The 81-year-old pilot had recently purchased an Alon A2. According to a friend of the pilot, the pilot had not flown on a regular basis for the better part of 20 years prior to the acquisition of the Alon. [Read more…]
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…]
The Santa Monica City Council has shortened ground leases for tenants at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO), limiting most businesses to month-to-month leases.
Exceptions were FBO Atlantic Aviation, Adelman, a law firm, and the Museum of Flying, which received three-year leases to June 30, 2018, with the option of one-year extensions at the discretion of the city. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 210 and a passenger were attempting to land at Corvallis, Ore., at the end of a cross-country flight. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 140 stated that before he departed for a local flight from the airport at Lancaster, S.C., the wind was “squirrelly and swapping around.” [Read more…]
The pilot of the Beech Debonair intended to land at the airport in San Manuel, Ariz., in order to refuel.
He performed a 360° descending left turn to join the downwind leg of the pattern. As he began the turn to final he attempted to add power, but the engine did not respond. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Beech Baron reported the landing at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in California was normal, but as the airplane decelerated and began to exit the runway, the left brake locked up and the tire went flat. [Read more…]
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.
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…]
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…]