The pilot was practicing taxiing in his recently purchased airplane in Sprague, Wash. While taxiing, the Kitfox unintentionally became airborne. [Read more…]
The pilot/owner was ferrying the Lancair IV from the United States to Europe, and he had installed an auxiliary fuel bladder in place of the rear seat.
Before takeoff, the fuel tanks were topped off, and 60 gallons of fuel were added to the auxiliary fuel bladder.
The estimated weight of the airplane during takeoff was about 509 pounds over its maximum gross weight. The estimated center of gravity (CG) of the airplane was 93.2, which was near the aft limit of the CG range. [Read more…]
The pilot was providing airplane rides to family and friends who had assembled at a dry lakebed near El Mirage, Calif., in his American Aviation AA-1A.
He completed two uneventful flights and then departed for a third flight from the lakebed.
According to witnesses, he had planned to perform a low pass over the group, and he did so just after takeoff, passing within about 50 feet directly overhead.
The entire accident sequence was captured on video. [Read more…]
The owner/pilot was participating in a fly-in to a backcountry airport in Big Creek, Idaho, that he had flown into once about two years before.
He was the last of his group to arrive in the airport vicinity, and he reported that he was using his GPS, published guidance, and information from fellow pilots to navigate to and enter the airport’s traffic pattern.
The pilot stated that on the base leg, he determined that the Cessna 182 was higher and much closer to the runway than he anticipated. [Read more…]
The Cessna 180H had recently undergone maintenance to realign the main landing gear.
During the third landing, the plane turned sharply to the left upon touchdown.
The pilot attempted a go-around, but the airplane continued to veer off the runway surface, exited the runway safety area, and hit the upslope of a drainage ditch at the airport in Wasilla, Alaska. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that he performed several high-speed taxis on his private airstrip near Pennsboro, W.Va.
After about 15 minutes, he initiated a takeoff on the 1,780-foot-long turf runway.
About 100 feet above ground level, the CubCrafters CC18-180’s engine either lost all power or went to idle (the pilot could not be sure). [Read more…]
The pilot reported that during the approach to landing to a remote airstrip located within a canyon near Salmon, Idaho, the wind changed direction while he was on short final. [Read more…]
According to a friend of the airplane’s owner, the purpose of the flight was for the owner to check out another pilot in the Liberty Aerospace XL-2.
Review of uncorrelated radar data indicated that the flight departed and maneuvered in the local area for about 26 minutes before the accident occurred. [Read more…]
The commercial pilot, who was also the builder of the experimental Glasair TT, departed with full fuel for the planned 2.5-hour cross-country flight.
The airplane was equipped with two independent means of determining fuel quantity: [Read more…]
The flight instructor reported that he and the pilot receiving instruction had completed a local instructional flight and were returning to the airport in Burlington, Mass.
While the Cirrus SR22 was about 1,700 foot mean sea level, the engine began running roughly and subsequently lost all power. [Read more…]