Flying Stories for Feb 11, 2011

by on February 9, 2011

I’m just about back on the right time zone after my last trip. There are more posts on the way, but in the mean time:

Here are a few stories that you may have missed this week.

The restoration of a 1929 Waco 10 1929 Waco 10
This is a nice article from The Atlantic Flyer about a Waco 10 restored by a couple in Iowa. It is almost completely original, including the increasingly rare OX-5 engine.

Air New Zealand reportedly to allow in-flight cell phone use
This article is from the Malaysian National News Agency. It reports that Air New Zealand is about to start allowing cell phone use and texting during flight. There rates that they are quoting make me wonder why I would want to be that connected.

Another item on the Airbus options list.
Airbus has come up with an ingenious way to save gas on their A320 family of aircraft. Wonder how long it would take to break even on the extra cost?

Pilot fatigue and attempts to prevent it.
Both ABC news and the Huffington Post have had articles recently concerning pilot fatigue, pilot crash pads for commuting pilots or those on reserve. The Montreal Gazette also reported on a study conducted of pilots flying for Norwegian Airlines. I wonder how much money was spent determining that working long hours on consecutive days in cramped, noisy conditions is fatiguing?

Remembering the Navy’s first black combat pilot.
Jesse Brown was born in 1926. He received his Navy wings in 1948 and was assigned to VF-32 flying the F4U-4 Corsair. He received the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Air Medal “For meritorious achievement in aerial flight” in Korea. Unfortunately he was also the African-American Naval Officer to lose his life after his aircraft was damaged by enemy fire and he was forced to crash land.

An inside look at the restoration of aircraft at Seattle’s Museum of Flight
This is a Reuters article by a reporter who was given an inside look at the museum’s restoration facility at Paine Field in Seattle, WA. Unfortunately the information is limited to text only. There appear to be links to photos, however the links were not active when I read the article.

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