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On March 3, 2014, at 1032 Pacific Standard Time, a Piper PA 46 350P collided with terrain approximately 5 miles east of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, California. The commercial pilot was seriously injured, and the single passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the commercial pilot. The airplane’s left wing was separated from the fuselage resulting in substantial damage to the airframe. Marginal visual flight rules (MVFR) conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The flight originated at John Wayne-Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, California, about 0800. The pilot was in communications with Oakland Center while on the GPS-A approach into Truckee-Tahoe Airport. Upon completion of the instrument approach the pilot executed a missed approach and preceded to fly in an easterly direction not consistent with the published missed appr...

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TEMPEST AND ROWER AIRSHOWS TEAM UP FOR SUN-N-FUN 2014 GIBSONVILLE, NC - Tempest Plus Marketing Group (TPMG) is pleased to announce they have teamed up with Rower Airshows for Sun-n-Fun 2014. Gary Rower of Rower Airshows is the premier 450HP Stearman performer in North America. Gary combines the skill of 40 years and 20,000+ hours in the cockpit with the grace of a truly classic aircraft, the Stearman, to provide audiences from coast to coast with a show that is dedicated and choreographed to honor the excellence of the US Manned Space program. When he’s not entertaining his fans Gary is also a Professional Aviation Safety Consultant who developed and managed the Safety Management System for the International Council of Air Shows. He knows what it takes to prepare himself and his aircraft for the rigorous demands of an airshow schedule, what works and what should be avoided. He knows his life literally depends on good judgm...

    By Rose Kern Riding the breeze in your own small aircraft provides a sense of freedom and a lifting of spirit like nothing else.  Yet, there is always the possibility that something can go wrong and you can’t exactly pull over on a cloud when you hear your engine cough. Search and Rescue has been the primary purpose of Flight Service for VFR aircraft since it was created in 1920.  That is the reason behind filing a VFR flight plan, so if something forces you to land and you can’t get to a phone, you always know that within a half hour of your ETA, flight service will begin looking for you. That has been the way it was done for almost a hundred years, and it has saved many lives.  The only catch is that they will not begin the search until after you should have reached your destination.  If you have a four hour flight and are forced to land during the first hour, that means no one is going to start...

by Steve Bill Hanshew The Order of Daedalians is a prestigious aviation fraternity going all the way back to the first combat aviators of World War I. Founded by no less a legend then General Billy Mitchell, it is renowned for flying scholarships and awards to notable pilots and in the true spirit of flight, continues the great traditions of that Greek aviation luminary, Daedalus. You know, Daedalus, the guy that flew ahead of everyone to include the Wrights’, Langley, Bleriot, Curtiss, and even that Whitehead guy from Connecticut. Never heard of Daedalus huh? No surprise, unless you’re into Greek mythology. Without a Roman poet by the name of Ovid, no one would know about the world’s first flight and after nearly 2,000 years I guess it’s time to set the record straight and expose the real story concerning the guy that allegedly made manned flight a reality and the guy lionized for centuries as a great pilot. To ...

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Well, it is over… we changed the entire look and feel of FLY-LOW.  This has been a project in consideration for over six years.  I weighed the “pros” and “cons” in an attempt to decide if this was for us.  After the comments of readers, staff, columnist and friends of FLY-LOW; I decided to take the plunge to a book size, more colorful, different look FLY-LOW.  It is here for your consideration.  We do want your comments, good or bad.  We will share them with our readers in our April issue.  As we go into our fourteenth year of publication, initially, in March 2001, FLY-LOW was a one state “grass roots” publication.  Moving to all fifty states years ago and now to this newly designed issue – I am proud.  Probably, as proud as when my kids provided me with grandchildren.  Real, chest slapping proud… To give some reasoning behind our choice of change, I would say that there are airports we have asked to give...

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Cross Country Air Racing 2014 So much has changed, so much has stayed the same. I am launching the first annual all encompassing Air Meet-Championship Cross Country Air Races over Memorial Day weekend 2014.  As I bring the Air Meet to reality I cannot help but look back to when and where it all started in 1909.  We have raced forward through the Space Age and into the Electronic Revolution.  Yet, looking at our world of aviation so much has endured over the decades. We have now arrived at a most exciting time in aviation.   Maybe you question this statement in the light of our current economy but, one must look at the big picture. Our General Aviation Fleet has grown to over 240,000 aircraft registered in the United States alone and more than 625,000 licensed pilots.  The average age of our current fleet is over forty years.  It is a fact that our fleet has aged gracefully.  A fifty year old aircraft can be as airworth...