Apr 12, 2017
Delta aids downed SR22, Cessna 182s seem nose heavy but aren’t.
Here’s why + how-to tips for landings that won’t crunch the nose
gear. 182s and Bonanza hit by expensive service bulletin. Click here to
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Technique in the Cessna 182 The Cessna 182 is an excellent
aircraft, but it has one knock against it that’s undeserved. Many
pilots say the Cessna 182 is “nose heavy,” making it difficult to
land. I respectfully disagree. The Cessna 182 is not difficult to
land, IF you know how to land it properly and remain proficient
through practice. And while calling it “nose heavy,” seems to match
what pilots experience when landing the aircraft, an aeronautical
engineer would blanch at that description. The C182 balances at its
center of gravity like any other aircraft; the front end is NOT
heavier than the back end. It is true that nose wheel damage and
bent firewalls are common for 182s that have spent their lives as
rental aircraft. So yes, it’s easier to make a bad landing in a 182
than in a 172. And those bad landings often involve the nose wheel
hitting the runway before the main wheels touch down. If you want
to know three simple steps for better C182 landings, skip to the
end of this article. If you want to know why those steps work so
well, listen to this episode! General Aviation
- Two people on board a
plane that crashed into the side of a mountain at Olympic
National Park in Washington state on Sunday evening have survived
after making a distress call picked up by a nearby Delta Air Lines
new Service Bulletin from Continental Motors is going to cost
some Cessna 182 and Beech Bonanza owners may have to shell out big
bucks in the next hundred hours because of an engine service
- The Red Bull Air
Race World Championship makes a welcome return to San Diego on
the 15-16 April 2017.
- Diamond Aircraft launched
three new diesel-powered singles at Aero Friedrichshafen. They
are the four-place DA50-IV, five-place DA50-V and seven-place
DA50-VII with 230-, 260- and 360-horsepower Safran/SMA diesels. The
-VII will also be available with a 375-horsepower Lycoming gas
engine or a Ukranian turboprop. The DA-50-V was on display at the
show and is shown below; click for full size images. [caption
id="attachment_153" align="alignleft" width="278"] DA-50-V. Photo by Ute
Stumpf[/caption] [caption id="attachment_157" align="alignnone"
width="281"] Diamond DA-50 Interior. Photo
by Ute Stumpf[/caption]
Airbus has abandoned its plan to produce the electric E-Fan
two-seater as a ready-for-sale training aircraft. Instead they
will build a 2 mega watts demonstrator that will be a
prototype for an electric powered airliner.
Electric-powered aircraft will gather for a fly-in at the
Grenchen airport in Switzerland, Sept. 9-10, the first event of its
kind in Europe.
- Walter Extra has further cemented his status as a legendary
figure in aviation, setting a
new world electric airplane speed record in March to go with
the electric time-to-climb mark he set in November.
- The STC Group has received an STC for the installation kit for
Trio Pro Pilot digital autopilot into dozens of models of
Cessna 172s and 182s, with more to follow soon.
- Avidyne expects to have a
wireless hotspot of some kind certified by 2018.
- Owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston
aircraft that are not currently equipped with Version 2 of ADS-B
Out are eligible for a $500 rebate
Rebates are still available and they are being issued on a
first-come, first-served basis until 20,000 are claimed or until
the end of the one-year program, whichever comes first. Eligible
aircraft owners can reserve a rebate until Sept. 18, 2017, the
program’s last day to accept reservations, if any are still
- Flight Design has announced a
new LSA model, the KLA-100, a two-seat training aircraft.
- A new company announced plans to build a
Finnish LSA amphib in Maine. The Atol Avion will be built
at Brunswick Landing, the former NAS Brunswick.
- Mark and Conrad Huffstutler are the new
owners of the Lancair. They plan to support the models
from the 320 on up, and will eventually be putting effort into the
new Mako – a four seat, fixed-main-gear aircraft with a retracting
- Lancair Owners &
Builders Association is having a gathering in Sante Fe, NM,
August 31-September 3.
- U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Sen. James
Inhofe sent a letter requests
the FAA include funding to provide air traffic and safety services
at major aviation events, like EAA AirVenture, in its budget
for the next year.