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Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain an appropriate descent rate and runway alignment during the landing flare, which resulted in the airplane touching down left of the runway and hitting a ditch.
Probable cause: The failure of the second airplane's pilot to see and avoid the first airplane as he was overtaking the first airplane.
Probable cause: The pilot/mechanic's failure to maintain airspeed following a loss of engine power, which resulted in the airplane exceeding its critical angle of attack and experiencing an aerodynamic stall. Also causal was the pilot/mechanic's failure to service the engine with oil following maintenance, which resulted in the total loss of engine power.
Probable cause: The failure of the landing gear system to either fully retract or extend due to a cracked hydraulic fitting flare, which resulted in the loss of hydraulic pressure.
Van's Aircraft goes from kit builder to aircraft manufacturer, expanding its facilities to build its popular RV-12 LSA.
Wingfoot Three, the newest blimp in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s fleet, was officially christened Aug. 30.
Flying car company has inked a deal for office and hangar space at Boire Field Airport (KASH) in Nashua, New Hampshire.
More than 10 years in the making, watching his Privateer fly for the first time was "a highlight" of John Meekins' life.
More than 500 kids and their parents visited Dupage Airport for a Back to School celebration.
Just how important are general aviation airports? Ask the Army National Guard helicopter crews that found refuge from the storm at Y50 in Wisconsin.
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.
Garmin has released several free software upgrades to its GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots.
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.
Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2018 for more than $150,000 in scholarships from Whirly-Girls.
An historic Link trainer on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach campus helps students learn what it was like to learn to fly during World War II.
The University of Memphis is launching a commercial aviation degree program this fall.
More than 5,700 pilots are flying again thanks to AOPA's Rusty Pilot program.
In certain specific circumstances, this model Lycoming may enjoy an extra 200 hours to TBO time.
A deHavilliand Dove driver reaches out to our expert to get help identifying the serial number on his engine.
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.
The IMSAFE and PAVE checklists are essential tools for every pilot. While not regulatory, committing the letter - and the spirit - of the checklists will go a long way toward conducting yourself safely.
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.
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.
More than 200 Consolidated four-engine PB2Y Coronados were built, but the seaplane flew in relative obscurity as patrol bombers and long-range transports.
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.
What is the meaning of life? What is the value of life? Should we change the values of our life in an attempt to extend it? Those are just some of the questions Jamie Beckett is pondering after a visit to his doctor.
When all goes well, a CFI might have a flight when he doesn't have a thing to do -- and that's how it should be.
Customer service is the key to growing general aviation.
The best part of aviation? Not the airplanes or exciting air shows. It's the people.
Four years of hard work pay off in big potential wins for the LSA industry.
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.
If your friends don't know you're a pilot, how can they ask you to take them flying?
It is not possible to adequately thank a dedicated and loyal employee after three-plus decades of work.
Words are important. But they often mean different things to different people. Making sure what we say is what people hear is a key to being understood.
An IA meeting discussion led Neil Stone on a quest to design and produce an affordable ELT tester. He succeeded.
A reader asks our oils expert what is the best oil for his 1930 Kinner B-5 engine.
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.