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Loss of Control NTSB Accident ReportThe pilot reported that, after the cargo was loaded onto the Beech 58 for the night flight, he performed a contamination check, and the airplane was free of contamination. After performing the run-up checks, he activated the anti-ice systems and taxied onto the runway at the airport in Denver. He noted that air traffic control had ... Read More!
Jessica Belcher of Exclusive Aviation at Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM) in Eden Prairie, Minn., sent in this photo with a brief explanation: “I was shooting this DA40 XLS for our sale listings, and caught this Piper doing touch and goes right in the plane's canopy.”
I remember flying into an unfamiliar airport once and the pilots on frequency chiding me for not knowing the name of their airfield. Didn't make sense to me. I made each callout using the FAA-charted name. When I wondered aloud what the deal was, the FBO manager told me: 'That's not our local procedure.' Ignorance ... Read More!
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 ... Read More!
The airlines are terrible at running their businesses, so let's turn air traffic control over to them, says Andrew Schmertz, the CEO of Hopscotch Air, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. “What could go wrong?” he asks with tongue in cheek in a recent post. He notes that the airlines have decades of losses ... Read More!
With the stroke of a pen, the FAA has certified that the Thrush 510P joins its sibling, the Thrush 510G, as being fully compliant with the most modern certification standards - and able to officially fly at its fully operational gross weight of 10,500 pounds. The new certification marks the culmination of more than eight years ... Read More!
Race car legend Mario Andretti has been named honorary chairman of the Flight School Association of North America‘s Learn to Fly Month, slated for May. FSANA officials say they expect the initiative to reach “international proportions” within a few years. “With time, we see public response creating a ‘Black Friday’ effect on the entire flight ... Read More!
Textron Aviation has signed a multi-year agreement with the University of Dubuque, establishing the university's commitment to purchase new flight training aircraft solely from Textron Aviation through 2026. As part of the new agreement, Textron Aviation will provide product support, parts and training for the university's new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft, which will be equipped ... Read More!
Pilot Error NTSB Accident ReportAccording to both the flight instructor and the pilot undergoing instruction, during the landing rollout at the airport in Phoenix, the pilot undergoing instruction inadvertently retracted the landing gear. The landing gear handle was immediately selected to down, however they felt the Piper PA-28R-201 sink to the left. The airplane sustained structural damage to the left wing, ... Read More!
Dale Rogers from Mayfair, Saskatchewan, in Canada, answered our call for interesting aviation photos with a series of photos of a full-circle rainbow. He writes: “For many years I reasoned that if a person was in an aircraft when there was a rainbow that it should be a full circle. So I wanted to see it with ... Read More!
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