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Loose fuel lines lead to accidents

General Aviation News will often reprint excerpts from US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident reports, including two accidents that involved loose fuel lines after maintenance work or an inspection. In the first accident report dated February 2010, a Piper Malibu Mirage suffered substantial damage in Nashville but luckily there were no injuries. According to […]

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Too much sun and not enough fuel proves fatal

General Aviation News will often reprint accident reports from the US’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), including a March 2010 report about an accident involving a Beech K35 Bonanza in Boulder City (Nevada) that proved fatal for the pilot. According to the investigation, the 45 year old pilot had about 300 hours in the Bonanza […]

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Does the price of avgas impact how much you fly?

Kent Misegades has written a blog post repeated by General Aviation News about an interesting article in EAA’s November 2011 issue of Sport Aviation (“My $.02 on $6 Avgas”) which had pointed out that the price of avgas might be less important than you think. In the article, author Mike Busch calculated the annual costs […]

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Do you know when your fuel selector valve is turned off?

General Aviation News will often reprint accident report excerpts from the US’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), including a February 2010 accident report about an incident involving a Beech Musketeer in Winter Haven (Florida) that led to two fatalities. Specifically, a private pilot had more than 468 hours but no flight time between November 22, […]

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Loose fuel cap cuts a flight short

General Aviation News will often reprint excerpts from US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident reports, including one from December 2009 that involved a Cessna 182 in Bowie (Texas) that led to substantial damage to the aircraft and one minor injury – all because of a loose fuel cap (Check out another fuel cap incident […]

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Do you know your aircraft’s unusable fuel amount?

General Aviation News often reprints US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident reports, including one from October 2009 that involved a Cessna 180 in Mitchell, Oregon, where the aircraft was severely damaged plus two people were injured.  According to the accident report, the pilot had acquired the aircraft several years before the accident. On the […]

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Fuel imbalance leads to a Beech crashing

General Aviation News will occasionally reprint excerpts or summaries of US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident reports – including this one from July 2009 about a Beech C35 crash in Weslaco, Texas that led to one death and one serious injury. According o the accident investigation, both the Beech C35’s left and right main […]

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How long can you safely store aircraft fuel?

Jerry Johnson recently wrote to General Aviation News to ask the following fuel safety question: Rotax indicates that octane ratings degrade rapidly and significantly with storage. If so, wouldn’t storage for a matter of weeks render the fuel dangerous to use in aircraft? Ben Visser, an aviation fuels expert who spent 33 years with Shell […]

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Failure to verify fuel leads to porta-potties crash

General Aviation News recently reprinted a May 2009 accident report from the USA’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In the Puyallup, Washington incident report, it was noted that the Cessna 182 involved had just undergone maintenance work which had included the replacement of fuel-sending units (requiring the draining of the fuel tanks). The pilot was […]

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