The pilot was taking off in his tundra tire-equipped Piper PA-18 on a private, ice-covered, gravel runway in Talkeetna, Alaska. [Read more…]
During an aerial application flight in a tailwheel-equipped Air Tractor AT-602, the commercial pilot departed the airstrip at Ropesville, Texas, with a full load of insecticide, but then realized the plane was equipped with improper spray nozzles, and returned to the airstrip.
Considering the fully loaded configuration, he made one low approach and reported that everything felt normal. On the next approach he touched down on the dirt portion of the runway, applied beta (reverse thrust), and the airplane immediately began yawing to the left. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, he departed on a cross-country flight to his home airport in Westfield Township, Ohio. He planned to arrive about sunset and land to the west.
His last recollection of events leading up to the accident was initiating a right turn from the base to final leg in the traffic pattern. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that he was flying the Funk B85C about 700 feet above the ground in cruise flight when he felt the control stick “pop” and the nose of the airplane pitch down. [Read more…]
The F-1 Rocket pilot reported that, on final approach to landing, he added power to maintain the desired glidepath, but the engine did not respond.
Despite adjusting the throttle and additional troubleshooting efforts, he noted no response from the engine. [Read more…]
The pilot was conducting a visual flight rules aerial observation flight and returning to his home base. Radar and weather data showed the Cessna 182 maneuvering in instrument flight rules conditions before radar contact was lost. [Read more…]
The balloon pilot reported that, halfway through the flight, he determined that the wind aloft was higher than anticipated and that the original planned landing destination was no longer suitable.
While the Ultramagic SA N210 balloon was between 3,000 and 4,000 feet mean sea level, he started looking for another landing area and noted that the surface wind had increased and changed direction since the launch. The wind aloft about this time was reported to be 26 knots. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, about 10 miles from the destination airport, he switched the left and right fuel tanks from the auxiliary position to the main tank position.
On final approach for landing and when the Piper PA-24-250 was at an altitude of about 500 feet, the engine stopped producing power. The propeller continued to rotate, but the engine did not respond to throttle inputs. [Read more…]
Shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Municipal Airport in Southern California, the pilot advised the air traffic control tower controller that the Ryan’s engine had lost power, and he requested an immediate return to the airport.
He initiated a left turn toward the airport, however during the approach, he realized that the airplane was unable to reach the runway. [Read more…]
The pilot departed for a local flight in Logan, Utah, with the fuel gauges showing about a quarter full in each fuel tank. The pilot did not perform a visual inspection of the fuel tanks during his pre-flight procedures. [Read more…]