Drunk pilot crashes

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Fredericksburg, Va. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: During takeoff in good visibility and calm wind, about 100 feet above ground level, the airplane banked 90° to the left and descended in a spiral until hitting the ground.

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Common financial mistake vs. uncommon financial opportunity

While listening to the inimitable Clark Howard, a popular radio personality who offers financial advice, I learned an interesting tidbit of information. It seems auto loans are being taken out for longer and longer periods of time. The average auto loan is now in the five and a half year range, but some extend for as many as seven years. Seven years! For a car loan. Consider me amazed.

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Questions abound on FAA’s news about alternative fuels

Was it only me, or did anyone else find the press release by the FAA announcing that it has selected four fuels for further testing to replace 100LL this fall to be a bit peculiar?  In case you you missed it, the official press release from the FAA is here. Articles also appeared on this site, General Aviation News, and from the EAA.

None of the articles answered any of the obvious questions that came immediately to my mind, for instance:

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General aviation accidents decrease in 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary aviation accident statistics Sept. 15, which show an overall decline in the number of US registered civil aviation accidents, from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013.

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NTSB study on drug use criticized by GA groups

A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board is “incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution,” according to officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Apps make flying safer

A report by Aviation International News’s Matt Thurber notes that smartphone apps can help warn pilots about hypoxia, including Masimo’s iSpO2, which has a fingertip sensor that plugs into an Apple iOS or Android device, then reports blood oxygenation, pulse rate and perfusion index. Read the whole post here.

Pilot Mall hosts free BBQ

LAKELAND, Florida — Pilot Mall will host a free BBQ for lunch for fly-in/drive-in pilots, as well as the teachers attending “Classroom to the Sky” at SUN ‘n FUN Saturday, Sept. 27, at Lakeland-Linder Airport (LAL).

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LoPresti upgrades BoomBeam light kit for Citations

LoPresti Aviation has introduced an upgrade on the BoomBeam HID light kit for Citations.

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Crosswind catches Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: St. Johns, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was landing at a private dirt airstrip in gusting crosswind conditions. He reported that when he flared to land, the wind shifted. The airplane swerved and hit a dirt berm.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing in gusty crosswind conditions.

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA438 

This August 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Helicopter accident rate shows double digit reduction

WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States Helicopter Safety Team has released new statistics on accident rates for U.S. civil helicopters along with new data on fatal accident rates and fatalities.

For the first seven months of 2014, there have been 3.94 helicopter accidents for every 100,000 flight hours. This is a 51% decrease compared to the 2001-05 baseline determined by the USHST parent organization, the International Helicopter Safety Team.  This also is a 22% reduction compared to the 5.06 rate posted in 2009 and a 12% reduction compared to the 4.46 rate posted in 2012.  (See charts below for complete data.)

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