The pilot reported that he made three radio calls stating his intentions to land near Orange, Texas. When the Cessna 182 was about 25 to 50 feet above the runway, the pilot saw an agricultural airplane making a non-standard, low circling approach to land on the opposing runway. [Read more…]
Bob Hoover, called the greatest stick and rudder pilot of all time by Gen. Jimmy Doolitte, died Oct. 25 at his home in Southern California. He was 94. [Read more…]
Steve Nelson sent in this photo, with a short note: “The Wings Over the Rockies Museum at Centennial Airport in Denver holds a teacher day a few times a year. It sparks their interest in aviation, and hopefully that will trickle down to the students. Two astronauts spoke, then there were plane rides in three different aircraft — a Stearman bi-plane, Cessna 182, and a Jet Ranger Helicopter. This photo was taken as the astronauts spoke to the teachers. This little guy was ready for ground school.” [Read more…]
General aviation airports are my happy place. There’s no denying that.
Often I stop into my hangar just to sit peacefully in the usually quiet confines of the non-towered airport environment I call home. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that he had maintenance conducted on the Piper PA-32’s avionics, which included the replacement of the primary flight display (PFD). After the maintenance was completed, he prepared to return to his home airport.
A preflight inspection revealed no anomalies, and the steering system operated normally during taxi.
During the takeoff roll, he observed a red “X” indication over the airspeed indicator on the PFD. He “immediately started an emergency shutdown” of the airplane, during which the airplane began to drift left. [Read more…]
Our good friend Albert Dyer sent in these photos with a quick note: “EAA Chapter 241 in DeKalb, Ill., had the pleasure at one of its monthly chapter meetings of having Ole Sindberg fly in to give a talk on building, flying and maintaining the Prescott Pusher, which currently is the only airworthy example. Visually stunningly inside and out, the aircraft just oozes sex appeal. A Lycoming 0-540 moves four people across the country in speed, style and comfort.” [Read more…]
Almost every month I receive a question or two about auto gas with ethanol. The questions usually center on whether it can be used in aircraft and if not, why not.
The answer I give is almost always: “ No because of technical and/or legal reasons.” [Read more…]