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The private pilot was conducting a short flight to his home airport after picking up his Cessna 182C following an annual inspection.
There were no recorded communications between the pilot and air traffic control services.
The commercial pilot of the Pacific Aerospace 750XL reported he was preparing to release skydivers when he noticed that the engine torque indication was in the red arc.
The gauge was indicating a torque of 70 pounds per square inch (psi) when it should have been indicating about 25 psi.
The instrument-rated private pilot was operating the Piper PA-32-R on an instrument flight rules flight in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).
As the plane neared the destination airport, the controller cleared the pilot for the instrument landing system (ILS) approach, instructed him to descend to 3,400' mean sea level (msl), and provided him with a heading to intercept the localizer course.
The private pilot was conducting a personal cross-country flight in Beech C24R.
He last fueled the plane 10 days before the accident. Review of GPS data and fueling records revealed that between the last fueling and the accident, the airplane had been operated for nearly four hours.
US Sport Planes of Denton, Texas, has been appointed the North American importer and distributor for Jabiru Light-Sport Airplanes for North America. The company will be the exclusive importer and market the full line of LSA airplanes manufactured in Australia by Jabiru Aircraft.
When David Porter took his first flight in his RV-7 on Nov. 24, 2017, he probably didn't know he was making history.
The Martinsburg, W.Va., pilot's plane became the official 10,000th Van's RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts and take to the skies.
CubCrafters has introduced two new variants of the Carbon Cub model: The Carbon Cub EX-3 and FX-3.
The Carbon Cub EX-3 is an experimental amateur built (E-AB) kit, and the Carbon Cub FX-3 is the company’s FX (Factory eXperimental) builder assist version.
Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft, particularly amateur-built aircraft, continued their decline during the FAA's 2017 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, falling to historic lows.
For the 12-month period from Oct.
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.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has filed its final brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the legality of the settlement agreement reached earlier this year between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, California, over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO.)
A new 5,050' asphalt runway at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (KBZN) will help separate general aviation from the airport’s commercial traffic, creating a more efficient environment for transient aircraft operations and flight training.
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.
As of Sept, 1, 2017, rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment is now on board more than 40,000 aircraft flying in the United States.
The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to be equipped with ADS-B Out before the Jan.
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, is the last day general aviation pilots can reserve their $500 rebates to install ADS-B.
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, airplanes must be equipped with ADS-B Out to fly in most controlled airspace.
FARGO, North Dakota — Appareo has added to its Stratus family of cost-effective, easily-installed certified avionics for general aviation.
Just like Stratus ESG, the company’s flagship transponder, the new Stratus ES is a certified 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out transponder designed with the common 1.65” form factor to easily replace existing transponders.
Just released is Basic Backcountry Online Ground School, an online ground school specific to mountain and backcountry flying.
The new course by Latitude Aviation offers a comprehensive study of concepts and practices unique to mountain flying, covering subjects like canyon flying, density altitude, performance calculation, and more.
ALBANY, Georgia — There is an additional parking space being occupied at the already busy Thrush Aircraft factory, as Robert Garrett has joined the company as director of training.
Garrett, a veteran of the ag aviation industry, will oversee Thrush’s new factory-based ag aviation flight and maintenance training programs.
LOCK HAVEN, Penna. — The overlap in skills between music and aviation was evident Sept. 16, 2017, at the Piper Memorial Airport, when violinist William Knauth completed his first solo flight at AvSport of Lock Haven.
Speakers for the seventh annual Redbird Migration Flight Training Conference, slated for Oct. 16-18, 2017, include a diverse collection of aviation leaders, revolutionaries, and entrepreneurs focused on the future of the industry.
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.
Q: I read some of the material you have posted and was very impressed. I have a question about finding rust in the barrels of the cylinders.
Here is the situation: A customer is looking to buy a Piper Lance II.
Q: I bought a 1972 Cessna 177B with an O-360 a few months ago. It had 900 hours on the engine. My first 20 hours I would use 23 squared and pull the mixture back to 10 gph or less, then watch the cylinder head temperatures, monitoring to keep the hottest (#2) around 385°.
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.
Night vision is a perennial problem for pilots.
Nature did not design us for night operations. Our eyeballs are too small, our pupils too narrow, and the rods in our eyes that allow us to see in the dark are located 20° off center.
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.
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.
It was rare — almost like lottery-winning rare — as three World War II Bell P-63 Kingcobras and one predecessor P-39 Airacobra landed at Wittman Field in late July for EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
My wife and I were empty-nesters for a minute there. Our son is a great success, living in New York City with his own growing family. Our daughters had moved out and were sharing a house together.
It was supposed to be an easy day. My complete list of responsibilities involved delivering a Cessna 152 to the site of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's southeastern regional fly-in at Tampa’s Peter O.
As a participant in the American system of general aviation, no one needs to tell you how utilitarian or beneficial the smaller, quieter airports in our system are.
These fields that sit serenely on the edge of town give users the ability to fly directly in to the destination they choose.
It seems I've got a bit of an oil pressure problem. The temperature looks good, but the pressure on engine number 1, the engine that sits behind my left shoulder, is running significantly lower than it should.
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?
To many observers, the development of Light-Sport Aircraft seaplanes is fast-paced, inventive, and intriguing. You may have read about entries from the USA, Europe, or New Zealand. How about Finland?
“Finland has 188,000 lakes,” said Anssi Rekula, cofounder and sales director for Atol Avion, producer of the Atol LSA seaplane.
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.
It seems like only yesterday my family and I were lounging in Hawaii soaking up the sun. It was July. Today, we’re starting to plan for Thanksgiving and beyond. Where has the time, and the Hawaiian sunshine, gone?
On Sept. 2, 2017, Steven Hinton flew “Voodoo” – a highly modified P-51 Mustang – over a 3-kilometer course in Central Idaho at an average speed of 531.272 mph. That speed is the fastest ever achieved for a piston engine propeller-powered airplane.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think about where my food comes from. Sad, really, but truthful. I suppose I don’t really think about where most of the “stuff” I consume comes from — including parts and pieces of aircraft.
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.
June 8, 2017 by Ben Sclair Leave a Comment
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