XL stands for eXtra Large. The high wings with the bulbous tires is reminiscent of Just Aircraft’s popular Super Stol, but the XL is 24 inches longer in the fuselage and 6 inches longer in the cowling. [Read more…]
The private pilot had logged 212 hours, including 40 in the Piper Arrow. Two witnesses reported seeing an airplane matching the description of the Piper Arrow flying in the area of the departure airport at very low altitudes about 90 minutes before the accident near Norfolk, Neb. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Waco YKS-7 was attempting to land in a crosswind at Rialto, Calif. The airplane swerved during the landing roll and the pilot applied the brakes to regain directional control. [Read more…]
A flight instructor and student were practicing short field landings in a Cirrus SR22 at the airport in Milledgville, Ga. When the airplane was about 20 feet above the ground and on final approach, the airspeed suddenly decreased. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 172 entered the traffic pattern at a residential airpark in Davis, W.Va. He was concerned about the houses located near the runway, so he approached the 3,000-foot runway higher and faster than he normally would. [Read more…]
Sectionals, headsets, kneeboards — all are appropriate gifts for the pilot in your life. If the pilot in your life also has a seaplane rating, gifts appropriate to watercraft operations come into play. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 182 was practicing touch-and-go landings at the airport in Colorado Springs.
He was on his sixth approach when the tower air traffic controller requested that he do a short approach. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 152 and a passenger were returning to their home airport at the conclusion of a cross-country flight. The pilot elected to perform a simulated loss of engine power and subsequent practice approach to a farm field.
During the approach, the airplane descended to about the height of the irrigation system installed in the field. The pilot noticed a “glint of light” and instinctually applied full power, increased pitch, and rolled the airplane right. [Read more…]
The 81-year-old pilot had recently purchased an Alon A2. According to a friend of the pilot, the pilot had not flown on a regular basis for the better part of 20 years prior to the acquisition of the Alon. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 175 reported that upon arrival at his destination in Albuquerque, N.M., he realized there were dust devils in the vicinity, but didn’t think they would be a factor during the approach and landing. [Read more…]