The commercial pilot, who was the owner of the Ryan Navion, was receiving a flight review from an instructor who was not familiar with the airplane make and model.
The pilot noted they did not discuss the potential differences between the Navion and the airplanes the instructor typically flew before the flight.
After departing, they flew to a nearby airport to perform touch-and-go landings. The pilot was performing the first approach for landing in gusty wind conditions. About 100′ above the runway, the flight instructor took control of the airplane. The airplane landed hard and bounced back into the air. The pilot applied full engine power in an attempt to avoid a stall when the flight instructor yelled “hands off the yoke.” [Read more…]
Terry Hayes Hayes submitted the following photo and note: “Pure joy!”
Since it went into effect May 1, 2018, more than 43,000 pilots are flying under BasicMed.
And while considered a “big success” by aviation advocates, many pilots remain confused about BasicMed.
The WINGS Industry Advisory Committee (WIAC) reports that 10 flight instructors have been selected to receive cash prizes ranging form $500 to $1,500 in the inaugural Paul and Fran Burger $10,000 WINGS Sweepstakes.
While the 2018 sweepstakes was made available exclusively to members of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), the 2019 Sweepstakes is open to all CFIs and all pilots. [Read more…]
Clay Lacy has piloted aircraft for more than 55,000 hours. Now his legendary achievements as a pilot in commercial, business, military, racing, and test flights will inspire a new generation at Wings Over the Rockies’ Exploration of Flight Campus at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado.
The Clay Lacy Field of Dreams Flight Ramp will be a launch pad for future aviators who visit the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery at Exploration of Flight. The gift will help expand the 77,000-square-foot ramp to accommodate additional flight activities, according to officials. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, during approach, he pushed the yoke forward to avoid a flock of birds in his flightpath, which resulted in an “increased and abnormal rate of descent.”
He was then unable to arrest the descent, and the “main landing gear made very hard contact with the runway.” [Read more…]
Gord McNulty submitted the following photo and note: “The crew of a Bell CH-146 Griffon from 439 Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Quebec, met French immersion students from St. Anthony’s School in London, Ontario, during the London Air Show in September. The attentive students enjoyed learning about RCAF emergency rescue equipment and operations in the water and on land. They asked good questions too. One of the first questions was the horsepower provided by the Griffon’s two Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6T engines. The answer: 900 hp each for a total of 1,800 hp. It was an informative and rewarding day for all of the participants.”