Hard landing dents 172

During the student pilot’s first approach for landing at the airport in Santa Barbara, Calif., she felt she was too high and did a go-around. On the second approach the Cessna 172S landed hard, and the propeller struck the runway.

A post-accident examination of the airframe revealed a damaged propeller, and substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage floor.

The pilot was not injured.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the pilot’s inadequate landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

NTSB Identification: WPR13CA332

This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Boeing forecasts rising demand for pilots, mechanics

Pilots in Simulator; Pilots on flight deck; Female Co-Pilot; Male African-American Pilot; K66420-03

At this week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world’s airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years.

Boeing’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new airline pilots and 609,000 new airline maintenance technicians. [Read more…]

AeroInnovate graduates inaugural accelerator class

The inaugural class of aeroinnovators “graduated” from the first-ever aviation accelerator in the country during AeroInnovate’s Pitch and Mingle event this week at AirVenture.

AeroInnovate is an aviation accelerator program that operates under the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center.

Pitch and Mingle, an annual event held during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture since 2009, provides industry leaders and potential investors from across the nation the ability to network with fellow entrepreneurs.

During the event, five companies pitched their aviation business ventures to a group of investors, including ICARUS Devices, Interactive Aerial, Advanced Vector Analytics, Enduralock and Grypshon Industries.

“It is incredibly exciting to see the first class graduate, especially if they receive strong investments. It means that we are doing something right,” said Audra Hoy, AeroInnovate director at UW Oshkosh.

The AeroInnovate accelerator program offers aviation/aerospace startups access to capital, expertise, mentorship and its network. To date, AeroInnovate has allowed 32 companies to pitch innovations to investors. Upon graduation of the first accelerator class, that number will jump to 37. The second accelerator class is expected to kick off June 2016.


Aspen introduces Evolution Pro Plus Safety Package


Aspen Avionics introduced at this week’s AirVenture the Evolution Pro Plus safety package, which includes the Evolution primary flight display (PFD) preloaded with synthetic vision and the company’s newest safety product, the Evolution Angle of Attack (AOA) indicator. Purchased together, the system retails for $13,995, a $1,695 savings over purchasing each separately. [Read more…]