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Aircraft colliding with cows

We have mentioned stories or incidents involving emus, dogs, rabbits, wild pigs, turtles, deer, a bull and even cat fish running, hopping or slithering across runways, but there have been several strange incidents involving cows which we noted earlier this year with General Aviation News mentioning yet another cow mishap. To recap the cow mishaps […]

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Things We No Longer See on Airplanes. Mental Floss has a list of things we no longer see on airplanes, such as table-side meat carving, stewardesses in hot pants, sleeping births and even pianos. Mental Floss noted that when President Jimmy Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act in 1978 and cost-effectiveness suddenly became a corporate […]

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Autopilot inexperience or an incorrect installation proves fatal?

General Aviation News will often reprint excerpts from US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident reports, including one dated March 2011 that involved a Cessna 310 with a new autopilot system in Smyrna, Tennessee, that proved fatal for the pilot. According to the accident investigation, the technician who performed the autopilot installation and troubleshooting work […]

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Lion Air’s Bali mishap brings attention to wind shear

Lion Air, an up and coming discount airline in Indonesia that’s banned along with a number of other Indonesian airlines from flying in the EU, just had a mishap in Bali which has brought attention to a deadly threat faced by every pilot: Wind shear from a sudden storm or squall. All 108 passengers and […]

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Pilot indecision and icing proves fatal

The Associated Press has reported the results of an National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident report which concluded that a pilot’s inability or reluctance to fly quickly enough out of icing condition led to the deaths of all five people aboard the aircraft (including the pilot’s wife and two children). The pilot of the single-engine […]

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Video: The 1952 Farnborough Air Show tragedy

We marked the anniversary of the 1952 Farnborough Air Show tragedy last September, but a YouTube user has just uploaded a short segment from a BBC documentary, Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies (which can also be viewed on YouTube in its entirety), about the accident which killed 29 spectators plus the two people onboard […]

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Was texting to blame for a helicopter crash?

The Associated Press is reporting that a medical helicopter ran out of fuel and crashed, killing four people, because the pilot was distracted by text messages. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still trying to determine the cause of the August 2011 crash near Mosby, Missouri, but it appears to be the first fatal […]

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Fast taxi leads to a wheel brake fire

General Aviation News will often reprint excerpts from US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident reports, including one dated June 2011 about a Cirrus SR22 having a wheel brake fire while taxing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to the pilot, ATC instructed him to taxi to the runway where he initiated a takeoff checklist. The pilot […]

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Two reasons a pilot should invest in an expensive pair of sun glasses

Flying and taxiing towards the sun can be a dangerous for pilots as two accident reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reprinted in General Aviation News illustrate. In the first accident report dated July 2010, a CFI was taxiing a Cessna 152 in Ephrata, Washington, to an active runway. After he taxied around […]

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