Orville J. Winover submitted the following photo and note: “Classic little plane that loves to go flying!”
I’ve never hand propped an airplane, so I don’t know that thrill. I used to jump-start my manual transmission cars by popping the clutch. It’s not quite the same, but from that I think I can approximate the rush that comes from spinning life into a dead airplane.
In this day and age, should you hand prop an airplane if other conventional methods don’t work in getting the motor running? That’s a solid maybe in my book. The question isn’t can you. It’s should you?
It’s kind of like determining the difference between “legal to fly” and “safe to fly.” [Read more…]
FreeFlight Systems has received certification of its Avail Performance Package, an ADS-B solution for twin turboprop aircraft.
The Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) allows for the installation of the package in more than 25 makes and models of twin turboprop aircraft from M7 Aerospace, Piper Aircraft, and Textron Aviation. [Read more…]
The flight instructor reported that, after takeoff on the instructional flight, the Aerostar M20’s engine was running smoothly before it “missed” or “hesitated.”
He initiated a return to the airport, but shortly after the engine began to make loud noises and vibrate, ultimately experiencing a total loss of power. [Read more…]
Marco Guscio submitted the following photo and note: “A Pilatus P3 HB-RBP over the Swiss Alps.”
My husband, Maury L. Fisher, and I were on an IFR flight from Bartow, Florida, to Asheville, North Carolina, for Labor Day weekend in a Cessna 210 when we had an engine problem.
“When we first took off from Bartow, I noticed on the engine analyzer, which is an EDM 700, that we were having some abnormal temperature readings,” Maury said. “I assumed that it was a loose probe connector on the engine analyzer. And after about 60 seconds everything totally normalized.”
We had just had a new oil temperature probe installed on the EDM 700.
While we were climbing from 10,000′ to 12,000′ over the Okefenokee Swamp, the engine shook hard and sputtered. Maury managed to aviate, navigate, and communicate for over 28 miles on three cylinders to the nearest airport, Lake City Gateway Airport. Emergency crews greeted us. (A full account of the unexpected landing is online at GeneralAviationNews.com and was published in the Jan. 10, 2019, print issue). [Read more…]