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Plane & Pilot May 2021

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6 min.
terrafugia’s ‘flying car’ versus reality. reality wins.

I’ll get this out of the way: The whole idea of a flying car is really dumb. I don’t say that because I’m some kind of Luddite. The opposite is true. I’m a longtime champion of new ideas and innovative aviation technologies. Here’s why I believe the very concept of a flying car is, at its very core, fatally flawed—and why there hasn’t been one for 70 years, and that one was a flop, largely because nobody wanted to buy it. It’s not a quirk of the marketplace. It’s because the very concept is unworkable, and the end product would be, if not a nightmare, then at least a near-useless conveyance, and pilots know it. I get it. The appeal to the mass market is obvious. “Jetsons” and space-themed visions of a…

1 min.

Near-Midair Collisions Reported Each Year: Approximately 200 Actual Collisions: Between 15 and 25 Fatal: 70% Distance From Airport Most Occur: Within 5 miles Average Altitude: Less than 1,000 feet Typical Meteorological Conditions: VFC Most Common Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends Percent Occurring Within Traffic Pattern: Around half During Takeoff/Climb: 10% At Non-Towered Airports: 78% Cases Involving No Radio Communication: About half Cases Involving A CFI: 37% Average Experience Of Pilots Involved: 5,000 flight hours Common Scenario: Low-wing converging on high-wing Less-Common: Formation flying, air-to-air photography Collision Avoidance Technique Pushed By FAA: “See and avoid” Critical Aspect: Traffic scanning Also Known As: Keeping head on a swivel Recommended Method: Block system scanning # of Blocks To Divide The Sky: 9-12 Size For Each Block: 10-15° horizontally, 10° vertically Minimum Area To Scan Around Intended Flight Path: 60° side-to-side, 10° up/down Average Seconds Needed For An Effective Scan: 20 Technology Designed To Prevent Mid-Airs: Traffic Collision…

5 min.
flight 739 constellation disappearance

MYSTERY Two identical aircraft in the Flying Tiger Flight Line fleet suffered tragic fates, with one crashing and the other vanishing after departing the same airport on the same day. Coincidence or conspiracy? BACKGROUND On March 14, 1962, Flying Tiger Flight 739 (N6921C) departed Travis Air Force Base at 05:45 GMT for Clark Air Force Base. On board the Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation were 11 crew members, three South Vietnamese soldiers and 93 highly trained Army Ranger specialists. According to the military, the men were under orders to relieve soldiers in Saigon tasked with training Vietnamese troops to fight the Viet Cong guerillas. As such, the flight was operated by the Military Air Transport Service (MATS). A few stopovers were made along the route—one in Honolulu, one in Wake Island, and a final…

6 min.
news of note

NTSB REPORT UNDERSCORES THE OBVIOUS IN KOBE BRYANT CRASH The pilot of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing former basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others, was likely spatially disoriented after flying into clouds. That was the conclusion of NTSB investigators, who presented their findings in a mid-February public hearing. The presentation seemed pointed to that specific pilot error as the probable cause for the crash of the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter, operated by Island Express Helicopters, that slammed into rising terrain in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26, 2020. The meeting also gave some insight into the NTSB’s suggestions for changes to regulations that cover helicopter flight, especially charter flights. Every indication was that the pilot was aware of his position relative to the terrain but had limited visual contact with the…

1 min.
cross check

ACROSS 1 Makers of the A5 amphibious airplane 3 First Flyer flyer 7 An “S’ turn 9 Pilotless fliers 11 What pilots try to mitigate 13 Gained altitude 15 Hardwood tree 16 Lighting system on a non-precision runway, abbr. 18 Gravity is a powerful one 20 Engine lubricant 22 Climb angle’s counterpart 23 There are more than 900 of these weather stations around the US 24 Sensor generated weather report type 25 Word after “cock” and before "stop” 27 Word before “port” and “display” 30 Airplane speaker system, briefly 31 Lobbying arm for starter airlines 32 First letters in most planes from Vero Beach 34 What aviation types comes down on (abbr.) 35 Company that makes a popular simulator and Windows DOWN 1 It’s used in landings in low visibility conditions, abbr. 2 Flying through the localizer, for instance 3 ___ Aviation, former owner of Eclipse 4 VFR’s counterpart 5 He was Lucky to some 6 Pre-owned 8…

5 min.
practice for inflight emergencies like a pro

Commercial and military pilots practice for inflight emergencies on a regular and frequent basis. The value of this training is threefold. First, it reinforces the procedures to be followed to ensure the pilot’s focus is in the right place. Second, it expands the pilot’s systems knowledge, which helps provide confidence during emergencies that do not neatly fit into the situations published in the emergency procedures. And finally, sitting in a Flight Training Device or cockpit, touching the actual switches, and seeing the indications provides real comfort as the pilot retraces previously learned emergency procedure steps with the aid of muscle memory. Most pilots have heard of the “blindfold cockpit check,” and this kind of emergency procedure training is a logical next step. So, let’s consider ways to increase our knowledge,…