RV balloons on landing

The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, was attempting to land the RV-7A at an airport in Altoona, Pa. He maintained 80 mph on final approach and slowed to 70 mph at touchdown.

Upon touchdown on the main landing gear, a wind gust occurred, and the airplane ballooned, then came down hard on the nose landing gear, which collapsed. [Read more…]

Congressman unveils plan to separate ATC from FAA


The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has announced that he is working to separate air traffic control (ATC) functions from the FAA as part of the ongoing FAA reauthorization process.

In his June 15 remarks before the Aero Club of Washington, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), proposed creating a not-for-profit, federally chartered corporation to operate and modernize ATC. [Read more…]

Vectren Dayton Air Show adds ultralight display

DAYTON, Ohio — Some of the most fascinating flying machines at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show will also be some of the tiniest.

While massive military jets such as the Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter and KC-135 refueler will dominate the static display area at Dayton International Airport, spectators will also have a chance to discover the world of light-sport and ultralight aircraft, organizers noted. [Read more…]

Failure to obey AD leads to mismanagement of fuel

The owner of the airplane was a commercial pilot, however according to the flight instructor he flew with, he had a medical condition for which his insurance carrier required him to fly with a CFI.

During the preflight inspection, the pilot/owner of the Beech Musketeer observed about 20 gallons of fuel in the left main fuel tank and significantly less fuel in the right main fuel tank. The instructor did not witness the pre-flight inspection of the aircraft. [Read more…]