Nosewheel failure for Cessna

The student pilot was practicing touch and goes in a Cessna 152 in College Station, Texas. The first two were normal. During the third landing, the airplane touched down on the main landing gear, and, as the pilot brought the nose down, the nosewheel collapsed. [Read more…]

Rare World War II glider restored

a+s Glider

There are some people who get as much joy out of restoring an aircraft as they do out of flying one. Steve Noyes, an A&P/IA and commercial pilot from Newbury, Massachusetts, is one of those people.

Since 1985 he has operated Noyes Enterprises, which includes Birddogs by Noyes, a business dedicated to the restoration and modifications of Cessna L-19 Birddogs, the militarized versions of the C-305. One of the common uses of Birddogs is as a glider tower, so perhaps it’s understandable that a job maintaining tow aircraft led Noyes to the restoration of a 1942 Schweizer training glider, known as a TG-2. [Read more…]

A type club for the light-sport crowd

CTLS

You don’t need to own a vintage airplane to benefit from a type club or aircraft owners group. The owners of Flight Design CTs have one of the most active owners associations in existence — not bad for an airplane that arrived in the United States on the first wave of the Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) rule created in 2004. [Read more…]