Contaminated fuel blamed for Maule crash

The passenger reported that he could not remember if the pilot of the Maule M5 checked the fuel before the flight, which originated from Woodinville, Wash. The passenger told investigators that it took several tries to get the engine to start. About 30 minutes into the flight, the engine started to sputter, then stopped. [Read more…]

Picture of the Day: Evening Instruction

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Joseph Marszal noticed the sunset over the wings of the Cessna 172P at Crystal River (KCGC). Joe and his instructor, Carlos Tamayo, had flown to Crystal River to meet with Gudi Davis about Joe’s Commercial check ride. “The 172 has round gauges and a GPS,” noted Marszal. “I also had on board the Levil Technology iLevil SW and my Samsung Tab 4 running iFlyGPS for backup. On the way back we did an intersection hold and three approaches, under the hood, to minimums.” [Read more…]

The dangers of overthinking

Cessna 172N. "Cessna172N" by FlugKerl2 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cessna172N.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Cessna172N.jpg

My wife’s lovely voice pierced an almost-as-lovely evening flight. “What’s that red light on the instrument panel?”

She was pointing to the alternator fail red warning light. And now a fancy-free evening above central Virginia pine forests had just turned into “a situation.” [Read more…]

Living in the Age of Airplanes premieres April 8

Airplanes Poster

This spring, National Geographic Studios presents “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which promises to carry audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on a journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. The world premiere of the movie will take place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 8. [Read more…]

Rare B-24 to highlight World War II Heritage Days at KFFC

CAF B-24 Diamond Lil. (Photo by Scott Slocum)

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – A rare 1940s B-24 Liberator bomber will highlight this year’s World War II Heritage Days, hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing on April 18-19.

The CAF’s B-24, “Diamond Lil,” one of only two still flying, will be on display at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field (KFFC) in Peachtree City for the event. Rides will also be available in the B-24,  which is the same type of aircraft featured in the recent hit movie “Unbroken.” [Read more…]

VFR Flight Handbook updated

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The University Aviation Press title, VFR Flight Handbook — previously titled Notes on Flying VFR — has been revised to include additional and updated information, including new aircraft drawings, a reference to computer planning and flight support, several updates to federal aviation regulations, accident statistics, and two new appendices containing a weather element conversion table and a wind conversion chart. [Read more…]