CFI misjudges fuel onboard

A CFI and private pilot were attempting to do a two-leg cross-country flight in a Cirrus SR20. Before takeoff from Danbury, Conn., the CFI used a flashlight to look in the fuel tanks and determined they contained 25 gallons of usable fuel, and that the flight would require 23.3 gallons of fuel. He then entered 22 gallons in the airplane’s multifunction display (MFD) fuel totalizer. The airplane reached its destination airport and landed without incident. He did not refuel. [Read more…]

Latest edition of ‘Flying IFR’ released

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In the fifth edition of “Flying IFR,” author Richard Collins covers all aspects of modern IFR flying, including the perfection of basic attitude instrument flight; light airplane operation in the middle high-altitudes beginning at 18,000 feet; IFR flight in and around ice thunderstorms and at night; best practices in new, modern glass cockpits; and managing stress.

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Girlfriend walks into propeller

The pilot reported that he and a passenger were preparing to take off in a Quicksilver Sport from an airport in Camarillo, Calif.

The airplane has a rear-mounted engine and the engine was running when the passenger’s girlfriend approached the airplane from behind to check an airframe-mounted camera she had installed to document the flight. [Read more…]