According to a search of NTSB data, in 2010, there were only four general aviation fixed-wing accidents investigated that involved in-flight engine compartment fires.
I was tired. No, beyond tired. I was fairly well-whipped. There are no legal limits imposed on flight hours associated with ferry flying, and stupidly.
We’re skimming low over the Atlantic Ocean, some 80 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale. Below us is a giant marble—brilliant glass with swirls of every shade of blue and green you can imagine, and flattened so it stretches as far as the eye can see.
The benchmarks of speed in general aviation have traditionally been easy to define.
Among pilots, hope isn’t the only thing that springs eternal; it’s the next plane.
The green fields, most looking as if you could land a 747 on them, stretched off into the distance, where they became low, gently rolling hills.
Most pilots know what it feels like when an airplane is wing heavy because there’s more fuel on one side than the other.
Imagine this: You make a two-point landing…or a four-point!
Yeah, I know: It’s officially AirVenture. But to a lot of folks, the name just hasn’t clicked.
The success of the long-running Cheers TV show, I’m convinced, came in no small part from the seductive lines in that great theme song that so well captured the spirit of the show.
The NTSB says cockpit recorders might have helped shed better light on exactly what happened in the accident in which former U.S.
Single-engine turboprops are a relatively recent development in general aviation.
Economies rise and fall like ocean waves. Headlines blare about this debt crisis and that stock market selloff, and through it all we keep on keeping on: That’s what humans do.
As my aerial host Mike Hansen climbs us through 2,500 feet to top the afternoon bumps, I’m already feeling settled in with my guest chariot, the FK9 ELA Executive.
Yes, I know. There aren’t many of those procedures in use, and even when they’re available, controllers are more likely to issue a circle-to-land clearance on the standard localizer/ILS.
Oil is to an aviation piston engine what blood is to the human body: a crucial element in keeping it alive.
From two miles up, big water looks pretty much the same all over the world.
Not too long ago, I was looking forward to an hour or so of poking holes in the sky in a Piper Cherokee 180.