Taylorcraft tangles with power lines

Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC12-D. Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Clutier, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on an unimproved airstrip he had previously used. When the field was previously used as an airstrip, the power lines were buried, but at the time of the accident the power line were now above ground and were not marked.

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Last call for photos

We are still on the hunt for the best photos of 2014 for our last issue of the year. Send them to Editor Janice Wood by Dec. 4. Don’t forget to include information about the photo — where it was taken, the plane description and the full names of anyone in the photo. Please send the largest file size you have — bigger is better.

Starting on Dec. 1, we’ll start running a Picture of the Day to showcase some of the photos we’ve received from readers so far.

Book: Area 51 – The Graphic History

The dry lake bed of Groom Lake in Nevada is better knows as Area 51. The military installation didn’t “officially” exist until recently, but secrets are still coming to light… and will be for decades. For those looking to learn a bit more about the history of Area 51 and the myriad aircraft, technology and secrets, “Area 51: The Graphic History of America’s Most Secret Military Installation,” might be worth a read. [Read more…]

Piper crashes in mountains

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Aurora, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: Family members notified the FAA that the airplane was overdue on the cross-country flight. One week after the initial notification, the wreckage was located in the upper end of a canyon about 11 nautical miles west of the departure airport at an elevation of 8,992 feet MSL.

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Phase 1 testing begins on unleaded avgas

Phase 1 testing of four possible replacements for 100LL begins this month at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City.

The four unleaded fuels — one from Shell, one from TOTAL, and two from Swift Fuels — will undergo laboratory and rig testing to analyze a number of factors, including materials compatibility issues with aircraft components, such as fuel bladders, fuel gauges, pumps and more.

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Shell Aviation: A decade of research continues

Last December, Shell Aviation revealed that it was the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for 100LL.

The lead-free formulation is the result of 10 years of “exhaustive R&D,” according to company officials.

While some worry that large companies will forsake GA as it is such as small segment of the fuels market, Shell officials say that’s not true for them.

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