The pilot reported that during takeoff from a private dirt runway in Wikieup, Arizona, the Cessna 170’s main wheel landing gear hit a dirt berm. [Read more…]
According to the flight instructor and the student pilot, they flew from their home airport to another airport where the student completed four landings without the flight instructor touching the controls.
After the fourth landing, the CFI got out of the Cessna 172 at the airport in Immokalee, Florida, so the student could complete three solo takeoffs and landings. [Read more…]
The commercial pilot departed on a fire detection flight for a state fire commission using a predetermined flight route. He was receiving flight-following services from the dispatch center and was reporting his flight progress to a dispatcher.
He reported entering the eastern boundary of the forest district near Oden, Ark., and then turning north toward the next checkpoint. Five minutes later, he reported that he was turning back due to low cloud ceilings. About 14 minutes later, the Cessna 210 hit trees on a ridgeline, which had an elevation of 1,473 feet. The pilot was killed in the accident. [Read more…]
Before the flight, the pilot obtained weather information for an airport near the departure airport and for an airport about 275 miles south along his route of flight. He did not file a flight plan, did not receive any other services for the flight, and departed in night visual meteorological conditions.
According to GPS and air traffic control data, the Piper PA-30 was flying on a southwesterly heading before it turned right. It subsequently turned left and then right before it entered a descending left turn and hit terrain near Biglerville, Pa., killing both people on board the airplane. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that just prior to landing in Kalispell, Mont., he noted there was ice on the Beech 58’s wings. He activated the de-ice boots and proceeded to land. [Read more…]
The pilot filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan with flight services, and the briefer asked if he would like weather information. The pilot replied “no,” and stated that the weather “looked good.”
However, at that time, the weather at the destination airport included visibility of 2 miles and a 400-foot overcast ceiling. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, he departed the Nashville area earlier in the day in his Rans S-6S and was en route to Greenville, South Carolina, at 9,500 feet above mean sea level (msl). [Read more…]
The CFI reported that he and the private pilot had returned to the airport in Chandler, Ariz., to practice touch-and-go landings. On the third touch-and-go landing, the Aviat S 2C drifted to the right side of the runway just before touching down. [Read more…]
The pilot was flying the Piper PA24-250 with two passengers on board to search for lost cattle in mountainous terrain near Collbran, Colo. Witnesses observed the airplane maneuvering at a low altitude. It was reported overdue, and the wreckage was subsequently located in a sparsely wooded area. All three on board died in the crash. [Read more…]
The CFI and student pilot planned to conduct an instructional flight in the tandem-seat, tailwheel-equipped Bellanca 7ECA near San Jose, Calif. The student had a total flight experience of 20 hours, all of which was in the Bellanca. He had not soloed yet. [Read more…]