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…]
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…]
Being an airshow performer is a dream many a pilot has, but one that very few get to fulfill. Robert Pinksten, a pilot from New England, realized this and that led him to creating Airshow Experiences, a company that allows pilots to get a taste of airshow flying from the cockpit of an Extra 300L. [Read more…]
The Cessna 172 was in cruise flight near Wonewoc, Wis., drawing fuel from the right tank when the engine began running rough. [Read more…]
The accident happened when the pilot attempted to land the Piper Tri-Pacer on the plowed surface of an icy runway in Baraga, Mich. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]