Bryan Painter of Auburn, Wash., sent in these photos of a Cessna 170B over Elliot Bay, Wash., and the same plane over Seattle. [Read more…]
Owners can do quite a few things to maintain their aircraft. What tips or tricks have you learned over the years to make the job easier or more efficient? What advice can you give other airplane owners who want to perform their own maintenance?
MADRID, Spain — Spanish pilot and experimental aircraft builder Michel Gordillo will begin his Round-the-World flight Feb. 19, in an attempt to break the world record by flying a North/South route across the poles.
Gordillo, an experienced “Earth Rounder,” built and custom-modified his experimental RV-8 aircraft specifically for this flight. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, while in cruise flight, the FK Lightplanes FK9’s engine experienced a partial power loss. The experimental plane was unable to maintain altitude, so the pilot chose to perform an off-airport landing to an open field near Canton, Georgia. During the landing roll, the airplane hit a berm, became airborne, and then landed hard. [Read more…]
Bud Bauder sent in this photo of his Stearman, which was returned to service after a year of maintenance at Van Sant Airport in Pennsylvania. [Read more…]
Decision making is a skill pilots consciously train for and study. Most people don’t.
And that’s a shame because good decision making doesn’t come naturally. We have to think about our options, weigh the pros and cons of whatever we do — or don’t do. One way or another, there will be an outcome to each decision we make. Some are good. Others, not so much.
Last Friday while positioned and ready to roll on Day 3 of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, a volunteer in a golf cart pulled up to our tent, announced the show was closed for the day, and urged us to button up and leave the area.
That was a good decision. It may have been unpopular with some attendees who had traveled far to attend the show. It probably didn’t thrill all the exhibitors and forum speakers, either. But it was still a good decision. I appreciate the event’s management team taking the hit and coming down on the side of public safety. Well done. Kudos to them. [Read more…]