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December 2020

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4 min.
why were tomahawks crashing?

What was going on with the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk? Investigators wanted to know. It wasn’t first the time they had asked that question about an entire model line. And there were concerns about the Tomahawk. When a type of aircraft suffers a pattern of what could be design-related mishaps, the NTSB might recommend to the FAA that the regulatory agency do something about it. The NTSB, as you might know, doesn’t have regulatory powers, so if it sees a problem, which it so often does, it has to recommend to the FAA that it do something about it. Due to cost concerns or philosophical differences between the organizations, those recommendations don’t always get acted upon, but in the case of some aircraft, including the Mitsubishi Mu-2 turboprop twin and the Robinson…

1 min.
cross check

ACROSS 1 ____ AN-225 Mriya, by wingspan and length the biggest plane in the world 5 Communications with the tower 8 Earlier 9 Designer of the first Cub 13 Along with 35 Across, maker of Trojans and Sabres and Valkyries 14 Runways have two 15 The “L” in SEL 17 Nickname for the Douglas DC-3; goes with 27 across 20 High, wispy one 22 Includes as an accessory, 2 words 25 Owns 27 See 17 across 28 Word before “lock” and after “peak” 30 Only flying mammal 31 Develop 33 Lockheed Martin F-22 ____ 35 See 13 across 36 Naval rank, abbr. DOWN 1 Creative effort 2 Plaything 3 Midday 4 WX alert abbr. after an eruption 5 Plane for which you’d better not use “The” 6 Predecessor to GPS 7 Quiet! 10 Also called, abbr. 11 Popular replacement in wing leading edge 12 How one gets to the apt. 15 Maker of the C-130 Hercules 16 Word between “here” and…

1 min.
mooney welcomes new management

After a tumultuous year, new management has officially taken the helm at Mooney, promising a new direction as well as airplane changes for the storied manufacturer. It’s not totally new. This group of airplane owners and pilots, including CEO Jonny Pollack, have kept the plant open for the past six months, making parts for the 7,000 or so Mooneys in the existing fleet. On the company’s website, Pollack credited the accomplishment to the group of “dedicated workers and people of great integrity” working to keep the manufacturer afloat despite the pandemic and the uncertainty of the company’s future. Pollack added that there were changes in store, including modifications to the airplane itself. Among them, Pollack mentioned a useful load increase, both for new airplanes and potentially for existing Mooneys, as well as…

5 min.
what is your “bingo fuel?”

The No. 1 cause of general aviation aircraft landing on highways and farm fields, rather than the intended airport, is fuel mismanagement and exhaustion. When done well, this off-airport landing is often followed by the obligatory interview on the local news at 10, explaining why you landed on that highway just a wee bit short of the local airport! On the other hand, military and professional pilots, who often have significantly lower fuel-endurance margins to work with, have a much better record. We rarely, if ever, hear of a jet aircraft running out of fuel inflight. How do they do this? One answer is the military concept of “bingo fuel,” or personal fuel minimums. Simply put, military jet pilots calculate a fuel at which they will return to base for every…

4 min.
accident briefs

RANS S-12 Airaile Hillrose, Colorado/Injuries: 2 Serious The noncertificated pilot reported that, during a local flight, he noticed an area of smoke and fire near his property. The pilot descended the airplane to about 20 ft above ground level to see what was burning, which diverted his attention from flying. The pilot “immediately” pulled up to avoid power lines, but the airplane struck the lines. The airplane then impacted the ground and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. PROBABLE CAUSE(S): The noncertificated pilot’s diverted attention while looking at a fire during low-altitude flying, which resulted in a collision with power lines. Let L 23 Super…

12 min.
a (very early) day in the life of a med flight pilot

BE-BEEP…BE-BEEP… I’m on call for St. Patrick Hospital Life Flight. BE-BEEP…BE-BEEP…BE-BEEP… It’s 2 a.m. on a Friday in February of 2004. The King Air was preflighted at the start of my shift. I will need to evaluate any flight prior to our dispatch center confirming the flight with the requesting medical facility. The weather forecasts call for mostly IFR conditions across our service area. Most of the airports that we serve regularly were reporting marginal VFR conditions at 7 p.m. when my shift started. BE-BEEP…BE-BEEP…BE-BEEP…BE-BEEP… I sit up on the edge of the bed. My heart is racing from the abrupt awakening. I pick up the pager: FIXED WING TO SALMON Rebecca stirs beside me. “Where to?” “Salmon, Idaho.” “Be careful.” After a quick weather check, I call dispatch to accept the flight. That decision will be reviewed as circumstances…