Archive | May, 2012
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The Logbook: This is Your Personal Aviation Diary

One of the column heads I have always used is "From the Logbook."  The reason being that as an instructor I could always look back and find a story about training that could be made interesting and hopefully funny.  I always change them around just enough so that only the student involved and I really […]

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 Welcomes International Stars to Headline Air Shows

Aerobatic performers from U.S., Canada and Brazil coming to Wisconsin Air show stars from the U.S. and from around the world will dazzle audiences as part of the daily performance lineup at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, joining homebuilts, vintage aircraft, warbirds, ultralights and other airplanes at what's called "The World's […]

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 Discover Aviation Days touches down June 2-3 at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport with a full schedule of events promoting general aviation. T-6 Texan Pilot Bruce Olson is pictured in 2010 making a pass over the airport. An 80-percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. will be the special feature at this year’s event. (File photo by Tim Hennagir)

Discover Aviation Days Touches Down June 2-3

Discover Aviation Days touches down the first weekend in June at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport with a full schedule of events promoting general aviation activities. “This will be the largest one we’ve done in the last five years,” said Craig Schiller, lead event organizer. An 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall […]

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Field of Yellow: Cubs 2 Oshkosh Plans Mass Arrival

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub, hundreds of Cub owners and pilots plan to fly from Hartford, Wis., to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on Sunday, July 22, according to Rick Rademacher, one of the organizers of Cubs 2 Oshkosh. Rademacher said he hopes the event will connect pilots in the […]

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Red Arrows to Fly as a Seven for Bournemouth Air Festival.

Red Arrows to Fly as a Seven for Bournemouth Air Festival

THE Red Arrows have received the green light to display in Dorset this summer – but will be appearing as a seven formation rather than their usual nine. Following rigorous training throughout the winter, final authority for the world-renowned scarlet jets to display throughout the summer was received earlier this week. The Hawks will appear […]

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U.S. Military Saluted at 96th Indianapolis 500

The traditional pre-race ceremonies honoring the United States military at the 96th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27 will culminate with a special four-plane flyover recognizing the magnificent history of the United States air power. Salutes to the military will occupy many special moments during the pomp and pageantry of pre-race ceremonies on Race Day. […]

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A mechanic converting an airplane engine into a power plant at GE’s Veresegyhaza plant in Hungary.

GE Factory Turns Airplane Engines into Gas Turbines

GE Energy, a subsidiary of General Electric, said Thursday it delivered 12 gas turbines made in Hungary from airplane engines  to a power plant in Israel. In a deal valued at $200 million, GE delivered the 50-megawatt aeroderivative gas turbines to Israeli Dorad Energy’s Ashkelon power plant. GE assembles the motors at its factory in […]

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The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress at the airport in San Luis Obispo before its flight to the Bay Area on the Wings of Freedom tour, which will be at the Livermore airport from Sunday to Tuesday. The swastikas represent the number of destroyed Nazi aircraft while each bomb represents a mission.

Young Reporter Takes Flight Into History in Time For Memorial Day

I watched in shock as the fierce wind sucked my neon orange earplug through a crack in the floor of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. As my earplug disappeared into the void below, the crew member's words echoed in my head: "Don't step on the red floor!" He had explained that it would easily flap open […]

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Cessna Selects Garmin G5000 Flight Deck for New Citation Longitude

Cessna Aircraft Company officials have selected the Garmin G5000 integrated avionics system, from Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), for the company’s newest and longest-range business jet, the Citation Longitude. The G5000 provides a pilot interface with digital touch-screen controllers and multi-pane, widescreen displays with Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) for situational […]

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Robinson R22

Jeff Abrams maneuvers his 2000 Robinson R22 Beta helicopter on final approach for landing at his “Pilot’s Paradise” at Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, FL.  Jeff enjoys the panoramic views and the aerodynamic shape of the Robinson, which can cruise up to 90 knots with average fuel consumption of only 7-10 gallons per hour.  The […]

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The experimental aircraft "Solar Impules" takes off for its first transcontinental flight to Morocco from the airbase in Payerne, Switzerland.

Solar Plane Begins 1st Transcontinental Flight

An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight Thursday, aiming to reach North Africa next week. Pilot Andre Borschberg planned to take the jumbo jet-size Solar Impulse plane on its first leg to Madrid, Spain, by Friday. His colleague Bertrand Piccard will take the helm of the aircraft for the […]

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SA Aerobatic Champ for Swaziland Airshow

South African Aerobatic Champion Nigel Hopkins will be the highlight of the Swaziland Airshow set for Saturday. The event will take place at the Matsapha International Airport from 10am to 5pm. The Airshow has for the past years been one of the most anticipated events in Swaziland; bringing aerobatic and aircraft displays from across the […]

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds flying in palm formation with the Demo Hornet over Vancouver Island will perform at the upcoming Waterloo Air Show.

Air Show Arrives in Kitchener-Waterloo

Look up in the sky: it’s the Snowbirds, CF-18s, Joint Forces, Harvards and more. The “top guns” will put on an adrenaline-pumping exhibition of aerobatics and powered flight over the skies of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. on June 2 and 3, 2012. The Waterloo Air Show had its start four years ago as volunteers created an annual […]

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Cessna Continues Single-Engine Aircraft Safety Education Initiative

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is building on a proactive safety initiative started in 2011 designed to educate single engine owner/operators on new inspection procedures. The latest effort is aimed at 100 series single-engine piston aircraft owners around the world, and informs them about new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures that will […]

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Company Offers Fractional Ownership of Private Jets

A new company - Aurora Jet Partners - is promising all the benefits of jet ownership, but at a fraction of the cost. The new jet sales, management and charter company was created by a partnership between Ledcor's Opus Aviation of Vancouver and Morning-star Partners of Edmonton. Ledcor is investing in Morningstar Partners to create […]

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Crowds Gather for Red Arrows Return to Bournemouth

SPECTATORS and aviation enthusiasts gathered at Bournemouth Airport to catch a fleeting glimpse of the Red Arrows as they returned for the first time since last year’s tragic crash, which killed pilot Jon Egging. The jets had stopped to refuel at Bournemouth before taking part in a Diamond Jubilee flypast at Windsor Castle on Saturday […]

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Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing Along Road

A pilot and passenger are safe after a small plane lost power and made an emergency landing on the median of a busy road in South Florida. Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue responded to a small aircraft that made an emergency crash landing along Sheridan Street, Saturday. According to authorities, the four-seater 1965 Mooney single engine […]

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Highland Airways' plane G-UIST was part of a fleet of nine aircraft

Bust Highland Airways' Plane in New Batman Film The Dark Knight Rises

An aircraft from a collapsed Scottish airline has been used for stunts in the making of the new Batman film, it has emerged. The fuselage of the Highland Airways plane was used in scenes shot in the Highlands for The Dark Knight Rises. The Inverness-based airline collapsed in 2010 with debts of £4.5m after a […]

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U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, of Philadelphia, voiced opposition to an amendment that would have cut funding for the V-22 Osprey.

Boeing's V-22 Osprey is Saved From Budget Cuts

Boeing’s V-22 Osprey program escaped the federal budget chopping block once again after local members of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced opposition about an amendment that would have stripped funding for the tilt-rotor aircraft. The amendment was presented by U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., to House Resolution 4310, the National […]

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Facts

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene (RP- 1). It was designed from the ground up by SpaceX for the reliable and cost-efficient transport of satellites to low Earth orbit and geosynchronous transfer orbit, and for sending SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, including manned missions, to orbiting destinations such as […]

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