Improper use of flaps by 172 pilot

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Indian Trail, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane, which took off from a 2,350-foot runway with tall trees located off the departure end, was loaded with full fuel, the pilot and three passengers. It was about 117 pounds below its maximum gross operating weight at takeoff.

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Poor go-around for Piper pilot

Aircraft: Piper Comanche. Injuries: None. Location: Lake Tahoe, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot aborted a landing due to traffic on the active runway. As part of the go-around he retracted the landing gear.

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Drugs and the GA pilot

Drugs

FAR 91.17 prohibits flying after the use of “any drug that affects the person’s faculties in any way contrary to safety.” Yet every year pilots crash, killing themselves and their passengers, often because the pilot is chemically compromised by over the counter medications.

That’s the big message from a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board on the use of drugs in the pilot population and how it contributes to accidents. The study concluded that drug use of all types, including prescription medications, is on the rise and, therefore, the risk of impairment from drugs is also increasing.

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Bearhawk receives FAA approval for transition training

Bearhawk

Flying an airplane you’ve never flown before is a lot like cooking in someone else’s kitchen. Although you know how to work a stove, the microwave can present a challenge and finding the most basic of implements can be time consuming and frustrating.

Now add the dimension of being at 3,000 feet above the earth and hurtling through space at 120 knots. Before you attempt to go it alone, it’s a good idea to get some training in that “kitchen.”

Most pilots — and their insurance companies — recognize the value of transition training when moving from one model of aircraft to another. However, it can be a challenge to find someone who can legally provide that training, especially when you intend to fly an experimental aircraft.

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Cirrus runs out of fuel

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: None. Location: Parker, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Before the first flight of the day, the pilot visually checked the airplane’s fuel quantity through the fuel tank filler necks, noting what he believed to be full tanks. He subsequently checked the fuel gauges, which indicated that both wing tanks were less than half full.

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Broken mag brings down Piper

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Allentown, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: During the initial climb on an instructional flight, the engine lost partial power. The CFI performed a forced landing into a cornfield.

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Pilot fails to switch tanks

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Beltzville, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Before launching on the instructional flight, the flight instructor completed a preflight inspection and noted that each wing fuel tank contained about 18 gallons of fuel. At the conclusion of the flight, while returning to the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

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