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Germanwings A320 Crashes in the French Alps

Sad news today, as a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps while enroute from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany with 150 souls on board. There were 144 passengers on the flight and 6 crew members, who all perished in the crash. The wreckage has been located by a French search helicopter shortly after 11 am local time and confirmed no ...

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Adding Skis and Rockets to a Lockheed C-130 Hercules

This airplane is the ski-equipped variant of the C-130 Hercules.  With added rockets and skis, this is one cool airplane, and it is used in the Arctic and Antarctic. It is equipped with four jet-assisted takeoff rockets – that’s right, rockets – on each side of the fuselage. The rockets aid in adding maximum power for short or rough and ...

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Cirrus SR22 Deploying it’s Parachute

Cirrus SR22 ditched at sea off the coast of Maui due to an engine failure caused by fuel starvation. The pilot was able to successfully ditch his aircraft after running out of fuel 250 miles off the coast of Maui.  Apparently the pilot was ferrying the plane from the west coast of the U.S. to Australia.  The aircraft, N7YT is ...

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Dead Stick Landing of Cessna Caravan

This Cessna 208 Caravan experienced catastrophic engine failure when metal from the gearbox passed through the compressor and turbines, destroying the turbine blades and killing the engine. Engine failure is a pilots’ worst nightmare! The pilot did a great job gliding the plane in for a safe and smooth landing. Do you remember what to do in the event of an ...

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Landing Gear Failure of a Virgin Atlantic 747-400

This Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 landed safely in Sussex after a landing gear malfunction.  Flight VS43 out of London Gatwick on December 29 was headed for Las Vegas and landed in Sussex after a minor mechanical issue with the hydraulic system made a return necessary. The plane spent a few hours circling to burn and dump enough fuel to meet the ...

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Emergency Operations: Field Selection

We all learn the very important procedure of forced approach.  One of the most important parts of the procedure is choosing the field. The video below shows that generally, there are three kinds of fields that you will have to choose from: dark brown, light brown and green. Do you know the characteristics of each that makes them a suitable ...

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