216 Learjet Crash update, PIREPS made simple with Virga App + GA News

216 Learjet Crash update, PIREPS made simple with Virga App + GA News

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216 Max discusses the San Diego Learjet crash and how Garmin and ForeFlight Visual Approaches could have been used by the pilots for better situation awareness. He also talks with Matt Lane about using the Virga App to enter PIREPS with the Aviation Weather Center. A listener talks about his experience with flash evaporation, which prevented anti-icing fluid from covering his wings.

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ForeFlight Video: Visual Approaches And Traffic Pattern Altitude
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214 San Diego Learjet Crash – Interview with Rob Mark

214 San Diego Learjet Crash – Interview with Rob Mark

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214 Max talks with Rob Mark about the San Diego Learjet Crash in El Cajon, and early clues that this landing wouldn’t succeed. The air ambulance flight crashed in poor weather, after canceling IFR, as required at night to land on a longer runway. A poorly flown traffic pattern at low altitude sealed their fate. Max and Rob asked pilots to think about when they would have diverted, if they were flying.

N880Z, a Learjet 35A, crashed while landing at night at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, north of San Diego. The crash was where the base intersects the final, which is a classic location for stall/spin accidents. The aircraft flew a traffic pattern that was lower and farther east than usual, and they were headed straight for Rattlesnake Mountain, which was a couple hundred feet higher than the aircraft. The aircraft crashed about 0.1 miles from the base of the mountain on Pepper Drive. There were no survivors.

The air ambulance flight originated from John Wayne Airport, which was a short, 18-minute flight to Gillespie. The weather at the time was at VFR minimums and IFR minimums for circling. The weather was 3 mile visibility with mist and a broken layer of clouds at 2,000 feet and an overcast layer at 2,600 feet.

The two-pilot crew flew the RNAV (GPS) 17 approach, which has LP minimums of 1,360 feet, for a straight in landing to runway 17. However runway 17 is more than a 1,000 feet shorter than runway 27R, and when the aircraft was approximately 3 miles north of the airport, they cancelled IFR and requested to land on runway 27R. Circling to runway 27R is not permitted at night when flying IFR, which is why the crew cancelled IFR, so that there were legally permitted to land on 27R.

The aircraft crossed overhead the airport very low at 725 feet, less than 350 feet above the field elevation of 388 feet. The aircraft then climbed to 950 feet in a left traffic pattern to 27R. The aircraft flew a traffic pattern that was farther north and east than their prior circles to runway 27R. This resulted in them flying directly toward Rattlesnake Mountain.

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Rob Mark’s JetWhine.com blog
Ep. 199 – IFR Circling Approach Hazards & Tips for Flying Them
ICAO: Circling 25 times more risky that straight-in with glideslope
Ep. 114 – Get-There-itis Accidents, Red Flags, and Tips for Avoiding Them
PAVE Personal minimums checklist
FAA’s Personal and Weather Risk Assessment Guide

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210 CFIT Controlled Flight into Terrain Accidents and the Crash of Another Friend + GA News

210 CFIT Controlled Flight into Terrain Accidents and the Crash of Another Friend + GA News

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210 Max talks about common myths about CFIT, or Controlled Flight into Terrain Accidents. More than 75% of CFIT accidents occur in daylight, and more than half of these are in visual conditions. 25% of accidents were VFR into IMC. CFIT accidents often occur while using the autopilot. In September, a friend crashed an Arrow 10 miles from the destination while flying straight and level in Day VFR.

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Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset + free Survival Kit
FAA: CFIT and Overreliance on Automation
General Aviation Joint Steering Committee
Piper Arrow Accident in Arizona
KSL.com article on Piper Arrow Crash
NTSB Prelim Report on Arrow Crash – PDF download
Sensorcom AV8 CO Detector
Mountain High EDS O2D2
B36TC hypoxia accident
FAA: On Landings, Part II
Chilling warning for Summer flyers
Seawind has 7 crashes

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Accident Case Study: Into Thin Air

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206 Helicopter Wake Vortex Accidents and Incidents + GA News

206 Helicopter Wake Vortex Accidents and Incidents + GA News

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206 Max talks about airplane accidents caused by helicopter vortices. Pilots should exercise extreme caution near helicopters, especially at low altitudes. Although these kinds of accidents aren’t really common, there is about one accident per year. It appears helicopters may churn up air in all directions, and that the location of their wakes may not be quite as predictable of those from airplanes.

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Fuel Contamination: Cessna C550 Citation
2nd story on Cessna C550 Citation incident
DEF Fuel Contamination Incident
84-year-old former pilot with Parkinson’s Flies Again
KC-135 and Cows Accident Beale AFB
Photo of Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker Accident

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Human factors for pilots – Situational awareness
Lake Eyre Seaplane Incident – Searey pilot
Helicopter Wake Turbulence affects C172 on Takeoff

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200 What You Need to Know about Best Glide Speed, Recent Accidents + GA News

200 What You Need to Know about Best Glide Speed, Recent Accidents + GA News

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200 Max talks about important factors related to flying best glide speed and the importance of using a checklist during an engine out emergency. He explains how to judge whether you’ll make it to the airport or a particular field using visual methods and electronic tools and apps. He also talks about a number of recent accidents including a recent Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet accident.

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NTSB Preliminary Report – Launchpad Marzari Accident
FAA Article: A Deaf Pilot’s Path to Aviation
FAA Article: Changing to LED lightbulbs
IFR Magazine article: IFR Circling – Conform with VFR Traffic Pattern

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199 IFR Circling Approach Hazards & Tips for Flying Them + GA News

199 IFR Circling Approach Hazards & Tips for Flying Them + GA News

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199 Max talks about the accident rate, common mistakes, and offers tips for flying IFR circling approaches. ICAO says circling approaches have 25 times the risk of a straight-in approach with vertical guidance. The size of the protected circling area changed in 2013. In the circling area, TERP requires a 25° bank angle. Pilots often fly a downwind that’s too close and overshoot the base to final turn.

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ICAO: Circling 25 times more risky
ICAO: Doc 8168, Aircraft Operations
International Safety Association: Circling Approaches
FAA Expands Size of Protected Airspace for Circling Approaches
Suggestions for increasing safety on circling approaches
‘Launchpad’ Marzari – GoFundMe Memorial Brick at EAA
NAFI YouTube interview of CFI Max Trescott
Last SDF Instrument Approach in U.S.
Pilatus PC-12 Helps Reopen L.A. School District

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194 Hero Pilot Avoids Houses in Fatal Plane Crash – Brad Launchpad Marzari

194 Hero Pilot Avoids Houses in Fatal Plane Crash – Brad Launchpad Marzari

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194 Max talks about a recent fatal plane crash that killed Brad Launchpad Marzari. Data suggests Brad dived his plane to avoid crashing into a housing development. Launchpad was reporter at larger for the Airplane Geeks podcast. A physically large man, he was often described as being larger than life. He once rescued students from a dorm fire, and it appears he was a hero again in death.

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Airplane Geeks #660 – Bradley Guy “Launchpad” Marzari
Airplane Geeks #639 – Launchpad’s “Snow Tug”
Airplane Geeks #635 – Fire on the Launchpad by Micah
Micah’s Twitter

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193 Two SR20 Takeoff Accidents plus Performance Charts with Catherine Cavagnaro + GA News

193 Two SR20 Takeoff Accidents plus Performance Charts with Catherine Cavagnaro + GA News

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193 Max talks with Catherine Cavagnaro about her insights into POH takeoff performance charts. He also talked about two recent SR20 takeoff accidents. One occurred at Truckee Airport, where Max had been twice before in recent weeks, both times in SR20s. The other occurred in Arkansas after a pilot took off with his pitot cover on and did a base to final spin after flying a very low traffic pattern.

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Cirrus SR20 Takeoff Accident at Truckee, CA
Cirrus SR20 Takeoff Accident at Conway, AR
#99 Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22
#130 SR22 Crash into House in Southern California
Catherine Cavagnaro YouTube Channel
Catherine Cavagnaro’s Ace Aerobatic School
AOPA Pilot Magazine Articles by Catherine Cavagnaro

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190 King Air 350 Crash Analysis with Seth Lake + GA News

190 King Air 350 Crash Analysis with Seth Lake + GA News

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190 Max talks with Seth Lake about the NTSB’s probable cause for a King Air 350 crash that killed ten people. There were a series of errors. The pilots did not call for any of the takeoff checklists or discuss what to do if an engine lost thrust on takeoff. The pilot responded to the emergency with left rudder input, the opposite action of what the emergency called for.

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Central Oregon Web Cams
Seth Lake’s VSL Aviation web site
Opposing Bases Podcast

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178 Standard Operating Procedures for GA pilots, Minimum Safe Altitude Rule + GA News

178 Standard Operating Procedures for GA pilots, Minimum Safe Altitude Rule + GA News

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178 Max talks with Rob Mark about Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and how GA pilots can use them. Rob talks about a tragic accident at Bedford, MA in which a Gulfstream crashed on takeoff because the gust lock was in place and the pilots had not followed SOPs. Plus, the Minimum Safe Altitude rule and a question from a student pilot, who plans a career in aviation, on cleaning up a messy logbook.

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FAA AC 20-103
The mother daughter pilots forging a path for female aviators
91.119 Minimum Safe Altitudes Rule
FAA Safety Briefing Online Magazine
FAA Safety Briefing Article on SOPs
PAVE Personal Minimums Checklist
FAA AC 120-71B
Rob Mark’s JetWhine blog
Rob’s NBAA Single Pilot IFR Video
Gulfstream Accident, Bedford, MA
Why Student Pilots Shouldn’t Carry Passengers
Max Trescott’s GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook

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