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The pilot stated that, before takeoff, he waited with the engine running for about 10 minutes while other traffic departed. While waiting, he unlatched the canopy to allow air into the cockpit, however, he failed to re-secure the canopy before takeoff.
The pilot reported that during landing on a coastal beach in Anchor Point, Alaska, the Piper PA-18's left wing hit a driftwood tree branch that protruded from a higher berm.
The airplane spun to the left, which resulted in substantial damage to the elevator and both ailerons.
The pilot reported that while en-route to his destination airport, he saw a "small area of rain" ahead.
He further reported that he "circled around for a while" waiting for the weather to clear, but during the circling he "ran out of fuel" and the Cessna 150 lost power.
The pilot and flight instructor were performing a recurrent training flight in the tailwheel-equipped Bellanca 7ECA.
Both pilots reported that the takeoff roll and acceleration on the 1,900' grass runway in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, seemed normal.
More than 10 years in the making, watching his Privateer fly for the first time was "a highlight" of John Meekins' life.
The new-the-U.S. side-by-side SLSA comes from Hungary's Magnus Aircraft Corp., and offers a few Rotax based engine options. The Fusion 212 starts at $139,900.
The new Solar Trailer is outfit with flexible solar panels that will charge Taurus Electro.
Just unveiled is BlackFly, an all-electric ultralight vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
Work has begun on a new administration building at DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED), home of the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase.
WINTHROP, Washington – Methow Valley State Airport (S52) reopened July 3, 2018, with a new runway after a 45-day temporary closure to rehabilitate the 22-year-old pavement.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation began the four phased $5 million project to replace the pavement and maintain the airport May 14.
A 2012 forest fire delayed the development of Michigan's Two Hearted (6Y5) airstrip located in the state's Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior.
The FAA cut over to a new air traffic control tower at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ) in the early morning hours of June 25, 2018.
The new, 128' tower will enable air traffic controllers "to continue to provide the safest, most efficient service to flights at the busy Florida airport," FAA officials said.
Avionics sales continues to grow, topping $1.3 billion in the first half of 2018.
BendixKing has unveiled a new plan that sells avionics in a similar way to cell phones.
Garmin has enhanced its GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC 600 & GFC 500 autopilots.
Sporty’s has introduced Stratus 3, the latest generation of the weather receiver, at an introductory price of $699.
More than 5,700 pilots are flying again thanks to AOPA's Rusty Pilot program.
Pilots who use Sporty’s flight training syllabi can now track their progress through = the Flight Schedule Pro (FSP) system.
Sporty's awards it first Flight Crew scholarship to a Tennessee pilot.
Just introduced is the EAA Virtual Flight Academy, where pilots can hone their skills.
Why is the engine on this AMD Alarus producing such low power?
Many of you from around the world will soon be heading to EAA AirVenture 2018. There's no better place than Oshkosh and other air shows to speak directly to the experts to get answers to your technical questions about your aircraft and your engines.
Q: I pulled cylinders #1 and #2 to replace the base "O" rings due to oil leaks. The engine is a Lycoming O-360 A3B6D with 650 hours and is a factory reman from 1994 due to Chevron Oil fuel contamination.
Q: Paul, I fly my single engine Comanche two to three times a month during our cold winter months here in Wisconsin. During EAA chapter meetings and fly-outs, we debate what is the best engine oil to use?
Unless practiced, crosswind landings can bite a pilot. A look through NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) details some of those pilot's bites.
Maybe there is something to putting a decal on your plane.
Presidential TFRs are complicated.
These flight restrictions are temporary and, often, the boundaries keep moving. Furthermore, they can occur without warning anytime a president decides to travel. They are kind of like pop-up summer thunderstorms.
I flew co-pilot on a 19-seat turboprop during my airline pilot rookie year. One hot summer day, we landed at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA), deplaned our passengers, and loaded up 19 more.
By Jim Posner, Poulsbo, Wash.
I have long thought that the FAA should NOT be in the medical certification business, at least for Part 91 operations. Ever since my denial – despite letters from my doctors specifically stating that I am good to go – I have tried to understand why they should consider themselves more qualified to determine my fitness to fly than my own experts.
By Dick Knapinski, EAA Communications
I had the opportunity to read your column regarding the AirVenture ATC fees being assessed by the FAA. You’re absolutely right – it’s complicated.
There are some significant differences in your comparison between the FAA and the Oshkosh Police Department, and other points to consider as well, however:
As some commenters mentioned, GA has already paid for FAA’s services through fuel taxes.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I believe it was in 2003 that my brother told me about a program called the Mattituck Engine Workshop sponsored, as you can guess, by Teledyne Mattituck Services.
By Lindy Kirkland, President, The Air Care Alliance
First, let me say a big thank you for helping make the Volunteer Pilot Safety Stand Down (Sit up?) a big success. All the comments I heard from pilots attending were very positive and encouraging.
The U.S. Army experimented with the use of lighter-than-air blimps for a variety of needs.
The use of helicopters in the U.S. Air Force predates the Air Force as a separate service.
In World War II, limited numbers of Sikorsky R-4s flew for the Army Air Forces.
Popular history has a way of making icons of some aircraft and almost ignoring others.
In the case of American World War I biplane trainers, the Curtiss JN-4 and JN-6 Jenny series of biplanes are undisputed icons of their era.
If everything aeronautical seemed possible in the heady post-war jet age, some aircraft designs found where the limitations were.
The Convair F2Y Sea Dart was one of four delta-wing jets in design or production by that San Diego company in the 1950s.
With a plate full of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and hash browns, I’m a happy boy. A Styrofoam cup of coffee completes my All American Breakfast. The space around me buzzes with activity.
Success is much more common when we work together.
What does learning to tune a piano have to do with aviation?
Flying hasn't always been practical, but today, it can be. And oftentimes is.
In the late 1990s, the Italian JetFox 97 flew as an evolved ultralight-style aircraft. The two-seat design resembled the American FlightStar, which sold around 1,000 units in all configurations.
Unlike Flightstar, JetFox 97 fully enclosed the engine and cabin, giving it a more finished look.
SUN 'n FUN 2018 ended a record event on a Sunday. Traveling home Monday, I had less than a 24-hour turnaround before jetting across the Atlantic for Aero Friedrichshafen 2018, which started Wednesday.
Unveiled only nine months ago, Just Aircraft’s Part 103 unfinished prototype is generating a surprising amount of interest.
Overall this seems part of a surge in Part 103 interest, for plenty of good reasons:
Greater freedom (no license or registration required),
No medical of any kind needed, and
The aircraft can be delivered ready-to-fly.
One of the most celebrated names in light aviation is Rans, a company name that both hinges on and reflects its designer and company boss, Randy Schlitter.
Recently this now-familiar producer celebrated 35 years since the initial flight of its first single-seat aircraft.
An IA meeting discussion led Neil Stone on a quest to design and produce an affordable ELT tester. He succeeded.
More than 11 years later, "A Lesson Learned" is just as applicable today as it was in 2007.
“It's amazing. If this thing didn’t have all these limiters on it, I would’ve taken it up to 500' and just flown back to the strip,” said Casey Neistat. "I felt that confident.”
Who is Casey Neistat and what is he talking about?
Is the Federal Aviation Authority (yep, you read that correctly) trying to connect with you?
After all, they're trying to connect with me. Check out the following screenshot of an email that just arrived to my inbox.
A lack of knowledge of general aviation, as well as aircraft technology, often leads to juries awarding huge sums to plaintiffs, even when a plane crash isn't the fault of the manufacturer.
When I got out of college in 1967 and started work, most companies were run by technical people who supported research and development.
In the lab we were allowed a lot of latitude to work on related projects that may not have an immediate payout.
Lately, I have received numerous questions about grease. The general theme of most of them is “why can’t I use synthetic grease from the local parts store in my aircraft?”
Synthetic lubricants are one of the present “now" or "buzz” words.
In a previous column, CYA, the FAA and the new unleaded avgas, I discussed the problems the FAA may have with the new proposed unleaded 100 octane avgas.
In addition to the lower octane characteristics of the avgas, one of the big concerns is exhaust valve recession.
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