NTSB issue mid-air avoidance advice
Nov16

NTSB issue mid-air avoidance advice

The US National Transportation Safety Board has issued a ‘Safety Alert’ to pilots with suggestions on what they can do to reduce their chances of being involved in a mid-air collision. To illustrate the limitations of the ‘see and avoid’ concept of aircraft separation, the NTSB has created a series of animations depicting the pilots’ visual field of view from each of the four aircraft involved in two mid-air collisions that were...

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ATC SUSPENDING OPERATIONS
Nov01

ATC SUSPENDING OPERATIONS

Report Text: I was engaged on an instructional cross country flight with a TAF at my destination [in Class D airspace] of: ‘EG** 2112/2118 21013KT 9999 FEW012 TEMPO 21122118 21018G30KT 6000 RA BKN008’. The flight went very well and the student learnt a great deal due to the strength of the wind and commented on the high ground speed and the need to keep ahead of the navigation. He carried out all radio calls and handled the aircraft...

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“I Forgot…” Memory can be a subtle phenomenon, but one which pilots must learn to manage.
Oct22

“I Forgot…” Memory can be a subtle phenomenon, but one which pilots must learn to manage.

The instruction from ATC was succinct: “Cleared for the ILS approach runway 21, report when established”. It was met with a crisp acknowledgement from my student, Tim. He banked to the left and rolled out on a suitable heading, aiming to intercept the localiser – the narrow radio beam on the Instrument Landing System which would guide us directly to the runway. Vision outside was largely obscured by an enveloping shroud of...

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Instructor Pulls Off Forced Landing Onto Busy Motorway
Oct12

Instructor Pulls Off Forced Landing Onto Busy Motorway

An instructor with two students on board made an emergency landing on the busy A8 autoroute in the south of France after reportedly experiencing engine failure. The aircraft, a Robin DR400 operated by Aeroclub Du Soleil, appears to have been undamaged in the forced landing, which appears to have taken place on the east-bound carriageway of the road between the towns of Brignoles and Le Luc. Local media reports appear to show the...

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Dynamic rollover
Aug22

Dynamic rollover

Every so often the accident reports include an account of a helicopter that crashed before it had even taken off. Usually what happened was that the pilot started up the machine, did all the necessary checks and prepared to depart, and then began to lift the helicopter into a hover as usual. But in this instance the helicopter didn’t raise itself into a hover; instead, it suddenly and for no apparent reason turned over on to its side....

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Lowering full flap during go-around led to stall/spin
Aug22

Lowering full flap during go-around led to stall/spin

The student pilot began flying in June and first flew solo in mid-August after 22 hours of instruction. The student flew nine flights subsequently which included instruction in flying glide approaches. Before the accident flight, the student had flown 27 hours with an instructor and three hours solo. The pilot had been taught low speed handling, with and without flaps extended, earlier in the PPL syllabus as a prelude to being taught...

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