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Tue, Jun 25, 2024

NTSB Final Report: American Legend Aircraft Co AL11

Upon Exiting The Runway, The Airplane Struck A Runway Distance Remaining Sign

Analysis: The piloted reported while practicing takeoffs and landings, on her third approach to land, the air traffic control tower reported an 8-knot crosswind. During touchdown, she reported that the airplane bounced several times and subsequently during the landing roll, the wind shifted, and the airplane pulled to the left. The pilot attempted to maintain directional control, but the airplane continued its path to the left and departed the runway into the grass. Upon exiting the runway, the airplane struck a runway distance remaining sign, which substantially damaged the left wing and collapsed the left main landing gear.

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

NTSB Final Report: Blue Side Up Inc Comp Air 8 SS52

The Pilot Of The Airplane Declared Minimum Fuel With Air Traffic Control (ATC)

Analysis: The pilot and passenger departed on a cross-country flight. Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the airplane flew at a cruise altitude between 11,000 ft and 13,000 ft mean sea level (msl) on a north to northeast heading consistent with its planned destination for most of the flight. About 30 minutes before the end of the flight, the airplane began a descent and then turned east. Shortly thereafter, the pilot of the airplane declared minimum fuel with air traffic control (ATC). A few minutes later the pilot declared critical fuel due to a fuel leak.

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Sun, Jun 23, 2024

Members of Lakeland Aero Club to Compete in Junior Gliding Championships

13th FAI Competition Will be Hosted in Ostrow, Poland

Five members of the Lakeland Aero Club will travel to Ostrow, Poland to compete in the Junior World Gliding Championships. The event is sanctioned by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Air Sports Federation and will be held from July 13th through 27th. The team’s glider pilot will be Steven Tellman and his support crew will consist of Qwest Hipps, Dallas Hurd, Kenneth Turbeville, and Matthew Turbeville. Tellman is the youngest glider pilot in the history of American competitors and to qualify, he was required to compete in regional contests and earn badges. 

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Sun, Jun 23, 2024

Decades of ANN Coverage: Fond Memories Of The Soul Of Oshkosh 2009

From Oshkosh 2009 -- A Morning Walk To Soak In AirVenture's Magic

By Robbie Culver The grass in the Red lot is still soaked, sun streaming across the North 40 reflecting on row upon endless row of wings. A beautiful sight as I begin the slow, easy trek across the AirVenture grounds to Aero-News headquarters by the control tower. The gate guard by the road to the warbirds area greets me with a raised mug of coffee, and we banter back and forth as I amble by, in no particular hurry to get to anyplace in particular for any reason at all.

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Sun, Jun 23, 2024

NTSB Prelim: Frost Dean C Rans S-12XL Airaile

Airplane Was Flying Close To The North Side Of The Peak And Subsequently Impacted The Ground About 81 Ft Below The Peak

On June 8, 2024, about 0721 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Rans S12XL Airaile, N518D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Picacho Peak, Arizona. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to witnesses, the morning of the accident, the pilot departed La Cholla Airpark, Tucson, Arizona, about 0700 and flew northwest about 22 nm to the area of Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona.

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Sun, Jun 23, 2024

Classic Aero-TV: Composite-FX Sets Elevates the Personal Helicopter Market

From 2023 (YouTube Version): The Mosquito Evolves

Formerly known as Mosquito, Trenton, Florida-based Composite FX is a designer and manufacturer of personal kit and factory-finished helicopters. The company’s offerings comprise three piston-engined models and a single jet-powered machine. The agile XE and the float-equipped XEL both make use of the 63-horsepower, two-cylinder, two-stroke, fan-air-cooled, carbureted, MZ202-powerplant. The larger XE-290 model is powered by the ninety-horsepower, two-cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, CFX-800 engine. Finally, the flagship XET is motivated by a 95-horsepower, radial-inflow, T62-T2A1 Solar Turbine engine.

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Mon, Jun 17, 2024

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2024 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

Oshkosh, to us, seems the perfect place to get started on watching aviation recover the past couple of years... and so ANN is putting EXTRA effort and resources into our coverage of Oshkosh 2024... just a little over 70 days hence. We are now undertaking the process to seek talented stringers to help us present Oshkosh and the sport and general aviation community to the world around us. If you ever thought about joining us, this is THE year to do it. IF YOU want to be a part of this unique adventure, speak up NOW, rather than later, because we're going to be looking for the best volunteer folks we can find and are planning to do so ASAP. You've been warned (grin)....

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