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The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during a rejected takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a ditch.
The airframe and powerplant mechanic's lack of experience in the overhaul of the engine model and the improper torque of the crankshaft gear bolt, which resulted in fatigue failure of the bolt and a total loss of engine power during an approach for landing.
The pilot's failure to maintain yaw control and his exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack during an aborted landing, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.
The pilot's distraction and subsequent loss of situational awareness and visual horizon in overcast sky conditions, which led to an unrecognized descent during a low-level maneuver and subsequent impact with snow-covered terrain.
Think there's no way you could own an airplane? That belief is not based on objective facts, but opinion — an opinion that is largely based on erroneous information, supposition, and perhaps just a tinge of fear. The truth is you probably can afford to own an airplane.
It's going to take a concerted effort from everyone — from the FAA to general aviation pilots — to reduce lead emissions from avgas-burning airplanes.
The drone video shows close-up views of aircraft that visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force normally can't see.
Tips from our readers on everything from hand propping your airplane to fuel efficiency and the importance of the flare.
A new report shows that North Carolina airports support 373,000 jobs, which leads to $15 billion in personal income.
Six airports were identified as having the potential for expansion, while work continues to locate a site for a new airport for the state.
Without help from the Recreational Aviation Foundation, this cool little airport would have been lost.
Airports support 44,399 jobs and generate almost $268 million in tax revenues.
When the original specification was created for radar altimetry decades ago, the Radio Frequency (RF) environment was protected. However, with new terrestrial broadband datalink systems such as 5G, these devices may be compromised.
The new Datalink ADS-B transceiver is designed to interface with a broad range of aircraft avionics and tablet applications.
The ADS-B ground station provides for networkable low-altitude airspace and airport surface monitoring, as well as Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Ground Control Station (GCS) integration for Detect & Avoid (DAA) capability.
Available immediately after purchase using a computer or tablet with internet access, pilots can navigate through the virtual course at their own pace.
The FAA Part 141 approved flight training program is designed to teach pilots the basics of test pilot academics and how to design and conduct flight tests.
The NTSB has asked the FAA to develop a system to automatically alert its inspectors of flight instructors whose student pass rates fall below 80%.
LIFT provided one private pilot scholarship for $2,000, an advanced scholarship for $2,000, a speciality rating/training scholarship for $1,000, and two $1,500 CFI/CFII/MEI scholarships
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.
What should I be concerned with when buying an airplane that hasn't been flown in two years?
I suspect that the blow-by is caused by glazed cylinder walls. This could possibly be a result of improper break-in, so let's begin there.
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 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.
Gunship versions of the B-17 were seen as one answer to the scourge of German fighter attacks.
The optimistic postwar brochures from general aviation manufacturers reveal a mix of confidence and dreams that played out with varying degrees of success.
Plan C is the last resort: If I determine the weather is below minimums, I stay put. This is the plan many pilots don’t even consider. Maybe because it feels like a failure. They fear others will think them less than a real pilot.
Logic suggests there’s a really great airport restaurant out there or a hangar filled with treasures an aviation nut like me would enjoy seeing. Perhaps there is town along my route that boasts of having the World’s Largest Ball of Yarn or the best BBQ on the planet. I honestly don’t know — but you might. That’s where the magic happens, when locals share the pride of their little corner of the world with travelers passing through.
How could I have known Bob Hoover and I would walk along a wooded path chatting casually like old friends? Or that I would literally bump into Apollo 8 commander Frank Borman while prowling the hangars of a local airport?
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.
The light aircraft industry appears to be surviving the COVID-19 mess better than expected. That means better health for the industry and more smiles for pilots.
Despite the upheaval of COVID-19, it appears affordable aviation is doing surprisingly well and I found pilots highly enthusiastic about their flying.
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 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.
Changing the oil at least three times a year or every 50 hours (if you have an oil filter) is one of the two most important things you can do to protect your engine.