General Aviation News
The airline transport pilot reported that the accident flight was the Cessna 441's first flight after a phase maintenance check, and that he was repositioning the airplane to an airport about 40 nautical miles away.
The commercial pilot and his wife departed on a visual flight rules cross-country flight to their home airport. About 46 nautical miles from the destination airport, the pilot requested an instrument flight rules clearance and was subsequently cleared for an instrument landing system (ILS) approach at the destination airport.
The airline transport pilot was repositioning the Cirrus SR22 to its home base after maintenance was completed at a repair station.
He filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan with a cruise altitude of 9,000' mean sea level (msl).
The pilot had recently purchased the Piper PA 22-1 and planned to fly it to a friend's private airport to show him the airplane.
The private airport was located about 27 nautical miles east of the departure airport.
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.
Around 1,800 pilots have invested in delivery positions for the highly-anticipated ICON A5 Light-Sport amphibian, which, by all accounts, is a great little seaplane.
However, production delays have frustrated many potential ICON owners who want to experience the fun of water flying sooner rather than later.
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.
A project to upgrade Taxiway A at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL) in Arizona takes off Jan. 22, 2018, requiring some night-time runway closures.
According to officials with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the taxiway will be upgraded from A1 to A10 over the course of five phases.
A veteran aviation attorney has proposed a counterintuitive idea: That airports just might be the safest places to fly drones.
But the claim by Mark Dombroff of Alexandria, Va.-based law firm LeClairRyan, comes with quite a few qualifiers.
Sunrise Valley Ranch Airstrip east of Prineville, Oregon, just got an FAA identifier: 29OR.
According to officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation, RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes worked hard with the owners to make this happen, originally identifying the potential airstrip location and runway alignment for safe approaches, aircraft parking area and access.
A grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation to revitalize about 10 acres of property at Springfield-Branson National Airport (KSGF) has served as a catalyst for improvement projects to meet increased demand.
Duncan Aviation has updated its free Straight Talk book on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), one of the FAA’s mandated NextGen upgrades.
Originally written in February 2015 and periodically updated by a team of Duncan Aviation’s avionics professionals, the Straight Talk book is intended to provide practical information about all aspects of ADS-B for aircraft owners.
Garmin has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for several aircraft models for the GFC 500 autopilot, including a wide range of Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft.
Intended for less complex piston single-engine aircraft, the GFC 500 integrates with the G5 to provide pilots with an economical autopilot and modern flight instrument, according to Garmin officials.
EAST AURORA, N.Y. — Astronics Max-Viz reports that more than 2,500 of its Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) have now been installed in rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
Of the 2,500 installed systems, approximately 60% are on fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and 40% are operating on helicopters.
The deadline to apply for the 2018 Flying Musicians Association Solo Scholarship Program is Jan. 31, 2018.
The scholarship gives the selected student a flight training scholarship up through the first solo.
ASA's free Endorsement Labels have been updated to reflect Advisory Circular (AC) 61-65G, which provides guidance for pilot applicants, flight instructors, ground instructors, and examiners on the certification standards, knowledge test procedures, and other requirements in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61.
The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) is conducting a survey to find out what prices are being charged for practical tests.
"We are working to gauge general trends in practical test pricing as provided by Designated Pilot Examiners (DPEs)," officials said.
DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) has awarded its annual Mitchell Cary-Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship to Alex Hackney, 15, son of Paul and Rebecca Hackney of Jamestown, Ohio, where Alex is a freshman at Greeneview High School.
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.
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.
We were on an out and back — Dulles to Newark, Newark to Dulles. Our assigned aircraft had just come out of maintenance. The captain flew the Newark leg. No issues.
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.
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.
If World War I showed the nations of the world how the airplane could vault over ground emplacements to strike at an enemy, the combatants also came to appreciate the efficacy of using aircraft as ambulances to surmount obstacles and save precious time flying away from the fray.
Over the course of my life I've had three major obsessions. In chronological order they are motorcycles, guitars, and airplanes.
My dad was an avid motorcyclist, owning a Harley Davidson 125cc machine when he was but a young lad in St.
Current estimates of the population of the United States clock in somewhere around 323 million men, women, and children.
If we assume a quarter of those people are under the age of 18, as the US Census Bureau suggests, that cuts the number of adults down to fewer than 250 million men and women.
Because I'm a bit weird, I found myself reading through a stack of newspapers from the early 20th Century recently. In those pages I found something that I hadn't seen in a while, something almost foreign to the American public in our current time.
If you're a pilot, you've got goals. That's just the way it is.
Maybe it's the fact that we have goals that lead us to this life where we have it so good.
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?
“It simply won’t work,” say too many pilots. “You cannot run a business making only 50 airplanes a year. To build good, safe airplanes, you must operate a large enterprise.”
If you are one of those naysayers, are you sure about that?
“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.
New year, new calendar, clean slate. Turning over a calendar seems to create in many of us the desire to do — and be — better.
Sadly, all too soon, we fall back into our regular ruts and habits.
When I sit back and look at the world, I find it a fascinating place. For me, the most interesting details relate to people. Specifically, their actions and reactions.
If we slow down enough, there are a great many lessons to be learned from our fellow citizens of earth.
I believe there are multiple paths in life. Whether the topic is spiritual, technical, flying, driving or any other matters not. There are multiple ways to accomplish nearly anything. When it comes to flying, the paths to aviation and within aviation are myriad.
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.
I recently received an email from a pilot who lives in a remote area where 100LL is not readily available.
He was thinking about buying a used tank that had been storing #2 diesel fuel.