Aerodynamics

February 28, 2008 - 6:50am

Piper PA-46 Meridian, San Antonio, Jan. 18, 2008–The instrument-rated pilot of the Meridian was killed and the aircraft destroyed when the pilot lost control on an instrument approach in IMC to San Antonio International Airport. The pilot reported that he was having trouble performing a “coupled” approach and that he was trying to “get control” of the airplane before the flight disappeared from radar.

February 8, 2008 - 11:01am

Aero Commander 690A, Antlers, Okla., Oct. 15, 2006–The NTSB blamed the
in-flight breakup of the experimental Aero Commander on the pilot’s failure to reduce airspeed in moderate turbulence. Contributing factors were his decision to exceed the maximum takeoff weight, and the prevailing turbulence.

February 8, 2008 - 11:01am

Aero Commander 690A, Antlers, Okla., Oct. 15, 2006–The NTSB blamed the
in-flight breakup of the experimental Aero Commander on the pilot’s failure to reduce airspeed in moderate turbulence. Contributing factors were his decision to exceed the maximum takeoff weight, and the prevailing turbulence.

February 8, 2008 - 4:40am

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) last month issued a sweeping recommendation that the EASA, FAA, Transport Canada and other aviation agencies amend requirements for the design and installation of electronic components in aircraft so that fluid and moisture contamination, as a source of common cause failures, is specifically taken into account.

February 8, 2008 - 4:40am

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) last month issued a sweeping recommendation that the EASA, FAA, Transport Canada and other aviation agencies amend requirements for the design and installation of electronic components in aircraft so that fluid and moisture contamination, as a source of common cause failures, is specifically taken into account.

January 22, 2008 - 5:11am

Is it a low-flying airplane or a high-flying boat? You won’t be seeing one of these flying over the Kansas prairie, but if you need to travel over the high seas in the future, you may end up in one of Flightship Ground Effect’s wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) craft.

January 22, 2008 - 5:11am

Is it a low-flying airplane or a high-flying boat? You won’t be seeing one of these flying over the Kansas prairie, but if you need to travel over the high seas in the future, you may end up in one of Flightship Ground Effect’s wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) craft.

January 11, 2008 - 6:32am

Owners of some 360 U.S.-registered Mitsubishi MU-2Bs won’t be required to install newly designed flap torque-tube joints, as proposed last September. Operators have been required to perform repetitive inspections of the joints under an AD issued in 1988, and the FAA found that there have been no service difficulty reports indicating cracks in joints for current design parts since that directive.

January 10, 2008 - 4:55am

AERO COMMANDER 500B, RAYVILLE, LA., NOV. 1, 2002–At 11:30 a.m. the 1960 Aero Commander was destroyed when it crashed while maneuvering near Rayville. N1HV was owned and operated by the airline transport-rated pilot who was killed in the accident along with two pilot-rated passengers. It departed the Monroe Regional Airport (MLU), Monroe, La., at 11:09 a.m. for a local flight to demonstrate the airplane to a prospective buyer.

January 8, 2008 - 6:00am

Future transport aircraft will have to meet a revised reference stall speed. Effective with type certificate applications filed after December 26, the reference stall speed is redefined as a speed not less than the 1g stall speed instead of the minimum speed obtained in a stalling maneuver.

 
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