The pilot was flying the Cessna 172 near Thief River Falls, Minn., when he noted that the air was getting a little choppy and that he had to increase the wind correction angle in order to fly the appropriate heading. [Read more…]
The Piper Cherokee was being flown by a student pilot near Jacksonville, N.C. The student left the airport to do some air work, then returned for landing. During final approach to the runway, the airplane drifted to the left. [Read more…]
“I’ve always wanted to do that.”
That’s the response you are likely to get if you tell someone that you have a seaplane rating. Float flying is on the bucket list of many an aviator, and it starts with finding the right place to do the training. [Read more…]
The Cessna 210 was on the base leg of the traffic pattern to Wenatchee, Wash., when the engine suddenly lost power. It landed hard in a nose-high attitude, and the tail cone struck the runway, resulting in damage to the aft bulkhead and lower fuselage stringer. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Piper Tri Pacer was attempting to land on Runway 34 at Pella, Iowa, while the wind was from 290° at 7 knots, resulting in a 50° crosswind. [Read more…]
“What is that?”
My student and I were on downwind to Runway 16 at Pierce County/Thun Field (KPLU) in Puyallup, Wash., when he uttered this phrase. “It looks like something out of World War II!” he exclaimed as we saw the high-wing boat-hulled aircraft make its final approach.
And he is right. The “that” in question is a 1945 PBY, an amphibious Patrol Bomber (the PB) built by Consolidated Aircraft. During their military service, many of the PBYs were used for patrol and to rescue sailors and aviators from the ocean. Many were kept in the military until the 1980s, then released to become water bombers for fire fighting.
This particular PBY belongs to Bud Rude of Spanaway, Wash., and it’s set to star in a movie with Nicolas Cage about the rescue of sailors from the USS Indianapolis during World War II. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Beech Bonanza was on a cross-country flight that was supposed to take one hour and 50 minutes. At the start there were about 30 gallons of fuel in each wing tank, of which 27 gallons were usable fuel per side, which should have been enough fuel for the length of flight. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 172 was working as a banner tow pilot in New Orleans. The airplane was rigged with a grapple hook assembly. [Read more…]
Approximately 40 hours before the accident the airplane had gone in for maintenance. The owner stated that the crankshaft oil seal was replaced due to an oil leak. [Read more…]
Witnesses on the ground stated that the Kitfox took off from Runway 27 at St. Lucie, Fla., then entered the pattern for landing. One witness noted that, during the downwind leg, the airplane was “very close in” to the runway. [Read more…]