enstrom helicopter. “The Willis Tower (Sears Tower) stands high with its two TV antennas on the top,” he notes. [Read more…]
In the good old days, Oshkosh was a technical information exchange and social gathering. The primary purpose of the event was for homebuilders and aircraft owners to learn about their aircraft. It has now become a major sales event with some social and technical information mixed in.
For example, the major exhibitors are such general aviation stalwarts as John Deere, Ford, Honda and Boeing. Consequently, even the GA companies now send sales personnel to man the booths. This makes finding answers to technical questions challenging at best. [Read more…]
The report, which provides an in-depth analysis of accidents that occurred in 2012, shows that there were 17% few GA accidents in 2012 than in 2011.
- 75% of the GA fixed-wing accidents were attributed to pilot-related causes, continuing the pattern that has characterized this sector for years;
- Accidents attributed to fuel management issues (starvation, exhaustion, and contamination) were the cause of 79 accidents, the second-lowest number on record;
- The report includes ASI’s first-ever analysis of the causes of helicopter accidents.
ASI also prepared a brief statistical analysis of GA accidents in calendar years 2013 and 2014, most of which have preliminary NTSB accident reports.
Highlights from those years include:
- In 2013, the number of GA fixed-wing accidents decreased by an unprecedented 18% from the year before, falling below 1,000 per year for the first time. This improvement continued in 2014 with 923 total accidents, an all-time low.
- The number of fatal accidents fell 24% from 2012 to 2013. While this was followed by a 12% increase in 2014, these remain the only two years in the past half-century with fewer than 200 fatal accidents in light airplanes per year.
- The GA fatal accident rate dropped below 1.00 per 100,000 flight hours for the first time ever in 2013. FAA estimates of GA flight time confirm that the accident rate improvements in 2013 did not result from decreased activity.
RENO, Nevada — NASA is set to expand on information related to its Unmanned Traffic Management research agenda at this year’s National Championship Air Races Sept. 16-20. This year’s event will feature an expanded Drone Zone sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center in partnership with NASA. [Read more…]