The non-instrument rated pilot departed on a cross-country flight. When the Cessna 210 was reported overdue by family members, a search was initiated, and the airplane wreckage was located about three miles from a regional airport in Bay City, Wis. The pilot died in the crash. [Read more…]
LAS VEGAS – In a wild and windy season finale, pilot Matthias Dolderer was crowned Germany’s first Red Bull Air Race World Champion in Las Vegas on Oct. 16, 2016.
Australia’s Matt Hall, the only pilot able to challenge Dolderer’s dominance in the final stages of the season, shared the champagne from the second step of the podium. Third place was confirmed for Austria’s Hannes Arch, the former winner whose dynamic season was cut short when he perished in a private helicopter accident in early September. [Read more…]
The enormous growth in the number of small UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) has highlighted the tremendous opportunities in this industry. This includes using drones beyond line of sight to monitor the safety of rail track, bridges, and power lines. It also includes package delivery and humanitarian missions. [Read more…]
The private pilot reported that, during takeoff for a local personal flight in Xenia, Ohio, his seat unexpectedly moved rearward, and the seat back tipped rearward.
As the seat slid rearward, he inadvertently applied aft yoke and his feet came off the rudder pedals, which resulted in a loss of directional control. The Cessna 172 went off the left side of the runway and struck a ditch, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane. [Read more…]