The pilot of the aerobatic, tailwheel-equipped Aviat Pitts S2B planned to attend a fly-in at the airport in Lakeville, N.Y. As he overflew the 2,500-foot-long by 60-foot-wide private turf runway, he noted that numerous airplanes were parked along its left side, and elected to favor the right side of the runway during the landing.
During the landing roll the pilot felt a “tickle” in the control stick, and the airplane veered right into the tall grass and berm located along the runway’s right edge. [Read more…]
Megan Vande Voort sent in these photos, captured this summer at Pella Municipal Airport (KPEA) in Iowa: [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) released the latest edition of the Joseph T. Nall Report, which provides the most comprehensive analysis of general aviation safety available.
The latest edition includes data through 2013, the most recent year for which NTSB probable cause findings, aviation activity surveys, and other relevant data sets are available in final form.
For the first time in the 25-year history of the Nall Report, the rate of fatal accidents in non-commercial, fixed-wing aircraft dropped below 1 per 100,000 flight hours. [Read more…]
A student attending the University of North Dakota has been selected to receive the first Henry Ogrodzinski (“Henry O”) Scholarship Award established by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO).
The $1,000 scholarship will be presented later this month to Jordan Aritt of Minnesota. [Read more…]
The flight instructor and private pilot-rated student were flying a five-leg, cross-country flight to conclude a mountain flying training course. The final leg of the flight was intended to cross over the mountains near a popular mountain pass, which was frequented by local pilots because of the landmarks and highway below.
When the flight was overdue, a search was conducted. The Piper PA 28R-201’s wreckage was found in a mountain pass near Steamboat Springs, Colo., about two miles south of the mountain pass that the pilots had intended to cross during the final leg. Both pilots died in the crash. [Read more…]
David Baldwin sent in these photos of an F-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang, and a LockheedT-33 Shooting Star, snapped July 29, 2016, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, during an Arctic Thunder Special Needs and Family Day. [Read more…]
The United States has the largest and most diverse GA community in the world, with more than 220,000 aircraft — including amateur-built aircraft, rotorcraft, balloons, and highly sophisticated turbojets.
The FAA and the GA community are working together to put the right technologies, regulations, and education initiatives in place to improve safety, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reported at EAA AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh.
“The passion that drives pilots to fly here, year after year, is the same passion that fuels so much of the work we do every day at the FAA,” said Huerta. “We’re committed to making general aviation safer and more efficient and we’re making a lot of progress. Collaboration between the FAA and industry is allowing the GA community to benefit from upgraded technology, lower costs, and higher levels of safety.” [Read more…]