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 […]
Pilot v. Airline Case Goes To Supreme Court
After an Air Wisconsin pilot was fired from his job and boarded a commercial flight to go home, his former employers alerted the TSA that he might be armed and mentally unstable, launching a legal dispute that made it to the Supreme Court this week. William Hoeper was fired in 2004 after he failed several simulator tests. Both sides agree he was upset, yelled at the instructor, and said he would complain to his union about unfair treatment. After dropping him off at the airport to catch a United flight, Air Wisconsin officials grew concerned and called the TSA. Hoeper was taken off his flight and detained. A Colorado court ruled in Hoeper's favor, but the airline appealed to the Supreme Court, claiming it should have legal immunity if it raises what it believes to be legitimate air-safety concerns, even if they turn out to be false.
AMEs Object To FAA Apnea Policy
"Education of the many would have far greater public health impact than regulation of the few," the Civil Aviation Medical Association, which represents FAA aviation medical examiners, said in a recent letter to the FAA, regarding its proposed sleep-apnea policy. The letter, posted online Tuesday by EAA, objects to the FAA's proposal that AMEs should send pilot applicants to a sleep specialist if they exceed a certain body-mass index. "No scientific body or evidence has demonstrated that undiagnosed obesity or OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) has compromised aviation safety," wrote Dr. Mark Eidson, CAMA president.
Thunderbirds, Blue Angels Release 2014 Schedules
Last year, the showcase military teams were grounded by federal budget problems, but for the 2014 air show season, both the USAF Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels are back in full force. The Thunderbirds released their full schedule last week at the International Council of Air Shows annual conference, and the Blue Angels also announced an updated and revised schedule. The Thunderbirds will start their year on Jan. 1, with a flyover at the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif. After that, they will fly at 34 air shows around the country, from February through November, including a first-ever appearance at EAA AirVenture.
Bell Picks Lafayette For New JetRanger Production
Bell Helicopter has announced it will build its new Short Light Single helicopter at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana. The SLS is a restart of the iconic JetRanger line, an updated five-seat turbine single that will include modern technology standard on bigger airframes.
While on a local flight close to my base airport (KLWB), a landing Gulfstream contacted the tower. The controller in the cab gave the Gulfstream clearance to land, along with a warning that buzzards were circling near the approach end of the runway. "O.K.," replied the Gulfsteam. "We've got the BB gun loaded." -- Kyle Jones, via e-mail