Cessna bent by overrun

This September 2008 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Wadsworth, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that he was intending to practice his skills in the local practice area since he had not flown in 18 days. [Read more…]

Building a winning team

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport.

Powerful allies can pop up out of the blue, if you’re open to recognizing the opportunity. Since my basic rules of advocacy lean in the direction of the more the merrier, I am always on the lookout for either new converts, or old stalwarts, who are willing to join the campaign to make general aviation more readily accepted, and better understood.

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As sales slow, LSA companies use pause to refine their products

Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, is an expert on Light Sport Aircraft.

The sluggish economy has slowed the pace of new model introductions. Holding steady at 109 approved Light-Sport Aircraft — every one of which arrived in the last five and a half years — more designs are still to come. In the interim, companies whose aircraft already populate the LSA marketplace are putting additional effort into refining their aircraft and processes.

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Pure-Gas.org listings increase 33% in two months

The GAfuels Blog is written by two private pilots concerned about the future availability of fuels for piston-engine aircraft: Dean Billing, Sisters, Ore., an expert on autogas and ethanol, and Kent Misegades, Cary, N.C., an aerospace engineer and aviation journalist.

First reported in this blog in July, Sam Hokin’s Pure-Gas.org listing of gas stations and marinas that sell ethanol-free gasoline continues to grow at a fast rate.

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Crews deploy floodwall at STP

With the Mississippi River expected to crest above 18 feet this weekend, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) staff began deploying temporary sections of a floodwall around St. Paul Downtown Airport (STP) this morning, which may result in the airport closing temporarily.

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