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The pilot's improper crosswind correction during taxi operations in gusting crosswind conditions.
The flight instructor's failure to retract the flaps during an attempted go-around and his failure to maintain the runway heading, which resulted in a collision with terrain left of the runway.
The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, which resulted in a nose-over.
The flight instructor's failure to maintain airplane control during initial climb after a touch-and-go landing, which resulted in an exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack and an aerodynamic stall.
The survey asks about "any software you might currently use for maintenance tracking and air-readiness and what developments you might like to see in those areas."
General aviation took a hit in 2020 due to the pandemic, with billing and deliveries down, but GA officials are confident recovery is on the way.
Even in the year of the pandemic, LSA registrations grew in 2020.
From what it costs to sharing some of his winning strategies, Reno Air Race champion Pete Zaccagnino gives us a behind the scenes look at the races, which are set to return in September 2021.
John Bendig submitted this photo and note: "My 1974 Maule M5-220C based at Erie International Airport (KERI) in Pennsylvania. The plane is hooked up to a heater in the engine cowling and battery minder. The airport does not support GA privately owned hangars and does not plow the taxiway to private hangars, so we must put our planes in storage for the winter. Even if you are equipped with skis, you are not allowed off the runways."
While activity plummeted 40% at Minneapolis International Airport in 2020 due to the pandemic, it was up 19% at Flying Cloud Airport, thanks to flight training and recreational flying.
Maksym Pastushenko submitted this photo and note: "Night at Block Island State Airport (KBID) in Rhode Island."
Founded in 1928 by America’s early flight pioneers, KVNY has played an important role in both San Fernando Valley and aviation history.
Flex can bring new data into the cockpit or replace legacy gauges. Possible configurations include radar altimeter display, GPS clock, airspeed indicator, fuel management display, and more.
From free videos on YouTube and free monthly webinars to instructor-led training, Garmin offers a variety of training opportunities for general aviation pilots.
While 2020's sales marked the lowest amount of sales in the Avionics Market Report's nine-year history, officials with the Aircraft Electronics Association note that the industry experienced "healthy sales growth" during the last six months of the year as pandemic restrictions loosened.
The line of antennas, specifically designed for experimental and light- sport aircraft, includes solutions for ADS-B and more.
Besides teaching all the basic aerobatic maneuvers, the new course from Sporty's tells you how to get started as an aerobatic pilot, from the legal considerations to preparing physically.
Megan Vande Voort sent in this photo with a note: "After a long day of training flights, the C172 takes in the winter Iowa sunset."
These kinds of accidents "stem from failed planning, lack of understanding, or poor decision-making. All pilots have the option to turn down a flight before launch, turn around, proceed to an alternate, or land in a safe place if the weather deteriorates below company or personal minimums, yet we continue to see these types of accidents.”
What could cause such high levels of aluminum in the oil? Inactivity plays a big role, according to our engines expert Paul McBride.
Through normal operation your engines blow the first quart overboard ending up on the wing and the flaps. I could tell you that this was a design by Lycoming in an effort to prevent corrosion in those areas, but that wouldn't play very well, so we won't even go there! Seriously, it's nothing to worry about, as long as your engine does not have a history of excessive oil consumption.
This 1946 engine may very well be able to be overhauled and put back in service, providing you have the engine logbook.
Corrosion is probably the biggest contributing factor when it comes to fatigue failures on valve springs.
When it comes to radio communication between flying objects, the single most important thing a pilot can do is be on the right frequency.
The Leatherman multi-tool is one I’ve seen many a pilot sport. Apparently, it’s so well loved it’s even found its way into reports to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System.
Inattention to detail can lead to accidents.
Excitement while flying can be good and bad.
The Boeing 221 Monomail showed elegantly simple lines and modern technologies that set the stage for the company's growth in the design of large aircraft, including the iconic B-17.
The Douglas A-20 Havoc attack bomber represents an advanced pre-war design that proved effective in combat in World War II. Modifications kept the A-20 viable to the end of the war.
The launch from the Navy's first aircraft carrier, USS Langley, on Nov. 18, 1922, signaled the beginning of practical aircraft carrier operations.
The aircraft looked very much like a scaled down commercial jetliner, with four individually podded engines suspended from pylons in a fashion reminiscent of the Boeing 707.
When the day comes that I should not fly any longer for medical reasons, I will tell my personal physician and quit flying. The FAA will play no part in my decision.
A Lazy 8 is not an extreme aerobatic maneuver, but is a bit of a thrill for a stodgy ho-hum pilot like me. I love to practice Lazy 8s because of the sensations in the seat of my pants and the challenge of making them near perfect.
If I am not flying a stable approach to final — and I now know what that looks and feels like — I automatically go-around. No more nervous approaches, fears, or anguish.
Flying Is the perfect combination of everything I love: Freedom, this great state and nation, technology, beauty, photography, practical and speedy travel, and socializing.
Englaero is English spoken by an individual who mixes a thick dose of aeronautical terms into their vocabulary. To a native English speaker, it’s absolute gibberish. To a college level English teacher with no aeronautical background, it’s incomprehensible.
A dilapidated hangar is the almost magical destination a few dozen teenagers consider to be their home inside the airport fence. It’s where skills are learned, pride is developed, and the path to a better, brighter, more affluent future is glimpsed for the first time by kids who have never had an outlet for their aeronautical dreams.
Beyond all logic and reason there remains a group of nitwits who disparage female pilots because…now, brace yourself for this logic…they’re women.
February is an awkward sort of month. At this point in the year winter is fierce and feels never ending. But if you look, you may find more important things to focus on as winter drags on. I’ll offer my suggestion for two relevant considerations right here: The AOPA Flight Training Scholarships and the live webcast of this year’s R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy presentation.
The Lightning from Arion Aircraft is available as either a Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA or ELSA) or as an Experimental Amateur Built version. Bonus: It's built in the USA.
Expect to see the Whisper in the U.S. by April 2021.
If I tell you that Part 103 ultralights are selling exceptionally well during COVID-19, would you believe it? I don’t blame you if you don’t — most would agree with you … but all the naysayers are wrong.
There should be no misunderstanding: Drones WILL be fully integrated into the National Airspace System at some point in our future. Would you prefer a seat at the table or just wait to see what happens?
Caution for elephants near the runway.
Fittingly, the barn is “a tribute to Ben Ryan and the sacrifices he and his wife Butchie made for the country. Ben flew a P-38 in the Pacific during WWII, and Butchie served as a nurse with the Army Nurse Corps.”
Words matter. We shouldn’t use uncontrolled airports as the common term for non-towered/pilot-controlled airports.
The push for unleaded avgas began in the 1980s. It seems we're still no closer to an answer today than we were then.
The answer is fairly easy from a legal standpoint because the specifications state that the supplier must guarantee that the oil stay within spec for at least three years. But what's the "technically safe" shelf life of aviation oil?
Only — and I do mean only — use oils that meet the Mil/SAE specs recommended.
The principals for improving gas mileage in an aircraft are optimizing engine operation, minimizing weight, reducing aerodynamic drag, and improving operation parameters.