As of December 31, 2018, there were an estimated 32,831 active helicopter pilots in the U.S. The Robinson Helicopter Company has graduated almost that many pilots since the mid ’80s from its four-day Robinson Pilot Safety Course. So after passing my commercial helicopter add-on check ride—and propelled by a robust suggestion from my alma mater, Hillsboro more »
Across 1 Biggest aircraft in the world, ____ 10 6 Satellite triangulation network 8 1903-14 is known as the Pioneer ___ of aviation 10 de Havilland trainer, 2 words 11 Famous “Baron” of WWI 12 Soak up 13 Slop 15 Coded wx warning when the volcano more »
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its Preliminary Report on the June 21st, 2019 crash of a Beechcraft King Air on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in which 11 people died just after takeoff as the aircraft was departing for a skydiving flight. The NTSB’s report doesn’t name a probable cause for the accident, more »
In the “too good to be true” file goes this one. The Swiss jet demonstration team, Le Patrouille Suisse, accidentally flew over the wrong festival, and what kind of festival it was and what the team’s explanation for the “mistake” was has us wondering just how accidental it was. Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot more »
The “new” Learjet Liberty is a brand new plane, well, at least according to much of the hype surrounding its launch, but it’s not really new at all. A follow-on offering of the Learjet 75, which was certificated in 2013, the $9.9 million Liberty is not a different plane in terms of its type certificate more »
An airline pilot shares a memory of his grandfather, the person who inspired him to pursue a career in aviation.
Plane & Pilot’s round-up of gear and products for pilots and aviation enthusiasts include a drill-powered tow bar, a new model plane set, and socks that represent the SR-71 Blackbird. Click on the buttons below to read about all of it. Are you an aviation enthusiast or pilot? Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, more »
Sendai, Japan, is perched far up on the northeast corner of the country’s main island of Honshu. Its airport is well-known among resident pilots and delivery aviators as a popular nesting location for general aviation airplanes, even for owners living as far away as Tokyo or Osaka. Space is at a premium throughout the country, more »
A Beechcraft King Air 350i crashed on Sunday morning as it was taking off from Addison Airport just north of Dallas, killing the two pilots and all eight passengers onboard after it went out of control and smashed into a hangar. No one on the ground was killed or injured. The plane, which was operated more »
Once a year for a week in late July, the Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture Oshkosh hosts hundreds of pilots with one thought in mind: help them be more proficient. But in recent years, the driving force behind the Center, Joe Brown, who happens to be president of Hartzell, has been asking one question aloud. more »
Several influential state and federal-level lawmakers are pushing to ban “non-essential” flights over the city. Can they do that?
NOTE: The following reports republished here are from the NTSB and are printed verbatim and in their complete form. BEECH 35A33 Jacksonville, Alabama/Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious The airline transport pilot and his daughter were on the return leg of a cross-country flight in night, visual meteorological conditions. While in cruise flight, the pilot saw more »
The ancient and honorable art of slipping an aircraft to achieve a desired flight path is an excellent tool to keep in one’s kit-bag of aviation tricks. Once employed regularly to adjust a landing approach, slipping has become an infrequently used maneuver, chiefly because modern airplanes have been fitted with effective wing flaps that can more »
Learning to ‘fly’ required imagination—and a very special piece of playground equipment.
Soon after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, the theorizing about what had happened began. Even the craziest of the theories is remotely plausible, but that doesn’t make it right. Here are the popular theories and why they’re all wrong, except for one. Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, reviews and much more »
The Beech King Air that crashed last week, has begun to generate some back and forth between the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration about the FAA’s oversight of the segment. The crash, which occurred on the perimeter of the airport grounds at Dillingham in Oahu, Hawaii, killed 11, including the pilot more »
Are passengers really something that presents a risk to safe flight? In some cases, they do exactly that. But passengers are risks that can be mitigated. It may even make our flights not only safer but more enjoyable. Let’s look at some of the risks that passengers really pose. Are you an aviation enthusiast or more »
The best fly-in in the world marks a major milestone with a special event filled with remarkable attractions.