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Aviation Articles for May 13th, 2011

I hope you all had a safe and sane Friday the 13th.

Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:

Synergy Radio-Controlled Concept Aircraft.

It’s just a big model airplane…
This is from the Delta County Independent, a paper in Colorado. A model airplane builder decided it was time to move up in size. He is 2 years into building his own airplane and plans to get his private pilot’s license in it when he finishes.

Sailing didn’t work out – let’s try flying.
This is from Annapolis, MD. Remember that teen who tried sailing around the world and had her hopes drown by a rogue wave? It takes until the end of the article to find it, but now she’s learning to fly so she can try the circumnavigation in the air. Aaah, youth…

A play about an airplane?
This is from the Pittsburg Tribune-Review. It seems that a play is about to open in Pittsburg that will relate the history of Miss Pittsburg, a Waco 9 aircraft that is currently hanging in the Pittsburg International Airport. The Waco flew the first airmail flight from Pittsburg to Cleveland in 1927.

Is the Synergy the next great airplane design?
This one is from the Flathead Beacon of Kalispell, MT. An aircraft designer in Kalispell, MT thinks that his design is the future of aviation. A scale model of the plane has flown, maybe he’s on to something…

Another attempt to preserve our aviation heritage.
This is from Bakersfield, CA. It relates the efforts of a few dedicated individuals restoring aircraft to flying condition.

The FAA recently published their proposals for revamping airline training.
This article is from Buffalo, NY, near the site of the Colgan Air crash that brought the pressure to bear on the FAA for the changes. This seemed to be big news for a while this week. To me it brings up the question of what the commuter airlines were doing for training. All of these ‘new’ proposals were already in place when I received my training at Northwest 20 years ago – training as a crew in the simulator, scenario-based training, classroom sessions with the flight attendants and tours and instruction in how the dispatchers do their jobs and what resources they have available. This makes it sound like the commuters just gave the guys the keys, told them where the plane was parked and said ‘good luck’.

Flying Stories for 14 Jan 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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