Strange but true general aviation news
He was just hanging out! A rare black rhino was tied by its ankles and transported by helicopter to its new home under the¬†WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, reports the Mirror. Helicopter is deemed the best way to get the beasts from¬†KwaZulu-Natal region of eastern South Africa. That airport car looks vaguely familiar. Pilots […]
Christmas concerts with an aviation twist
You may have had friends e-mail you links to online videos showing so-called “flash mobs”–and maybe you’re already sick of them. But if you’re not, watch this one, which shows the U.S. Air Force Band at the National Air and Space Museum on Tuesday. A friend who served in the Air Force shared it, and […]
10 aviation organizations you can support on #GivingTuesday
It started with Gray Thursday, for stores that (foolishly) opened at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Then we had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, then Cyber Monday. So today, we’re at the second annual #GivingTuesday.¬†#GivingTuesday was created to be a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season and as a way to […]
Flying motorcycle for Christmas?
Hammacher Schlemmer's Christmas catalog offers a $300,000 roadable gyrocopter.
From 35 to 36, a dark afternoon aboard Air Force One
Like many, I spent some time last Friday watching coverage of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. However, I didn’t come across the article that I found most interesting about that day until this morning. The October issue of Esquire magazine includes a fascinating story, “The Flight from Dallas,” which […]
Last Passenger DC-10 Makes Last Flight?
Bangladesh Biman Airlines announced it would on December 7 pull from service what it believes is the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10 to still carry passengers as part of routine commercial service, but enthusiasts may still get one more chance to fly in it. The big jet is still in operation with cargo carriers (FedEx, included) but fans interested in flying on a passenger version of the airplane will get a chance to fly with Biman in February 2014. The airline says it plans to make seats available on the jet for a final flight from Bangladesh to England. And as Biman CEO Kevin Steele told CNN, "We want these tickets to go to genuine aviation enthusiasts." According to Steele, if interest encourages it, some scenic flights may then be flown from Birmingham, England, to answer additional demand.
Sean Tucker's Every Kid Can Fly Program
December marks the first month that a first batch of students will make their way through National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee and aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker's latest project, Every Kid Can Fly, for local at-risk children. The Salinas, Calif., program is associated with Hartnell College and the NASA laboratories based there. It aims to inspire children who have found their way to Rancho Cielo -- an organization established by a local judge to provide troubled young people a place to regain their footing and learn a trade that could become a job. As for Tucker's involvement, he and his son Eric will lead seven of the children through an aviation program. And "if they stay drug- and violence-free and if they keep up their grades, we will not fail them -- period," Tucker told TheCalifornian.com. Tucker says that means he will stay with them until they solo.
Navy Launches Drone From Submerged Sub
The Navy said Thursday that it successfully launched the XFC folding-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS, or drone) from a torpedo tube on the USS Providence, while the submarine was submerged. The all-electric fuel cell-powered aircraft has an X-wing configuration in flight that folds for storage and launch. The UAS was delivered from the submarine to the water's surface using a canister system first developed for Tomahawk missiles. Once at the surface, the canister appeared "as a spar buoy," which floats upright in the water. It then launched vertically from the canister and flew a mission that lasted several hours while delivering a live video feed back to the sub.¬†
Thunderbirds May Perform At AirVenture
For decades, AirVenture Oshkosh officials have said that airspace considerations have prevented the appearance of military jet teams at the annual show but something has apparently changed. EAA says the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will "potentially" make their debut at the 2014 edition of AirVenture and EAA says the team is planning to do its full show.
Sleep Apnea Bill Makes Legislative Progress
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved a bill that would force the FAA to follow the formal rulemaking process in adopting a controversial new sleep apnea detection initiative, It's the first legislative step to slow down implementation of a policy introduced by Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton in his November newsletter to AMEs that will direct them to send any pilot or air traffic controller with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher to be automatically referred to a sleep clinic to determine if he or she has obstructive sleep apnea, a disqualifying condition that can cause daytime sleepiness and increase the risk of sudden death.