Dust devil dents Cessna

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…]

Airplane vs. animal

Wreckage of Cessa 172, Fatal Crash Site, Addison, TX. 
Excerpt of Last Transmissions:
Pilot: "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday N166ME we are going down." 
Tracon: "Where are you, and what can I do for you?" 
Pilot: "Send somebody to pick us up, I think we are going to be fine, but we have struck a bird, we've got to go down. We can't keep it straight with the power on." 
The pilot provided basic location and stated he was going to disconnect. The aircraft crashed 1.7 miles west of Areo County Airport, Frisco, TX at 1144C, July 8, 2003. The instructor pilot and student suffered fatal injuries.

How many of you have hit a bird or another type of animal with your airplane? How many of you know someone who has?

If you have, you’re not alone. According to the FAA, there were some 142,000 wildlife strikes involving civilian aircraft reported in the United States between 1990 and 2013. The FAA’s wildlife strike database breaks the occurrences down state by state and indicates if the wildlife involved were avian, mammal or reptile.

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Delayed go-around bends Cherokee

During a night cross-country flight in VFR conditions, the pilot of the Piper Cherokee decided to make a landing at the airport in Livingston, Texas, prior to continuing to his final destination.

He over-flew the airport, then entered a standard left-hand traffic pattern. He said everything was normal until nearing his flare to land on final approach when the runway lights began to disappear from his view for an unknown reason. [Read more…]

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…]