Loss of control kills two

The pilot of the Mooney M20J and passenger were on the return leg of a cross-country flight originating from Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Oklahoma.

Before departing from his home airfield, the pilot filed the outbound and return legs for the instrument flight rules flight as “GPS direct.” [Read more…]

VFR into IFR kills one

The pilot of the Cessna 182 had recently received his private pilot certificate. He had a total of 93 hours of total flight time, of which 27 were in the 182. He did not have an instrument rating.

He took off in VFR conditions from a private airstrip near Lustre, Mont., then headed south for 27 miles toward a small town. [Read more…]

The secret to creating a great airshow

Will Allen: Rock and Roll Airshow Man performs regularly at the Arlington Fly-In.

It’s no secret that the main draw of many airshows are the aerial performers. That’s how you get big numbers at the gate, that’s how you draw in the non-pilots, and that’s how you inspire the next generation.

Airshow performers range from precision military demonstration teams, to energy management acts like glider aerobatics, to high-energy tumbling displays.

With so many acts to chose from, how do show organizers make their selections? With some difficulty, apparently. [Read more…]

Unauthorized landing goes bad

The student pilot had an endorsement from his CFI to fly the Cessna 150 from the departure airport to another airport near Naples, Maine. During the flight the student pilot decided to make an unauthorized stop and land on a frozen lake to visit a friend. [Read more…]

Gusty winds get better of Mooney pilot

According to an FBO employee who was a witness to the accident in Angel Fire, N.M, the weather at the time of the accident included strong, gusting winds from the west. The employee asked the pilot of the Mooney M20E about his intention to fly. He noted the pilot seemed “confident” about his ability to fly and that he was not concerned about the wind. [Read more…]