Spin

February 1, 2007 - 10:33am

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is joining Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla., in a safety study of spin-training experience by flight instructors. The FAA does not require spin training except for flight instructors, but the “quality and depth of that training can vary widely,” said NAFI executive director Rusty Sachs.

January 31, 2007 - 10:42am

Bell 206B JetRanger, Gentry, Ark., Feb. 21, 2005–An Air Evac Lifeteam JetRanger crashed shortly after takeoff while transporting a patient to a hospital in Springdale, Ark. The helicopter was substantially damaged, the patient was killed and the three crewmembers were seriously injured. The sky was clear and visibility was 10 miles.

January 29, 2007 - 10:54am

HAWKER 700A, BEAUMONT, TEXAS, SEPT. 20, 2003–An instructor was preparing two pilots for their Part 135 competency and proficiency checks, doing stalls in a practice area near Southeast Texas Regional Airport, when the Hawker went into a spin and crashed. The NTSB blamed the flying pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control and adequate airspeed.

December 18, 2006 - 12:19pm

Honda engineers built a non-motion simulator–the Honda Nonlinear Aerodynamics Flight Simulator–for test-pilot training and to evaluate the flight characteristics of the jet’s configuration. Tests conducted on the simulator include deep stall, spin, one-engine-out and deployment of the dynamic spin chute.

November 7, 2006 - 5:41am

A sage old pilot once neatly captured the purpose of business aviation: “People buy airplanes because they want to go places…fast.”

November 2, 2006 - 7:18am

Pilatus PC-12, Bellefonte, Pa., March 26, 2005–A PC-12 carrying six people crashed at about 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on an ILS approach to Runway 24 at University Park Airport (UNV), State College. The pilot, Jeffrey Jacober, and his five passengers were killed and the aircraft was destroyed. The occupants had departed from Naples, Fla., at 9:53 a.m., to attend a lacrosse game at Penn State.

October 20, 2006 - 8:40am

Beyond the merriment that the very light jet is coming to market, the insurance industry is preparing to drop the curtain in the final act.

October 20, 2006 - 8:07am

It’s an unusual fact that, unlike just about any other marketable items, very light jets (VLJs), alcohol and tobacco share one unique characteristic. Even if you have the money, the seller can refuse to sell them to you if you’re not qualified. What’s more, those qualifications are all based on time, measured in years for would-be drinkers and smokers, and in left-seat hours for would-be VLJ pilots. Of course, this is as it should be.

October 12, 2006 - 11:17am

It’s an unusual fact that, unlike just about any other marketable items, very light jets (VLJs), alcohol and tobacco share one unique characteristic. Even if you have the money, the seller can refuse to sell them to you if you’re not qualified. What’s more, those qualifications are all based on time, measured in years for would-be drinkers and smokers, and in left-seat hours for would-be VLJ pilots. Of course, this is as it should be.

October 10, 2006 - 10:03am

Cessna 441 Conquest, Vestavia Hills, Ala., Dec. 10, 2003–On an IFR flight from Birmingham, Ala., to Venice, Fla., Conquest N441W reached 6,300 feet in its climb to 10,000 feet when it began to lose altitude and deviate from course. Declaring a Mayday, the pilot reported the airplane was in a spin. Several witnesses near the accident site reported seeing the airplane descend from the clouds in a nose-down spiral.

 
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