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The pilot, who was conducting a cross-country flight in a Beech 95, entered the pattern at the airport in Casey, Illinois, on the crosswind leg and set the mixture and power for landing and extended the flaps.
The pilot was on a personal cross-country flight to a remote, off-airport site in Sleetmute, Alaska, in a tailwheel-equipped Cessna 180.
He said that before landing he intended to fly a low pass over the snow-covered site to determine the condition of the snowpack, a maneuver commonly known as dragging the landing site.
The student pilot was performing his third stop and go landing during his first solo flight.
He reported that during the landing flare he heard the stall warning horn, and he bounced the landing while traveling at a ground speed of approximately 45 knots.
The private pilot reported that, 10 miles from the destination airport, the passengers heard a loud “clank” and smoke entered the Cessna 210's cockpit.
Shortly after, the engine experienced a total loss of power and the propeller stopped turning.
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.
Discovery Aviation has started production of its new advanced XL-2 with a three aircraft order from a current XL-2 operator in Seoul, Korea.
The company's business plan calls for production to ramp up in 2018, with full production expected to be achieved later in the year, according to company officials.
The arsenal of airborne tactics available to firefighters and first responders may soon grow as Thrush Aircraft has formed an alliance with unmanned aerial vehicle and systems manufacturer Drone America to begin development of the world’s first autonomous air tanker.
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.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE) recently launched WebTrak, a web-based service by Brüel & Kjær EMS, that provides historical and near real-time flight tracking and noise level information to the community.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE) is the first general aviation airport in the nation to introduce Automated Passport Control (APC) self-service kiosks at its onsite U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility.
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.
Piper Aircraft has received FAA certification of the G1000 NXi next generation integrated flight deck on both the M500 single engine turboprop and M350 pressurized, single-engine piston.
The company is set to offer it as a retrofit option (via STC) for fielded G1000 equipped Matrix, Mirage (M350), and Meridian (M500) aircraft later this year, Piper officials said.
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.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is now accepting application for three scholarship programs offering more than $130,000.
Application deadline is May 2, 2018, for the scholarship programs, all funded by donations to the AOPA Foundation.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Windells Academy, an action sports boarding school, and Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA), a helicopter and airplane pilot training school, have partnered to create the nation's first high school boarding program in which students can earn their professional pilot certifications while at the same time working toward their high school diploma.
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.
Q: I just bought a Piper Mojave. It has 1,200 hours on both engines. Pre-buy, including oil analysis, was good.
During a maiden flight, the left prop feathered on prop check.
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.
Falling asleep while flying is something I’ve never done. I remember reading about a flight crew who did, overflying their Hawaiian island destination. I wondered what those two pilots felt in that moment when they both suddenly awoke with land and the airport well behind them.
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 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.
Aircraft manufacturers and users have a penchant for picking names for their machines. Sometimes, a name is so good or so universally associated with a manufacturer that it gets recycled on a new design.
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.
The Boy Scout Law isn't something that keeps me up nights. Well, not most nights, anyway.
Yet I find myself thinking about it more and more often these days. Those 12 points from my youthful, somewhat rudderless phase of life seem to keep coming back to me at the oddest times now.
Climbing into an airplane with the intent of getting airborne is an exciting endeavor. Even for those fortunate enough to have been doing this for years, it's still a thrill.
Yet our emotional response to flight isn't always positive or uplifting.
“Oh, I could never build an airplane,” they say. And you know who they are.
Almost anyone who ever overheard a homebuilder or an owner engaged in a restoration project could easily qualify.
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.
In barely over a decade, Light-Sport Aircraft have had an enormous impact on the world of aviation.
Is that too strong a statement? “Where are all these LSA,” you might ask?
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.
“Oh, what a tangle web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
To be honest, I have no idea if this line from Walter Scott’s poem “Marmion” is apropos to the proposed aircraft registration discussion currently taking place in Alaska.
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.
In a recent email, a pilot related a problem he had with his aircraft: He needed to drain the fuel tanks so that he could repair the wing.
He drained the 100LL out of the tanks into two plastic drums.
In my last column, Breaking in a new engine in the Aug. 24 issue, I discussed the mechanics of breaking in an engine. In this column I will discuss some of the steps every pilot should take during break-in.
May 25, 2017 by Ben Sclair Leave a Comment
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