Obstructed fuel system contributes to accident

The Cessna 206 was being used as transport for a skydiving operation at Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The pilot departed for a 25-minute flight to drop parachute jumpers above the airport.

In-flight fuel management was through the use of the fuel selector that drew fuel from either the right or the left fuel tank. The pilot said he was instructed during his airplane checkout that the fuel tanks cross feed like other high-wing Cessna airplanes that he was familiar with, [Read more…]

FlightSimCon attracts crowds

IMG_1235

FlightSimCon 2015, the third annual flight simulation and aviation conference, was held June 13-14 at the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport, near Hartford, Connecticut.

With 320 attendees, 19 exhibitors, 31 sponsors, and 16 speakers, FlightSimCon 2015 was the largest flight simulation-focused event in North America in the past several years, according to organizers. [Read more…]

Failure to abort takeoff kills pilot

The 16,900-hour ATP, 69, who was type rated in a Sikorsky SK-76 helicopter, Beech BE-300 and Fairchild Swearingen SA-227 airplanes, was flying a Cricket MC12, a twin-engine experimental design, that was estimated to be at least 30 pounds above the design gross weight of 375 pounds, but 15 pounds under the builder-designated gross weight at the time of the accident.

Because the airplane was an experimental amateur built airplane, the builder can waiver from the design criteria, including gross weight. According to FAA records, the pilot purchased the plane on Dec. 6, 2002. No maintenance records were located. [Read more…]