VERO BEACH, Fla. — Piper Aircraft is inviting potential buyers for a fly-in Saturday, Dec. 7, at the company’s headquarters.
Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are once again teaming up to track Santa’s Christmas Eve trek across the globe.
Beginning Dec. 24 at 2:01 a.m. EST, visitors to the NORAD Tracks Santa site can use 2D and 3D tracking maps created by AGI— known as Santa Trackers — to follow Santa on his annual present-delivery mission.
FltPlan is now offering its free Weight & Balance program via its website and mobile apps for more than 400 various makes and models of aircraft now in its database.
Since the program was launched 18 months ago, pilots have created 38,000 unique, customized aircraft Weight & Balance profiles, according to company officials.
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Sport Picker-3 is a new, single wheel tow bar from PICKER Tug and Towbar.
Aircraft: Wittman Tailwind. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Fulton, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was also the builder of the experimental aircraft, was making the flight to become more familiar with the plane in order to complete the required 40 flight hours of the phase one operating limitations. The pilot had logged 759.6 hours of time, including 111.8 hours in the accident airplane.
Several witnesses on the ground said the engine was sputtering as the airplane pitched nose down and crashed into trees.
The post-accident examination did not uncover any pre-crash mechanical difficulties.
However, investigators determined that based on the temperature and dew point at the time of the accident, the conditions were favorable for serious carburetor icing at a cruise power setting. The carburetor heat control was in the off position at the time of the crash.
Investigators determined that it was likely that the airplane experienced a partial power loss, possibly due to carburetor icing, and further determined that the pilot, still becoming familiar with the handling characteristics of the airplane, likely became preoccupied with restoring full engine power and maneuvering the airplane toward the airport to land and unintentionally entered an aerodynamic stall.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident was a partial loss of engine power due to the formation of carburetor ice.
NTSB Identification: ERA12FA093
This December 2011 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.
By BILL WALKER
Atlantis Productions, a book and video publisher, fills a significant niche for those with an interest in lighter than air craft. The firm is the creation and life work of aviation enthusiasts Richard and Deborah Van Treuren.
Is there an airplane trip with a young child in your future? You may want to get a copy of “Red Redmond and the Great Plane Adventure,” a picture book written by private pilot Earl M. Furfine.
On Nov. 27, President Barack Obama signed into law the Small Plane Revitalization Act, a bill that requires the FAA to adopt new certification regulations that should reduce the cost of aircraft and avionics upgrades.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The National Association of Flight Instructors recently honored Gregory G. Gorak as the 25th inductee into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame.
POLK CITY, Florida — Fantasy of Flight is offering visitors who donate an unwrapped toy $5 off of full-priced admission for each donation through Dec. 15.
The toy drive will benefit Toys for Tots of Polk County. Every person in a group must bring a donated unwrapped toy to qualify for the discount. The donated toys must be presented at the attraction’s admissions counter to qualify for the discount.
Not valid with any other offers, discounts or Wing WalkAir.
Fantasy of Flight is located just off Interstate 4 (exit 44) between Tampa and Orlando at 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE. Polk City, FL 33868. Regular general adult admission is $29.95. Seasonal hours during this promotion are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
For more information: FantasyOfFlight.com