During the transpacific flight, the Cirrus SR22 pilot was unable to transfer fuel from the aft auxiliary fuel tank to the main fuel tanks.
Despite multiple attempts to troubleshoot the fuel system issue, he was unable to correct the situation.
After transferring fuel from the forward auxiliary fuel tank to both main fuel tanks, he estimated that there was only enough fuel in the main tanks to reach within about 200 miles of land, so he decided to divert to a nearby cruise ship. [Read more…]
Lincoln Benedict sent in this photo, explaining: “I love to bike, ski, and fly, so it stood to reason a month after I purchased a 1960 Cessna 172 I wanted to combine all three! A 40-minute flight (quite the headwind) took me from KBXM to 0B1. From there I took my cross bike (replete with studded snow tires) from the back area (fits nicely with the rear seat removed) and biked seven miles to Sunday River with my super-light Dynafit PDG boots/skis on my back. I bought an uphill access pass and then climbed (with climbing “skins” on my skis) up and down twice. After that it was all downhill to the airport (after a good lunch) and took off for home. Whew! Was quite the adventure but what fun it was!” [Read more…]
For those of us who fly, the appeal of being airborne energizes us and primes the pump that pushes us through ground school, flight training, and testing.
Should you make a career out of what most people think of as a rich man’s hobby, that education and testing never stops.
My interest in aviation started very young. I was profoundly influenced by a mythic character of almost super-human proportions. [Read more…]
Following the FAA’s announcement of the final rule for third class medical reform, GA’s advocacy groups responded, with the president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association saying this is the best thing to happen to GA in decades. [Read more…]