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Fri, Feb 03, 2023

Sporty's Kicks Off 'IFR Month'

Ride Along with Spencer Suderman for 4 Weeks of IFR Prep & Review

Sporty's is kicking off its IFR Month with a series of special events to get pilots comfy in the clouds. Throughout the month of February, Sporty’s will be embarking on a 4-week focus on the challenges and rewards of instrument flying. The month will see the release of a new YouTube series, interactive webinars, articles, live stream events, and contests.

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Fri, Feb 03, 2023

NTSB Final: Luscombe 8E

Pilot’s Loss Of Control (Was) Due To A Wind Gust During Landing

Analysis: The pilot reported that after a “normal” approach and landing, a “strong” wind gust “picked up the right wing.” The airplane entered a left skidding turn and departed the runway pavement. The right main landing gear collapsed in the grass area adjacent to the runway, and the airplane pitched up onto its nose before settling back onto the tail.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Smithsonian Recognizes Avidyne Glass Panel As A First

Certification Workhorse Added to Haas Exhibit as Landmark in Civilian Flight

Avidyne Corporation has been recognized for its work in advancing the state of avionics, with the placement of their Entegra Avionics in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Entegra was groundbreaking for its use in the SR22, being the "first single-engine piston aircraft certified with an all-glass-panel flight deck". The Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibit will sport a 2002 SR22 aircraft among its wares. The aircraft, number N266CD, was the first such glass panel aircraft to be certified by the FAA with a full PFD (Primary Flight Display) / MFD (Multi-Function Display) combination. 

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

NTSB Final Report: Piper PA-28-161

Pilot’s Controlled Flight Into The Ocean At Night

Analysis: While in cruise flight about 1,000 ft on a southbound heading over land in night visual meteorological conditions, the pilot requested flight following services and routing to the north “along the shoreline.” Air traffic control approved the request, issued the altimeter setting, and instructed the pilot to proceed offshore and “follow the shoreline northbound at or below 500 feet.” The pilot acknowledged the instructions and repeated the altimeter setting as the airplane began a descending left turn to the east.

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Wed, Feb 01, 2023

Government Contractor Adds Selma, Alabama Facility

All-Around Training, Maintenance, and Support Location at Craig Field

Resicum International announced the start of a new training academy in Selma, Alabama. Resicum's work involves the usual breadth of general aviation services, which will be carried on by its new facility, over the next decade. The company will provide flight training, maintenance, and support to government, commercial and general aviation customers. Current contracts include support for the AH-64E Apache, USDA survey missions, and a range of Part 145 repair services. 

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Wed, Feb 01, 2023

NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-32-301T

Accident Flight Was The First Flight After The Airplane Had Undergone Maintenance

On January 16, 2023, about 1242 central standard time, a Piper PA-32-301T, N8266D, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Kingfisher, Oklahoma. The pilot and certificated flight instructor were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)Part 91 instructional flight. According to witnesses, the airplane was seen trailing black smoke before it rolled over and dove into the ground. A witness provided cell phone video confirmed the presence of the black smoke and an explosion after impact.

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Tue, Jan 31, 2023

Skydiving Museum Seeks Assistants to Dig Through Archives

'Operation Packrat' Offers Chance to Crack Open Historic Crates With Your Own Two Hands

The Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is seeking assistance with its 2nd Operation Packrat, running from April 4—7, 2023 at Sun Path Products, in Raeford, North Carolina. The Museum’s Curations Committee is looking for help in identifying, tagging, and storing hundreds of units of assorted parachute equipment, documents, film media and instruments that have been acquired over the last 4 decades of operation.

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Tue, Jan 31, 2023

NTSB Prelim: Eclipse Aerospace Inc EA500

When The Pilot Applied Brake Pressure The Airplane Did Not Appear To Significantly Decelerate And Started To Drift To The Left

On November 3, 2022, about 1915 mountain standard time, an Eclipse Aerospace EA500, N150NE, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Mesa, Arizona. The pilot and co-pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 post-maintence positioning flight. Both pilots reported that after an uneventful flight, they began configuring the airplane for the landing approach into the 5,100 ft-long 22L runway at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ).

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Mon, Jan 30, 2023

Classic Aero-TV: Jabiru's New J170-D - An Upgraded and Fine-tuned LSA

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The Airplane From Down Under Is A Proven Trainer…

Jabiru was one of the early light sport aircraft (LSA) brought into the U.S.A. when the sport pilot rules were initiated in 2004. They have long been popular for pilot training in Australia, and while at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase 2016, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, found out more about a new model of Jabiru trainer that has been recently introduced to the U.S. Tom met up with Pete Krotje, who is the president of Jabiru North America which is located in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Krotje says the new Jabiru model is referred to as the J170-D and is a highly upgraded version of the original J170. 

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Mon, Jan 30, 2023

NTSB Prelim: Embraer Executive Aircraft Inc EMB-505

(Airplane) Appeared To “Pull Up Steep,” Roll To The Left, And The Left Wing Impacted The Ground

On January 2, 2023, about 1135 mountain standard time, an Embraer EMB-505, N555NR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Provo Municipal Airport, Provo, Utah. The pilot sustained fatal injuries, two passengers sustained serious injuries, and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness who was removing snow from the ramp area reported that the accident airplane was hangared near his location, and that the airplane remained hangared until 1055.

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