Fixed is the new retractable. “Landing gears are made retractable in all modern high-speed airplanes. The drag of fixed ‘under-carriages’ used in old-type, and still in small and slow airplanes, is avoided in this manner.” Thus wrote Sighard Hoerner, the great compiler of drag data, in 1951. ONE OF THE
Things aren’t always what they seem. One of the pleasures of this job is hearing from readers. Some write to correct my errors or to note my omissions. Some are hostile, though the population recommending my immediate consignment to the infernal fires has for some reason dwindled in recent years.
You may have noticed, if you follow the adverts in American aviation magazines, a sudden multiplication of the number and variety of angle of attack (AoA) indicators on offer for smaller general aviation aircraft. THIS BURST OF ACTIVITY was triggered by a new FAA policy allowing AoA instrumentation to be
The pilot, who was also the owner of the aircraft, took off from runway 29 at Wonderboom on a private acceptance flight following maintenance. The flight was conducted under visual meteorological conditions (VMC). Shortly after rotation, he experienced an engine failure and conducted a forced landing on an open area
This report is to promote aviation safety and not to establish legal liability. Unless stated otherwise all times are local (Bravo time) The CAA’s report contains padding, repetition, poor English and incompetence. So, in the interest of clarity and readability, I have had to correct and paraphrase extensively. Aircraft Registration:
(FLIGHT TEST) – The Guimbal Cabri G2 has developed a large and loyal band of followers across Africa. Many of these were students who learned to fly this endearing and very competent helicopter with Starlite Flight Training in Mossel Bay. HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT The French might make quirky cars, but
BREAKING NEWS! Starlite Training Academy are once again increasing their training fleet with another Sling. Their 7th Sling 2 has already arrived at the Durban Academy on the Friday 12th March. This stylish aircraft sporting a bright new colour pallet, made her grand entrance into Virginia Airport with many students