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Airplane takes off, crashes without pilot at Canada airport
No one was injured in a plane crash at a Saskatchewan, Canada, airport — largely because nobody was in the plane when it left the ground or landed.
Nipawin RCMP responded to the town's airport shortly before 6 p.m. Following their initial investigation, police believe the pilot attempted to hand-prop the small two-seat plane.
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Solo pilots still a reality for small-plane travel
The Globe and Mail
According to author Gary Mason: Frequently, I fly between Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, aboard a commercial float plane. It's almost always a staggeringly beautiful flight.
It's common for the pilot — the lone pilot — to invite a passenger to come up and sit beside him in the cockpit. I've done it often and can tell you it's quite the joyride, particularly during takeoffs and landings. But as often as I've marvelled at the wondrous surroundings below me, and gotten a charge out of watching the pilot in action, something else has frequently crossed my mind: What if this guy has a heart attack?
Extreme flying: How modern fliers are busting limits
"This whole thing of 'The sky is the limit' — it's not," says professional aerobatic pilot Rob Holland. "The sky is just a playground." Nothing could be closer to the truth when it comes to people who engage in extreme flying adventures. Whether they fly powered or nonpowered aircraft, these individuals are pushing the boundaries of what can be done in three dimensions. Some of these fliers have come up with revolutionary maneuvers in various types of flying machines.
Tragedy in the Alps vs. Sleep Apnea
According to author Paul Bertorelli: In the wake of the recent troubling indications that a trained First Officer intentionally crashed an Airbus A320 in the French Alps, I couldn't help but wonder if passengers boarding airliners are suddenly giving the crews the fisheye. Truthfully, I can't really say I wouldn't, but I'm no more worried about a repeat of Germanwings 9525 than I am a meteor slamming into the kitchen.
I actually have a larger concern for the families of the victims.
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A checklist for pilots approaching the flight physical
By Robert J. Gordon, DO, Senior AME
Reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News
Pilots, your aviation medical examiner (AME) wants you to pass your medical exam. We know how important that continuing to fly is to you because most of us are pilots too. If you have problems, your AME, the FAA, and your personal physician will work with you to resolve them. We want you to be happy pilots and to leave our office with your medical certificate in hand. With that in mind, here is a checklist to follow during your approach to landing in our office. If you follow it, taking off again will be a piece of cake.
IFA pilot quiz — Aviation heritage
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Test your knowledge of aviation's heritage. Aircraft companies and the people prominent in development of aviation over the years are featured in the questions below.
1. What aircraft company manufactured an early DC-6?
2. In the name Piper J3, what does the J stand for?
a. Walter Jamauneau, Piper designer
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Sequence of design evolution (A,B,C, etc)
c. From appendix J in FAA regulations
Accident report - Airspeed not maintained listed as one cause in fatal accident - Piper PA 46-310P
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About 1420 Central Standard Time, a Piper PA-46-310P crashed while circling to land at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Destin, Florida, while on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an IFR flight plan was filed. The airplane was substantially damaged and the private-rated pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The flight originated about 1248 Eastern Standard Time from the Naples Municipal Airport, Naples, Florida.
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Most casual discussions of hand-propping begin and end with the admonition "Don't." That's not bad advice, except when there's no other way to start the engine. In fact, hand-propping is a time-honored practice, dating to the beginning of heavier-than-air flight. That it's still employed says as much about the legacy of aviation as it does our ability to manage risk.
Of course, hand-propping may not be for you. In which case, you need to get either a fully charged battery or a different airplane.
Poker Run celebrates spring
General Aviation News
Bryan Janisch, line manager at Crystal Air, the FBO at Cleveland Regional Jetport near Chattanooga, Tennessee, wanted to celebrate spring and fill his ramp with piston planes.
With numerous fly-in breakfasts already on the calendar in the area, he decided on a hot dog lunch following the first-ever Southeast Tennessee Poker Run.
With landings at five regional airports to collect cards, the event attracted 21 airplanes and 39 people, who each paid $10 to enter.
Many international pilots train at Arizona flight schools
Experts say it's not surprising the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed into the French Alps earlier, trained in Arizona.
Many organizations, including Lufthansa, the parent company of GermanWings, send their pilots here, said Jim Tilmon, an aviation analyst and former commercial pilot who lives in Arizona part time.
"Arizona is the perfect place for aviation training," Tilmon said.
Just Aircraft launches stretched SuperSTOL
Just Aircraft has introduced a stretched version of the light-sport SuperSTOL that adds an extra two feet to the taildragger's aft section and an extra six inches up front. The changes allow the SuperSTOL Stretch XL to accommodate bigger engines, such as the UL Power 520 series and Lycoming O-320 engine putting out 160 hp.
Landing an aircraft in bad weather ultimately up to pilot
The Canadian Press via CTV News
Pilots make the final call on whether it's safe to land a plane in bad weather, such as the conditions that prevailed early when an Air Canada passenger jet crashed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, airport, aviation industry experts say.
Air Canada was adamant that the conditions were safe for the AC624 to land. Accident investigators later said it was too early to know if the weather played a role in the crash.
Pilots make a decision based on the information relayed to them by the tower, which includes runway conditions and other factors — most importantly, whether the pilot can see the runway.
California city council to remove tie downs, implement short term leases
Lease terms at California's Santa Monica Airport were at the center of discussion during a contentious Santa Monica City Council meeting recently — a topic that drew large crowds of airport supporters and opponents alike.
About 125 people signed up to speak at the meeting and, as is often the case when airport business is on the agenda, there were about as many passionate voices on each side. With so many speakers, the meeting did not adjourn until after midnight; however, the councilmembers did come to an agreement.
Rust never sleeps
Over the years whenever I've had a chance to talk to folks who worked at Beech and Cessna and the other aircraft companies, I always asked them what time frame they designed these single-engine planes and light twins for. Of course they always tend to not want to be specific, probably since they didn't really know, but I'm sure it was not for even half the number of years and hours the typical GA fleet plane has on it now.
They probably designed then more for hours than years, when gas was cheap and people did lots of flying.
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