Several witnesses observed the Aventura II during engine start at the airport in Sebring, Florida, and reported that, when the engine started, it tipped forward onto its nose and then fell back and its tail struck the ground.
The pilot exited the airplane, walked to the back, returned to the cockpit, and then taxied out.
No witnesses reported seeing the pilot examine the underside of the tail or the elevators after the tail strike. [Read more…]
Frequent contributor Albert Dyer sent in this photo, explaining: “From the Mooney’s left seat, I am witness to the last sunset of 2016 as I continue toward New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (KEVB) in Florida. My plan for tomorrow? To welcome in 2017 with a sunrise walk on the beach.
“The flexibility of the US airspace system and general aviation aircraft truly do make dreams come true! Happy New Year 2017!” [Read more…]
Stories are all around us. All we have to do is look. Sometimes it is as simple as opening an envelope. You remember what an envelope is, don’t you?
I open all the mail General Aviation News receives. Makes sense, since I’m the only one who picks up the mail. On the back of a recent subscription renewal was a hand-written note from Sanford Orenstein in Florida. His story is worth sharing. Enjoy. [Read more…]
By TED LUEBBERS
The 1929 replica of the Pietenpol aircraft that graced the EAA Chapter 534 hangar at the Leesburg International Airport in Leesburg, Florida, was hauled away by an aircraft mover Jan. 4, 2017. The plane’s over the road destination will be Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, New York. [Read more…]
This year, LadiesLoveTaildraggers will offer five scholarships to help pilots increase their tailwheel skills.
Three scholarships are for women pilots wanting to earn tailwheel endorsements, while the other two are for women tailwheel pilots for a Stick & Rudder Master Class and a STOL workshop.
Details and links to each scholarship application form are available online. Deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2017.
The pilot had purchased the RV-6A the day before, and was returning to his home airport when he elected to stop at an intermediate airport in Pikeville, Kentucky, for fuel.
After crossing the runway threshold, he reduced engine power and entered the landing flare. He felt the airplane “balloon up slightly, then stall and drop around 15 feet” onto the runway. [Read more…]