Stability, Steep Turns  & Spirals

Stability, Steep Turns & Spirals

The recent, fatal crash of a vintage military trainer provides valuable lessons for pilots of twin and turbine airplanes as well. The NTSB reports: …a North American SNJ-5 airplane impacted terrain following a loss of control during initial climb after takeoff from runway 13R at Kingsville Naval Air Station (NQI), Kingsville, Texas. The pilot and Read More

Are You Good Enough to Fly into Oshkosh?

Are You Good Enough to Fly into Oshkosh?

(Lead Photo Courtesy of PAUL BOWEN PHOTOGRAPHY) Flying into Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) for EAA AirVenture is an amazing experience. But it’s one that requires special expertise, and for you to be at the very top of your game. Come to think of it, we need to be at our very best every time Read More

On a Swivel

On a Swivel

Recently, two aboard a Cessna 150 died when the trainer collided with a Cessna 525 Citation jet on the runway at Marion Municipal Airport in Marion, Indiana. The C150 was attempting to take off to the southeast on Runway 15 when it struck the tail of the Citation, which had just landed from the north Read More

Completing the Circle

Completing the Circle

An Accident Analysis & What We Can Learn From It. The May 2017 crash of a Learjet 35 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport has much to teach us regardless of what we fly. The National Transportation Safety Board reports:   The IFR flight plan to TEB planned a 28-minute flight at Flight Level 270. After Read More

Avoiding Fuel Trouble

Avoiding Fuel Trouble

“Almost half of pilots involved in fuel management accidents hold either a Commercial or Air Transport Pilot certificate.” From an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report: The pilot of a Beech Baron 58 aircraft contacted a refueler and requested 400 liters (about 105 U.S. gallons) of fuel be added to the aircraft. The refueller provided 200 liters of fuel, however Read More