Dead Stick Landing: From the Files of Tony Diamond, PI by William Snead (3 star ratings)
Do or Die Deadstick (1946 Aeronca Champ)
Basic explanation of airplane aerodynamic principles. Flight School. Instructor should test fly and trim airplane prior to allowing student any access to airplane. The use of a buddy cord is highly recommended. Instructor should ensure that the student become proficient in the following areas:.
However, the report makes clear that such heroics would not have been needed had the pilots shut down the right-side engine where the fuel was leaking or had not pumped tonnes of fuel from the undamaged left wing into the right-wing tanks, from where it was poured overboard at more than three kilograms a second. Instead, "opening the crossfeed valve put the fuel in the left tank at risk, and initiated a worsening of the serious fuel-leak situation. Instead, the crew believed they were dealing with a computer malfunction. Details of the flight-crew conversations were lost to investigators because the pilots inadvertently recorded over the minute cockpit voice tape after the landing. Investigators established that fuel began leaking from the twin-engined, wide-bodied jet more than an hour before the pilots noticed anything amiss.
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January 15, in News 11 comments. From FlightAware :.
I regularly teach glider pilots how to get the airplane on the ground safely. The secret to getting that glider into the field is to use the same, consistent pattern every time. This consistency helps establish an awareness of appropriate glide angles and can be used at the home field or in the event of an off-field landing. Off-field landings are not uncommon in the glider world and are routinely done without any incidents. The same technique is also the secret to successful emergency landings for power planes.
The winter of was typical for New England: cold, snowy, icy… miserable. This was our last week at the Navy training base at Groton, Connecticut, after which our unit was heading west to rendezvous with the USS Lexington , the recently-repaired aircraft carrier that was to be our new home. Our last Saturday at Groton was also a training day. I was scheduled for an early morning aircraft recognition class, and was to then fly an F6F Hellcat gunnery training flight in our target-towing area southeast of Long Island. The aircraft recognition class ran late, though, so I arrived at the flight line just as the other five Hellcats in our six-ship flight were taking off. This was not a surprise, as many of our training airplanes were battle-weary Hellcats that had just returned from the fleet. I prepared the substitute Hellcat for flight, and was soon airborne in pursuit of the others.