Bellanca hits power line

The student pilot, who had logged 24 hours, including eight in the Bellanca Viking, accompanied by a passenger, took off at night from Plainview, Texas, although as a student pilot, flight with a passenger was prohibited. [Read more…]

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…]