The commercial-rated pilot and passenger — who owned the airplane — were conducting a cross-country business flight. Several witnesses reported seeing the Beech G35 overhead.
One witness stated that the engine made a “sputtering” sound like it was running out of gas. She stated the airplane was flying north and then turned west when it began to “nose dive” out of sight. [Read more…]
By CAROLINE DOUGHERTY
I pushed the throttle forward, quickly glanced at the tachometer to check for the full 1450 RPM, let my feet dance on the rudder bar to keep the nose straight down the runway, and thought, “Wow! I’m actually out here on my own!”
That’s how I celebrated my Sweet 16: Making my first solo flight in my father’s 100-year-old Curtiss Jenny. [Read more…]
The FAA has just released a fact sheet on surviving a general aviation accident.
“Every pilot needs to prepare for the unexpected. Although surviving a crash is one of those ‘I hope it never happens’ events, it’s something you need to consider both for yourself, and your passengers,” the fact sheet begins.
Accidents can happen quickly, so being prepared is key. Three factors will impact your ability to survive: Knowledge, discipline, and planning.
Here are some quick tips to remember: [Read more…]
On this day in history, Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver and pilot, set three world records when he jumped from a balloon that had taken him to the edge of Space on Oct. 14, 2012.
Baumgartner, who was 43 at the time of the record, set world records for free-fall distance and speed, as well as altitude. [Read more…]
Santa Ynez Valley youth who participate in the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 491 Youth Aviation Club will have the opportunity to learn about required annual inspections performed on general aviation aircraft at their monthly meeting Oct. 21 at Santa Ynez Valley Airport in California.
Conducting the class is Robert “Captain Bob” Perry, a commercial pilot and former flight instructor with 40 years aviation experience, who is the owner of and a certified repairman on his experimental light-sport Arion Lightning LS-1 aircraft. [Read more…]
According to officials, the agreement will provide operators of King Air, Pilatus, Cessna Caravan, Cheyenne and TBM aircraft the advantage of a one-stop solution for both engine and airframe services. [Read more…]
According to the flight instructor, during the turn from base to final, the Beech F33’s stall warning horn sounded and the descent rate increased.
The CFI reported he told the student pilot to go-around, and the student increased power, but the plane continued to descend and touched down on the runway at the airport in Marana, Arizona, briefly. [Read more…]