Homebuilding okay in hangars

You probably know someone who is building an aircraft in a hangar at a publicly owned airport. It may surprise you to know that, until recently,  the FAA considered that activity outside the appropriate use of a hangar.

On July 22 the FAA released a proposed policy statement stating that the final assembly of homebuilt aircraft can be done in airport hangars at publicly owned airports.

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Pre-purchase flight ends with crash

Aircraft: Socata TB 10. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Shirley, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The flight was a pre-purchase demonstration of the airplane. The buyer intended to examine and photograph the maintenance records, then fly the airplane around the airport traffic pattern with the owner. However, the owner insisted they fly the airplane before reviewing the maintenance records.

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Too much brake for Bellanca

Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC. Injuries: None. Location: Sidney, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, during the landing rollout as the airplane slowed, it started veering to the right. He applied left rudder and left brake to correct the problem. The tail came up, the propeller struck the ground, and the airplane nosed over.

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Low altitude loss of power kills one

Aircraft: Folke-Wolf-190 ½ Scale. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Columbus, Ga. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, 71, had logged about 13,000 hours. He was flying the pattern at a tower controlled airport. After conducting a touch-and-go landing on Runway 24, he advised the controller that he had a partial loss of engine power and intended to land on Runway 13.

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Bounced landing for Tri-Pacer

Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Napa, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane touched down in a slight crab, bounced and went off the runway.

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Gusty winds get Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Upland, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The airplane touched down on the centerline, but during the rollout veered to the right. The pilot was able to correct back to the centerline, then a wind gust from the right caused the right wing to lift, [Read more...]

First flight, bad flight

Aircraft: Midget Mustang. Injuries: None. Location: Erie, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The flight was the new owner’s first flight in the airplane. He said the wind was calm when he lined up for takeoff, but as he started the takeoff roll, a left quartering wind blew the airplane off the runway and into a ditch where it nosed over.

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Expedition Amelia seeks funding to finally solve Earhart mystery

On May 21, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan boarded their Lockheed Electra and took off from Oakland, California, on their second attempt to fly around the world. This time, they flew to the east.

Earhart was supposed to have landed on Howland Island, a coral island some 1,700 miles from Honolulu for refueling, but she never arrived.  The United States Navy searched for 17 days, but no trace of Earhart was found — and people still haven’t stopped looking.

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Go around goes bad

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: None. Location: Palo Pinto, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during an attempted go-around. The airplane drifted off the centerline and into trees off to the side of the runway.

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CFIT claims Bellanca Pilot

Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Imperial, Neb. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened around sunrise. The airplane was flying to the east toward rising terrain consisting of rolling hills and valleys. The Bellanca failed to clear the terrain, [Read more...]