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Flying Stories for 18 Feb 2011

Here are a few articles I found this week that I thought you might like:

Two aviation organizations come together for a day of flying
This is a newspaper article covering a fly-in at the Lufkin, TX airport near Houston. The Houston Chapter of the 99s organized a flying treasure hunt and had the last stop at Lufkin to coincide with the local Lufkin EAA chapter’s Young Eagles fly-in. The result was over 40 aircraft on display and giving rides and 30 happy kids getting their Young Eagles rides. It was a great effort by both organizations.

How the economy is affecting life at a central California airport.
This is a graphic illustration of the effect that the economy is having on the operations at the Modesto, CA airport. Modesto is located in the north-central valley of California, south of Sacramento. The good news is that it appears there may be a turnaround in sight.

One aviation company has received FAA approval for in-flight use of Apple’s iPad
Executive Jet Management has received FAA approval for the in-flight use of the Apple iPad using Jeppesen’s flight software. Maybe this opens the door for more approvals.

Another pilot fatigue/crash pad exposé
This time ABC News has enlisted the help of an ex-Continental pilot to help sensationalize the use of pilot crash pads. Come on people, what do you expect when you pay somebody minimum wage?

New licensing regulations for crew members in the Bahamas
Apparently the Bahamas has changed their pilot certification regulations. Good news – the maximum age is now 65. Bad news – licenses expire every two years with a $200 renewal fee. Check that last paragraph – one sentence about flight attendant certificates. Hmmm.

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Sundstrom

    How long now Tracy, till your retirment? I have a great friend Don, who also is retiring from the airlines. But he says he is done with flying…. I just can’t understand that. I hope I never get that burned out…
    This is still the best site I’ve run accross for aviation.
    Mike

  2. Mike,

    Thank you very much for you kind comments. As far as the airlines go, I have flown my last flight. I will still be active in aviation by flying my own plane, instructing and being involved with a local EAA chapter. I plan to be a bit more regular in posting my articles, but you know how that goes. Most of my retired friends say it takes about 6 months to realize that you didn’t really have enough time to be going to work.

    Some people just view airline flying as another job. I ran into several. I think I mentioned in one or two posts the rare occasion that more than one of the crew members had their own plane or flew non-commercially. I don’t really understand it either.

    tracy

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