Student bounces landing

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: Brunswick, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot departed from the airport and was performing three supervised solo takeoffs and landings. The first two went well, [Read more…]

Is it possible to convert my engine?

Paul McBride, an expert on engines, retired after almost 40 years with Lycoming.

Q: I have a Lycoming O-360-A1F6D that was originally installed in a Cessna Cardinal. This engine has since been used in an Van’s RV-6 and I will be installing it into a Van’s RV-8. It does not have a magneto with it as the previous owner used electronic ignition. I have not settled on an ignition source but do not want to go back to the Bendix D4LN-2021 dual mag. I recently noted in a General Aviation News article that Teledyne (TCM), now the owner of the Bendix mags, has stopped support for the dual mag. Is it possible to remove the “D” on this engine configuration by changing accessory housing and gears? Maybe it’s possible but not economical?

DAVE PARADIS, Hubbard, Ore.

A: I really wish you had asked me a different question because I’m afraid my answer to this one is not going to make you a happy camper. [Read more…]

Electric ultralights and battery science

Checking out an e103 at AirVenture 2010. On right is Powrachute boss and Voyager ElectraChute developer Galen Geigley. On the left is Powered Sport Flying magazine publisher and PSF Radio Show host, Roy Beisswenger.

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

I am not alone in thinking Part 103 ultralight aircraft are the ideal platform for initial development of electric powered aircraft. Sure, someday you’ll be able to fly your 2-4 seater for 300-400 miles or more, recharge in the time it takes you to use the facilities, and be on your way again. But today, electric-powered Part 103s are available.

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Aviation author wins Combs award

The recipient of the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Eighth Annual Combs Gates Award is pilot and aviation author/photographer Philip Handleman of Birmingham, Michigan, who is being recognized for his upcoming book, an illustrated history of the first century of American airpower.

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Development planned for W.Va.’s Morgantown Municipal Airport

A new National Guard Readiness Center, Technology Park and 40 new T-hangars are planned at Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW) in West Virginia, according to a report in The State Journal that notes:

“This prime 400-acre tract of land has sat idle for decades because of the lack of good road access and utilities. This is changing, however, as the city of Morgantown, the Monongalia County Commission, the Monongalia County Development Authority and the West Virginia Army Reserve National Guard are jointly investing over $5 million to bring a quality access road and high capacity infrastructure to this site in order to support a multi-purpose development.”

Schwarzenegger vetoes California CFI moratorium

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed Assembly Bill 1889, which would have imposed a moratorium on costly new flight training regulations in the state. The governor objected to parts of the bill unrelated to the flight school provision, according to a story at, which notes that the organization is “undaunted” by the veto as it is working on several legislative vehicles to address controversial new flight school regulations from the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009.

Deadline for GA Award nominations Sept. 30

Nominations for the 2011 GA Awards must be received by local FSDOs no later than Sept. 30. If you know a CFI, aviation maintenance technician, avionics technician, or FAASTeam Rep who deserves to be recognized for his or her contributions to the aviation community, consider nominating that person today.

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