Piper hits trees after ‘lost lift’

The pilot reported that the engine run-up and the initial takeoff were normal and that the Piper PA-28 rotated at 50 mph and lifted off at 60 mph from the airport in Lafayette, Ind.

The airplane then accelerated to its best angle of climb speed and cleared the front edge of a band of trees that bordered the end of the runway, after which it descended into the trees and subsequently hit terrain. [Read more…]

Tips from a backcountry flying expert

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Mountain flying instructor Joe Kuberka drew one of the largest groups of the week for his Alaska presentation at this year’s SUN ’n FUN fly-in. The turnout for his session about flying from the Lower 48 to Alaska topped 75 aviators.

With good humor and a lively photo presentation, Kuberka did not disappoint, honing in on safety and offering common sense suggestions for backcountry and Alaska-bound aviators. [Read more…]