The pilot of the Cessna 172 entered the traffic pattern at a residential airpark in Davis, W.Va. He was concerned about the houses located near the runway, so he approached the 3,000-foot runway higher and faster than he normally would. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 182 was practicing touch-and-go landings at the airport in Colorado Springs.
He was on his sixth approach when the tower air traffic controller requested that he do a short approach. [Read more…]
The pilot of the Cessna 152 and a passenger were returning to their home airport at the conclusion of a cross-country flight. The pilot elected to perform a simulated loss of engine power and subsequent practice approach to a farm field.
During the approach, the airplane descended to about the height of the irrigation system installed in the field. The pilot noticed a “glint of light” and instinctually applied full power, increased pitch, and rolled the airplane right. [Read more…]
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 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…]
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…]