Happy anniversary Captain Capra

This year’s SUN ’n FUN marked the 10th anniversary of Jason Capra as co-pilot on the Douglas C-54 “Spirit of Freedom,” a flying museum dedicated to telling the story of the Berlin Airlift. And he’s only 30.

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Ground loop for Piper Pacer

Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Fairbanks, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a hard surfaced runway. [Read more...]

Inexperience, sensitive brakes bad combo

Aircraft: Fairchild 24 C8C. Injuries: None. Location: Redmond, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot received his tailwheel endorsement in another airplane make. His total flight time in the Fairchild was about one hour.

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Blocked rudder pedals lead to off-runway trip

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Abingdon, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, after the airplane touched down it started to veer to the left as he began to apply the brakes. [Read more...]

Hypoxic pilot crashes

Aircraft: Cessna T182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Ludlow, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a cross-country flight in night visual meteorological conditions and requested flight following from air traffic control. [Read more...]

Flying Challenge debuts this week

There is something about aviation that brings out the competitor in all of us. Redbird Flight Simulations and a cadre of sponsors, including Flying Magazine, Jeppesen and ForeFlight, have thrown down the virtual Gauntlet of Challenge to those who want show they have the right stuff through the Flying Challenge Cup.

The Challenge, which debuts Tuesday at SUN ’n FUN, is a series of computer-based scenarios flown in a full-motion Redbird Flight Simulator. The challenge begins Tuesday.

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Distraction leads to crash

Aircraft: Zodiac CH 601XL. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Belmont, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot had previously flown the experimental, amateur-built airplane cross-country to a potential buyer but the sale was not completed and the airplane did not fly for several months until arrangements could be made to return the airplane.

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Bad fuel management for Baron

Aircraft: Beech Baron. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Broken Bow, Neb. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that the airplane was fully fueled before departure. The fuel system was composed of two 37-gallon main fuel tanks and two 31-gallon auxiliary fuel tanks. The pilot stated he had not used any of the fuel in the auxiliary tanks before the loss of engine power.

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Departure stall kills one

Aircraft: Avid Flyer MK4. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Waxhaw, N.C. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: According to several eyewitnesses who were pilots, the pilot of the airplane initiated a go-around about 30 feet above ground level.

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Gusty wind leads to bad bounce

Aircraft: Allegro. Injuries: None. Location: Groveland, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a gusting, quartering tailwind. The airplane bounced three times.

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