Do you know what to do if you have an accident?
Most flight training revolves around safety, but accidents do happen.
A recent blog post from the AOPA Insurance Services outlines the six steps you need to take to ensure that everyone is safe, no regulations have been violated, and that insurance matters have been handled properly.
Here’s a quick rundown of what you want to do in the event of an aircraft accident: [Read more…]
During a local sightseeing flight in Page, Arizona, the pilot noticed that the Cessna 207’s engine had lost partial power, and he initiated a turn back toward the airport while troubleshooting the loss of power.
Despite these attempts, the engine would not regain full power and was surging and sputtering randomly. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that before taking off for a local flight in the Piper J-3 in Hopkinsville, Ky., when he conducted the engine run up, the magneto drop for the right magneto was 150 rpm, which was 100 rpm greater than the drop for the left magneto.
He later stated that the “engine ran up just fine.” [Read more…]
The Sonex had just departed the airport in Wellington, Fla. One witness reported that during the initial climb the engine “sputtered,” and another reported that it “backfired.”
The pilot made a steep turn back toward the airport, but the airplane stalled and spiraled to the ground. The pilot died in the crash. [Read more…]
According to the pilot, he was practicing an engine out maneuver to a landing on the water in the Piper PA-18-150 near Lake Wales, Fla.
At 500 feet mean sea level, he “cut” the engine power and turned the carburetor heat to full on. As he neared the water, he started to flare when the left float grabbed the water first. [Read more…]
The pilot reported that, during the descent to the destination airport in Ashland, Mo., the Cessna 414’s left engine experienced a partial loss of power.
He attempted to troubleshoot the issue. Unable to restore the engine power, he secured the left engine, feathered the propeller, and advised air traffic control of the situation. [Read more…]
The pilot and pilot-rated passenger reported that while in cruise flight, both of the Cessna 310’s engines experienced a partial loss of power.
The pilot selected an open field near Aurora, Colo., and made a forced landing. [Read more…]
According to air traffic control (ATC) audio recordings, a tower controller cleared the Diamond DA20 for takeoff from the airport in Fort Carson, Colo., about 23 seconds after a UH-60 helicopter was cleared for takeoff from a midfield location. [Read more…]
The student pilot reported that following an uneventful flight in the Cessna 177RG, as he entered the airport traffic pattern in Richland, Wash., on the downwind leg, he was notified by another pilot that there was an airplane operating within the traffic pattern with no radio. [Read more…]