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The flight instructor, who was controlling the Cessna 172, and the student pilot were conducting an instructional flight. During the takeoff from the airport in Charleston, West Virginia, the airplane lifted off about 1,000' down the runway, pitched nose up, and rolled left to an inverted attitude before it hit terrain next to the runway in a nose-down attitude.
The pilot reported that the purpose of the flight in the Piper J5A was to maneuver at low altitude and chase birds away from designated fields near Lake Harbor, Florida.
He had completed about eight to 10 turns over the target field and during a steep "reversal turn" to the left, the airplane hit terrain.
The private pilot reported that, shortly after takeoff with the Cessna 210's flaps and landing gear retracted, a total loss of electrical power occurred and that he immediately turned back to the departure airport in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The private pilot reported that he conducted a preflight inspection of the Mooney M20C and noted that both fuel tanks were full. He then took off for the personal cross-country flight.
The B-17 “The Memphis Belle” which had the title role in a movie focusing on World War II aviators in England, is offering rides under the FAA's new "Living History Flight Experience Program."
The aircraft, which will be flying out of Warbird Adventures at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Florida during the spring, was restored by David Tallichet, a California restaurant owner, to resemble the original Belle.
The first flight of a Legend Cub in Germany was made recently.
The Legend Cub AL3 was purchased by a resident of Germany, shipped overseas via container, and will remain N-registered for leisure flights in the European Union.
ANCHORAGE – In late January 2018 the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announced "in view of the significant public comments received regarding the Aircraft Registration Program proposal, the board will continue to work with DOT&PF on a revised registration proposal that meets the state’s informational needs, simplifies elements of the program and provides a tangible benefit to aircraft owners."
The Alaska Airmen Association said simply, "Our Voices Were Heard."
The process will include an additional public comment period.
A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for an airworthiness directive (AD) for some Cessna 172, 182, 206, 207, and 210 models was prompted by a report of cracks found in the lower area of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead.
First Wing Jet Center, formerly Montgomery Aviation, has opened a new 12,000-square-foot hangar at Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport (KFKR) in Indiana.
The hangar is adjacent to a new 40,000-square-foot ramp and de-icing pad, opened in late 2017, as well as new self-serve 100LL and Jet A fuel farms, according to officials.
Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), which is about 10 miles north of O'Hare International Airport, is always open — even in the snowy winter, when it's not uncommon for up to a foot of snow to accumulate in a day.
SAVANNAH, Georgia — Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) is partnering with Woolpert to integrate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technologies into airport and airfield operations.
KSAV is one of the first commercial service airports to formally integrate drone technologies into its regular operational programs for inspection, maintenance, monitoring and facility management, including supporting its Part 139 inspection protocols.
Two governors in the Southeast have increased funding for rural general aviation airports, noting they recognize that having these airports upgraded is a key element in driving increased economic development in these areas.
Have questions about what equipment you need to satisfy the 2020 ADS-B mandate? A new video from the FAA features a GA pilot, Jamal Wilson, asking David Gray, an FAA official, lots of questions about what equipment he needs for his Cherokee 180.
Have you ever had a mid-air close call in what seemed like wide-open skies? Even the most seasoned pilots have occasionally been surprised by unseen aircraft.
In a new video from the FAA posted on YouTube, several pilots talk about the advantages of having ADS-B in their airplanes, noting that having a near-miss turned them into ADS-B believers.
Duncan Aviation was recently selected by BendixKing as a BendixKing Repair Partner. This designation gives Duncan Aviation authorization to repair, overhaul and sell BendixKing components.
As a repair partner, Duncan Aviation will provide 24/7 repair and overhaul service, support and sales for more than 100 BendixKing avionics and instrument units, including:
ART 2000/2100 Radar;
KFC-400 Autopilot System.
Garmin has expanded its pilot training opportunities for 2018, adding classes throughout the United States.
Instructor-led training classes are available for the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, the G500/G600 glass flight display systems, and all Garmin Integrated Flight Decks.
Able Flight has awarded seven flight training scholarships to applicants from across the country.
Able Flight was created by pilots who believe that the life-changing experience of learning to fly is best shared, and designed the Able Flight scholarships to enable people with disabilities to pursue that experience.
American businessman John Rost has become the first to complete a new FAA-approved F-104 flight training program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The new civilian astronaut training program for licensed pilots is offered exclusively by commercial space marketing company Infinity Space, Inc.
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can use unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures.
Results of a January 2018 survey of pricing for FAA practical tests by the Flight School Association of North America has found that prices vary from region to region, with the highest prices reported in areas of higher training activity.
Q: May I ask a question regarding our engine in a Cessna 152? When we shut down from flight, there's a foam or steam inside the engine and it will come out at the breather like water.
Q: I fly a Cessna 182S registered HP1401. It has a Lycoming IO-540-AB1A5, 3 blade prop. Sea level OAT is 90°F or so year round.
It had a single probe analog CHT display connected to cylinder #1, which always remained around 320°F.
Q: Hi Paul, you helped me out a few years back regarding a question on an O-290 D2B and I really value your advice and opinions, so now I'll ask for your help once again.
Q: I bought a Tomahawk from someone I trusted. First oil change I discover very small needle-like pieces of aluminum in the filter, about a teaspoon worth. I ask the IA-rated seller about it.
GPS and air data computers make en route navigation the most precise it’s been in aviation history. In some ways, too precise.
Transoceanic airliners began to suffer hours of sustained turbulence caused by dozens and dozens of wide-body aircraft flying on the same track, through each other’s wake vortices.
I checked off a New Year’s resolution in 2017 when I successfully added Unmanned, small Aircraft System Remote Pilot to my list of pilot certifications. I am one of the more than 23,000 people who has earned that license since the FAA began issuing it in 2013.
Last year I gifted my readers with stories of men and women pilots who acted heroically, and lived to tell about it.
This holiday season I’m going in a different direction.
My last column, “Asleep at the Yoke,” included a report about a Piper Seneca pilot who had to ditch his airplane in the Gulf of Mexico. The thought of having to ditch an aircraft intrigued me, especially when I realized there is a different psychology to the act of ditching vs.
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 current ease of making digital color photographs is a taken-for-granted marvel that aviation photographers of earlier generations lacked.
The search for practical and permanent color photography began in the mid-19th Century.
The decade of the 1920s was a transitional time for American military aircraft design and construction.
Early fighters of the era, though better than the machines of the recently concluded Great War, were hardly revolutionary.
An age-old component of aviation has been the pilot-in-the-loop. A pilot brings sophisticated human faculties to bear in solving problems of flight and making judgments on proper actions.
But sometimes, the presence of a pilot can be detrimental — to the pilot.
When Anthony Fokker’s team introduced the futuristic Fokker D.VII biplane fighter to Germany in 1918, its welded steel tube fuselage and wings with less external bracing and rigging were a game-changer.
We like to say that education is a life-long pursuit. Yet many of us simultaneously limit education in our discussions and our thought processes to those years we spend in the confines of a traditional institution of learning.
It has long been a tradition for aviation enthusiasts to be perceived as elitists who shun outsiders. There is a factual basis for that belief, but its time is largely past.
Believe it or not, there was a time in my career as an aeronautical nut when I couldn't wait to get out of the little spam cans I was flying.
My plan was to move on to bigger, more capable machinery.
The kid's pace slowed as the tree line fell behind, the green grass of the airport coming into view. Pedaling slower while steering the bike off the main thoroughfare and onto the little used service road, the kid's eyes scanned the grounds.
This article may either excite you or annoy you.
I understand. I have mixed feelings about a new class of airplanes I don’t understand as well as familiar, legacy ones.
Perhaps like you, I’m annoyed because I didn’t foresee this and because these new proposed machines are not my experience over many decades of flight.
The 14th running of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo vigorously launched the 2018 season of airshows. The show ran Jan. 24-27, 2018, at Sebring Regional Airport (KSEF).
The central Florida airport — directly adjacent to the famous Sebring Raceway — hosts the annual event and lucked out with an opening day of gorgeous weather of clear blue skies and modest breezes in the high 70s.
American pilots are extraordinarily fortunate. We have a freedom to fly that many around the world can barely comprehend, much less enjoy as we do.
Yes, I’m well aware many American aviators don’t pay much attention to flying outside U.S.
Have you heard of the dreaded ground loop? If you’ve ever contemplated flying a taildragger, a fellow pilot probably warned you about it.
If you’ve shied away from taildraggers as they sound difficult or fearsome, I recommend you learn more about Kolb Aircraft as it has some very affordable taildraggers that you can fly with little fear.
I can’t imagine letting any of my kids fly an ultralight at 13 years old. And yet that is exactly what my parents let me do.
Granted, I grew up on an airport and had flown with my Dad for years by the time I was 13.
What’s the point of carrying a handheld radio if you have one (or two) radios installed in your panel? For that matter, why carry a paper sectional chart if you have a fancy glass panel cockpit or an iPad running ForeFlight or FlyQ?
Not long after Mark Baker joined the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as president, I was at a breakfast the AOPA Foundation hosted at SUN 'n FUN.
Following a briefing from Mark, he called for questions.
I was recently poking around the FAA website when I came across the Airport and Airway Trust Fund Fact Sheet for fiscal year 2016. It was like re-reading a section of the FARs after too many years.
At what temperature does piston aircraft engine oil break down?
This is not the same as the maximum oil sump temperature allowed for your engine. Both Lycoming and Continental recommend a maximum oil temperature of around 245°F.
Many years ago, I received some great advice from several friends at Continental Motors. They told me that the way to deal with the FAA was as follows:
First, find the right person to deal with.
After a review of the notes I received last year, the number 1 area of interest again was octane and engine knock.
The latest question was about blending octane number. For example, if you blend a 100/130 (commonly referred to as 100LL) fuel with a 90 octane mogas, will a 50/50 mix give you a 95 octane fuel?
In a past column I gave some background on what happens during break-in of a new or overhauled aircraft engine. Since then I have received numerous questions about why leaded fuel is needed during break-in.
June 1, 2017 by Ben Sclair Leave a Comment
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