According to the pilot, he departed for a flight to his home base airport. While the Ercoupe 415-D was climbing through 200 feet above ground level, the engine began to run roughly. While he was attempting to turn back toward the airport in Beaver Falls, Pa., the engine experienced a total loss of power. He subsequently made an emergency landing in a nearby field. [Read more…]
We all know the classic adage “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” It’s simple advice.
Perhaps too simple, because people still ignore it, no matter how obvious the repercussions of running afoul of it might be.
The latest and greatest example I’ve encountered happened just the other day here in central Florida. And what a doozy it was. [Read more…]
The Perlan 2 glider, an engineless aircraft designed to reach the edge of space, achieved its successful first flight Sept. 23 about 5,000 feet above Roberts Field, the Redmond Municipal Airport in Oregon.
This was the first test flight of the aircraft, which next year will attempt to set a new world altitude record for any airplane. The goal of this project is to open up a world of new discoveries related to high-altitude flight, climate change and space exploration. [Read more…]
One year after four fuels were selected for testing as potential replacements for leaded avgas, progress remains steady, according to a report at AOPA.org, which notes that the first phase of testing should be completed later this year. Testing now is concentrated on material compatibility and rig testing, with the second phase of testing — in engines and aircraft — slated to begin in early 2016, according to the report.
“The FAA has said it hopes to have an unleaded replacement for avgas certified by 2018, and the program is on target to reach that goal,” the report concludes.
The Cessna 170B pilot departed a remote, off-airport site near Glennallen, Alaska, to search for a moose he had shot earlier in the day. A witness observed the airplane perform a series of low-altitude maneuvers before flying by his location about 80 to 100 feet above the ground.
The airplane then began a left turn, and the nose pitched down abruptly and began to spin. The airplane subsequently descended vertically, nose first, and it collided with the tundra and brush-covered terrain. The pilot was killed. [Read more…]