Flying Stories for 14 Jan 2011

by on January 14, 2011

Here are some stories I found this week that you might like:

An argument for the use of business aircraft: short-haul airline flying declines.
This is a Dallas News article citing the decline in airline short-haul flying – even by the leader in that type of operation, Southwest Airlines. This seems to me to be another excellent argument for the use of aircraft in business operations and possibly an opening for small charter (Part 125) operators.

A young girl set her sights on flying and has never looked away.
This is a feel-good article about a young woman, now 20 years old, who set a goal of flying when she took her first flight when she was 11.

A museum in Ft. Worth, Texas begins its year-long celebration of aviation.
A Ft. Worth newspaper article recounting some of the aviation history of the region and lists the aviation events throughout 2011 that will commemorate the 1911 Great Aviation Meet.

Good News/Bad News for active duty military and veterans
President Obama signed into law the new GI bill last week that will give active duty and retired military personnel the ability to take flight training. The bad news is that the bill will not go into effect until October 2011 and only then if Congress finds a way to fund the additional costs.

Edwards AFB test pilot inducted into Hall of Fame
This is a short summary of the exceptional life of Capt. Iven C. Kincheloe Jr, an Edwards AFB test pilot recently inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Someone needs to go interview this man and get his story recorded.
This individual lives in Virginia and flies a Comanche out of New London Airport(W90) in Forest, VA. His father flew Jenny’s in WWI, his brother flew A-26s in WWII and he flew 191 combat missions in Vietnam. He has been collecting aviation memorabilia for as long as he can remember. There have to be some great stories tucked away in his memory.

FCC decides to drop it’s effort to ban 121.5 ELTs
This is an AOPA article on the latest from the FCC concerning their desire to totally ban 121.5 ELTs. It’s good news for aircraft owners who don’t want to pay out the rather large amount of money necessary to purchase one of the new 406 units. However, it will probably slow the development of the new units and their resultant cost reduction. Remember that the satellites are no longer monitoring the 121.5 frequency, so take it upon yourselves to check the frequency once in a while and report any beacons that you hear.

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