During an instructional flight in a Cessna 172RG over Redmond, Ore., the CFI and student were unable to fully extend or retract the left main landing gear. They made several attempts to fix the problem, but were unsuccessful, so they made a gear-up landing. [Read more…]
Attorney Dennis Haber sent in this photo, taken after, what he says, was a long day. “I had a hearing in Orlando on an FAA violation matter. The photo was taken after my flight from Miami to Orlando and return after work at sunset.” [Read more…]
A long time ago it was decided by people much smarter than I am that only one language should be the language of aviation. That language was to be English, regardless of a pilot’s nation of origin.
Those same people decided that a specific lexicon should be created within English to reduce any confusion spawned by regional accents. So along came the aviation alphabet and quirky customs, like pronouncing 5 and 9 as “fife” and “niner.” The hope was that by adopting one official language and creating a lexicon of aviation-specific terminology, miscommunication would be greatly reduced.
The thing about language and lexicons is that they’re like tools of the trade. And all tools of the trade are only as good as the operator handling them. [Read more…]
Sheriff’s deputies have identified the two people who died in the crash of an Aero Adventure amphibious LSA near the main runway at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida, site of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. According to a report at AVweb, pilot Dennis Day, of Groveland, Florida, and Jason Spinks, 44, of Orlando, were killed when the aircraft crashed nose-first just off the main runway at Sebring. Both were associated with the company that builds the aircraft.
The pilot was attempting to hand-prop a Piper Comanche by himself in Phillipsburgh, Ohio. He did not set the parking brake before he began the procedure. [Read more…]
Willard Rice sent in this photo of “Daddy’s co-pilot,” his daughter Margaret, in his Cessna 150 at Collegedale Municipal Airport (KFGU) in Tennessee. [Read more…]