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The pilot's inadequate preflight fuel planning, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.
The pilot's delayed decision to go around, which resulted in a collision with trees and terrain.
The student pilot's maneuver to the left to avoid striking birds during takeoff and his subsequent loss of directional control after aborting the takeoff and landing on soft, muddy grass adjacent to the runway during, which resulted in a nose-over.
The pilot’s attempt to land on water in an airplane that was not equipped with floats.
"Pilots and owners should be proactive in their approach to maintenance, understand airworthiness responsibilities, and know the value of proper maintenance documentation and effective communication with their mechanics and repair shops," FAA officials note in a recent video, "Understanding Owner/Mechanic Roles and Responsibilities."
The shop.desser.com website development team was focused on providing a "comprehensive ordering tool for new and retread tires, tubes, brakes, linings, batteries, hoses, aircraft transparencies, and related aircraft components for virtually every aircraft flying today," according to company officials.
Built specifically for business and general aviation aircraft owners and operators, Bluetail allows aircraft owners to store, search and share data, including logbooks, manuals, maintenance documents, and more.
In its general aviation aircraft shipments and billings report for the first quarter of 2021, GAMA reports that deliveries increased for turbine helicopters and propeller airplanes, while business jet and piston helicopter shipments were flat compared to the same period of 2020, which in its closing weeks saw the onset of the pandemic.
The FAA is hosting a free Runway Safety Town Hall for all general aviation pilots July 16, 2021. The live online event will offer best practices and a discussion from GA pilots, air traffic controllers, and runway safety experts. Discussion topics include preflight preparation, situational awareness, focused and clear communications, knowledge of runway geometry and signage, and more, FAA officials explain.
The $10 million in grants cover everything from a township buying a privately held airport to runway improvements to construction of hangar facilities.
A visit to Amish Country by members of the Short Wing Piper Club was a great way to get back into flying after the Year of the Pandemic.
Take SUN 'n FUN, add in Amazon, NOAA's hurricane hunters, flight schools, maintenance shops, and more, and that's a formula for success at Florida's Lakeland Linder International Airport.
The new Version 1.4 update includes both software and hardware changes to the S-TEC 3100.
BlueMax is a Bluetooth adapter that enables wireless streaming of aircraft data, such as engine, systems and navigation data, to a portable device. When paired with the free BlueMAX mobile app (available for iOS and Android), the pilot's mobile device becomes a portable multifunction display and data recorder.
U.S. Patent 11,011,830, “Wireless Communication System within an External Enclosure for Attachment to a Vehicle,” provides the ability to leverage the wing and tail locations of a general aviation aircraft for the installation of a transponder to gain optimal performance from both ground and space-based infrastructure, according to company officials.
The Collier Trophy is awarded annually for “… the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”
“We need to get this flight training issue cleared up as quickly as possible and by any means possible,” said Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President and CEO Mark Baker. “I can assure you we will not stop until this situation is resolved and common sense prevails.”
“The availability of the adapted Sky Arrow helped inspire the creation of Able Flight, and over the past 15 years, many people have become licensed pilots after training in the Sky Arrow," said Able Flight’s Founder and Executive Director Charles Stites. "Their plane has been an outstanding training platform for our pilots, and it is gratifying that Magnaghi Aeronautica has now chosen to help support the scholarship program with a financial gift."
Watching the broadcasts — either live or archived — will earn you FAA Safety Team WINGS Pilot Proficiency credits.
Our engines expert Paul McBride helps troubleshoot a perplexing problem with an engine on an owner-maintained airplane.
Thanks to a good friend who acts as my "conscience" for my posts, I've been advised that I may have mislead those who may be thinking about permanently removing a vacuum pump in a Lycoming engine in a Piper Arrow III.
Before you make any decision, make absolutely certain that when you look at the options, be sure to compare apples to apples. Don't let prices influence your decision, because the least expensive option may not be the best value.
My new engine is burning a quart of oil every four to five hours. Some “experts” are telling me I probably have glazed cylinders and others say just keep on flying it hard and the consumption will drop. Should I be concerned?
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 Army Air Services wanted a ground attack aircraft with heavy firepower and protected by armor plating to ensure its survival in low-altitude battlefield warfare. The GAX (Ground Attack Experimental) didn't win any beauty contests, with its truncated nose and oversized rudder. Nor did it win friends in the flying community, as the weight of the armor and armament taxed the ability of two Liberty engines to propel it.
At the time of its rollout, the B-19 was called the largest aircraft in the world. The XB-19's wingspan of 212 feet was more than twice that of a B-17. With a range listed as greater than 5,000 miles and a ferry range of more than 7,000 miles, the XB-19 could use auxiliary bomb bay gas tanks to bring its fuel capacity to 11,000 gallons, which a Douglas publicist likened to the volume carried by a standard railroad tank car of the day.
The Consolidated Fleetster series provided an elegant take on the needs of feeder airlines in the early 1930s. But the fortunes of Consolidated Aircraft lay elsewhere.
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.
Complacency is insidious. It creeps in disguised as routine. “Been there, done that and I know how this will come out because I have done it so many times before.” That is the complacency trap and I was going to be the next one caught…
We all know about the $100 hamburger, but this is the tale of the $200 smoked chicken.
As pilots, we have a special place we can go to be alone and work on our most serious issues — the solitude of our airplanes.
A backup camera, like those used in today's cars, could be a boon to pilots who fly taildraggers. A camera could add an extra layer of safety, especially at busy airports.
There are many considerations, of course. You may have a few of your own that are worth passing on to others. The lessons you’ve learned might be the exact information some other reader will benefit from.
On his student pilot cross-country flight, Eric realized he needed fuel. But he was at a non-towered field where his only option was a self-serve fuel farm. Having never pumped his own fuel before, this presented a bit of an issue. It's a question many a flight student might find themselves asking — how do you fuel an airplane?
The big things are easy. The procedures are clear. It’s the little things — the artistry of being a pilot — that really makes things interesting and totally unique.
Finally, after years of hoping, planning, and dreaming, Jorge Navarro is a pilot and an aircraft owner. I have no doubt he’ll eventually realize his dream of flying for a living, too.
If this young man is any example of what’s ahead for aviation in America, all is well. Jat’s not alone, of course. Many young people around the country are pursing aviation.
Electric aircraft, speedy new Light-Sport Aircraft, a "good" Tornado, and nightly STOL competitions were just some of the highlights at Paradise City, the LSA area of SUN 'n FUN 2021.
Aeronautical engineer Steve Testrake and Stephen Young acquired the Luscombe assets in June of 2019, creating Luscombe Aircraft Corporation to produce new planes, as well as parts of the existing Luscombe fleet. “Our goal is to revive the legacy of the Luscombe.”
Even in the year of the pandemic, LSA registrations grew in 2020.
Whatever is to become of Wings Over Republic and the thousands of other smaller aviation events around the country, I hope we all will participate in as many in-person events as we can in 2021 and beyond.
But the Alpha Electro is a trainer, with lots of one-hour flights in its future. These flights aren't speculative, or some day dreams. They are happening today.
NASA seeks BVLOS flight-corridors for AAM vehicles. UAS will test ConOps between CERTAIN and USRTC. This AAM HDV will pave the way for more complex routing of larger UAM aircraft.
The bill seeks to charge personal, corporate and charter rental aircraft $1,000 to land at publicly-owned airports in the Commonwealth.
Decisions about unleaded avgas for general aviation must be made on facts and data. What do those tell us right now: No change is needed.
Is oil analysis really important? It is it is if you consider the cost of a new or rebuilt engine, and the safety and peace of mind that it can give you says our oils expert.
Our expert offers tips on everything from the best way to extend the storage life of aviation grease to how to store wheel bearings to the best way to wash your plane to prevent rust.
The push for unleaded avgas began in the 1980s. It seems we're still no closer to an answer today than we were then.