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Aviation Stories for March 11, 2011


Here are some stories from this week that you may have missed.

This is International Women of Aviation WeekWomen of Aviation Week
Just in case you missed the news, International Women of Aviation Week is March 7-13, 2011. This link takes you to the organizations web site. there you will find articles describing some of the events planned throughout the country and world. I have seen references to a couple of different airlines specifically manning flights with all-female crews this week. Check them out.

Missing ashtray grounds non-smoking flight WTF
This article is from a Canadian newspaper. It seems that a Jazz Air flight headed for Toronto was delayed for nine hours when the flight crew noticed that an ashtray was missing from the front of a lavatory door. The article tries to explain why that was such a big deal. Not sure I buy it, but I’m not an expert on the Canadian maintenance regulations.

NOTE: I notice that this link now says that you have to sign in ir register to assess the article. It appears that the newspaper only allows access to the current days articles unless you are a registered user. Great way to generate traffic – not.

Born deaf he is now pursuing his dream of being a commercial pilot
This is an article from a Sheboygan, WI paper. Josh Mech, now 19 years old, was born deaf but had a dream to fly. He is now has a Private Pilot certificate and is attending Southern Illinois University majoring in Aviation Flight and Aviation Management while he works toward his pilot ratings.

South Carolina tool and die worker building an airplane in the garage.
Yeah, so what. Well, how about that Barbara, at age 22, was the first black female in South Carolina to ever become a registered tool and die maker. Now, at age 50, she has decided that building an airplane is not beyond her capabilities. After all, she’s a Private Pilot and a certified scuba diving instructor, why not?

Commentary on the new Continental Airlines diet plan.
This is an article from Continental’s home town Houston paper. The reporter does a good job spinning the news about the Continental-United merged airline deciding to equalize the two airlines at the least-possible-service level.

Flight Instructor Refresher Webinars
I saw this mentioned in one of the newsletters that I get from time to time. I had not heard of it before, so I thought I’d pass it along. This is a link to the website. They offer a series of eight flight instructor refresher webinars that CFIs can use to renew their certificates. They are an FAA-certified provider and issue a temporary certificate when the renewal requirements have been met. Sounds interesting.


My how time flies

No links for this one – just a reminder to move your clocks forward. On  Sunday morning, March 13th at 2 am the United States goes back on Daylight Savings Time. Now if all this snow would just melt…