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They totaled only 15 percent of the accidents—for flat-engine airplanes, we’d expect to see at least that many accidents from engine stoppages alone.

We only saw seven engine stoppages in the 190 and 195.

There were probably more because gear-up landings aren’t always reported—they almost never cause enough damage to meet the NTSB definition of a reportable accident. Although most of Aerotrek’s airplanes sell for about eight grand more than that, they’re still on the low end of the price spectrum.

January 18, 2016 When we looked at the 100 most recent accidents for the Archer/Cherokee 180 series—50 for each model—we saw some crunch causes we expected and a few we didn’t. By our lights, a ,000 airplane is by no means cheap, but if it costs barely half of its highest price competition, could there be some exceptional value there?

While I savor the fragrance of wet turf mixed with avgas exhaust as much as anyone, the thought of a 00 annual—and I’ve paid them—tends to turn the rose-colored glasses into a darker shade of cynical.

Not that I expect to ever pay a 00 annual for the Cub, which is exactly the best reason for owning a legacy LSA—not the magic of slipping the surly bonds on rag wings, but the smug satisfaction of doing it for the price of a cheap date at Bob’s Big Boy. Split the cost of an already cheap airplane two ways, three ways or four ways.

The program covers 447 makes/models manufactured between 19 and doesn’t require an inspection.

Start with a two-seat speedster with fighter-like handling, slow it down to meet the LSA 120-knot speed limit without excising any of the structure necessary for the stresses of the higher speed, then jump through the ASTM hoops to turn it into a production machine.September 17, 2013 There has long been a subset of pilots with a certain sense of adventure and the burning desire to own an aerobatic airplane.While most lust after an aerial hotrod such as one of the Extra 300 series or a Sukhoi Su-29, economic reality means putting something a little less impressive into the hangar.But unlike most other airplanes, utility airplanes are optimized to use short, unimproved fields without drama or damage, carry lots of stuff, require little maintenance and be field-repairable, just a few of the features with which the typical tricycle-gear, all-metal single has trouble.September 24, 2015 The NTSB reports of the 100 most recent B55 Baron crashes turned up some unexpected results: there were only three runway loss of control (RLOC) events, far fewer than we expect for tricycle-gear airplanes; for an airplane with a fuel system that has a reputation as simple, the majority of the 15 fuel-related accidents involved mismanaging the system and fuel selectors and over half of the pilot-induced gear-up events involved retracting the gear on rollout.We found that unless the airplane is stripped to minimum weight and flown by an expert, the 200-foot takeoff distance number is a figment of someone’s imagination, especially when… November 20, 2014 In our review of the 100 most recent Cessna 310 NTSB accident reports, landing gear problems led the list.

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