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Aviation Articles for November 18, 2011

Lenticular clouds along the Sierra Mountain Ridge South of Reno. Today has been sort of an up and down day. We were told to expect high winds – a slight understatement. Even the weather service is surprised at what the cold front has done to us as it moves through the area.  We have recorded sustained winds at the house most of the day in the 30 mph range with gusts as high as 50 mph. The weather service recorded 74 mph at their facility just north-east of the downtown area. People in Florida would call that a Category I hurricane. I can’t count the number of times the power has gone out.

To add to the fun a brush fire started about 2 am last night in the southwest part of Reno. Lots of open areas, gullies and hills with homes on them. The latest estimate is 2000 acres affected and 25 homes burned or destroyed. They seem to have it under control but with these winds nothing is certain. Pretty nasty video coming from the local TV stations.

The good news is that I finally got the Swift back in the air earlier in the week. More on that later.

Here are some flying articles that you may have missed this week.

The most decorated Canadian pilot in WWI
This is from the Ottawa Citizen. William Barker flew a Sopwith Snipe in WWI with the Royal Flying Corps. He is credited with 50 enemy kills. He died in the crash of a Fairchild KR-21 that he was demonstrating for the RCAF. The circumstances of his death are still a mystery to historians. Now there is a move to erect a memorial statue to Barker in Ottawa.

The Seattle Boeing Museum and Manufacturing Plant Tour
This is from Vancouver, B.C. The article is a review of the Boeing plant tour and flight museum near Everett, WA. Nice review but not much help unless you’re going to be in the area.

An SR-71 pilot relates some of his flying experiences
This one is from The Observer News in Florida. The Top Secret designation has been at least partially lifted and SR-71 pilots are free to talk of their flying experiences. This presentation was made at the Association of Naval Aviation in Sun City Center.

In case you see a patriotic Cessna Mustang
This is from AOPA. This Cessna Mustang was painted with a patriotic scheme because it is part of the Veteran’s Airlift Command, dedicated to flying our veterans around the country.

I came across this video this week and thought you might be interested. It’s a promotional video by the European firm EADS but has little in the way of a commercial pitch. Lots of historical footage of what appear to be test flights and some very unusual aircraft what we in the U.S. don’t see very often. Enjoy.

Your Flying Stories for 17 Dec 2010

I find aviation-oriented articles on the Internet every day that I think some of you might be interested in reading. I decided to make a list as I go through the week and then pass them on to you on Fridays so that you can have an easy reference for places to go online if you find yourself stuck in your tie-down spot.

An article from Flying Magazine.
This is an article by Martha Lunken, published on December 8th on the Flying Magazine website. It recounts stories of her flying over the Christmas holidays and a tradition of hers concerning a particular flying story.

Airline profits generated more from fees than ticket prices.
This is a short article describing the shift in airline profits from ticket prices to the myriad of extra fees that travelers face. It seems that the airlines still are unable to come up with a ticket price that reflects how much it costs to fly a passenger to their destination.

A possible Christmas gift?
This is actually a press release for a company in Nashville, TN, but it is a very good idea for a Christmas gift for any of your friends/relatives who have expressed any kind of interest in aviation. Check the AOPA Learn To Fly website and you can search for a flight school near you. You will also find a link to sign up for a 6-month subscription to Flight Training Magazine (FREE) and access to AOPA’s suite of flight training aids/information – items mentioned in the press release.

A Look at the Models in the Boeing Aircraft Company Archives (Pt 2)
This is an article from the Airline Reporter blog in which the author (David Parker Brown) describes his tour of the Boeing Aircraft archives in Bellevue, WA. He took over 40 photos of the aircraft models stored in the archives and will be posting an article covering his interview of Boeing Historian Michael Lombardi.
This is a link to part 1 of the article – it does not yet link to part 2 Boeing Aircraft Archives, Part 1
And here is a link to the AirlineReporter Flickr account where you can find all 44 of the archives photos. AirlineReporter archive photos

In Case You Needed a Reason to Go Flying
This is a Dec 13th blog entry by Steve on the A Mile of Runway Will Take You Anywhere blog. The article refers to an entry by Lynol Amero on the skywriting forum of Oshkosh365. Amero planned out and flew a GPS track appropriate for the season. (It was easier to link to Steve’s article than to try and direct you far enough down the Oshkosh365 forum page to get to the original article.) Link to Oshkosh365 skywriting forum If you haven’t seen this already you aren’t visiting enough aviation sites.

Flight Training Bill Clears Congress

Quoting the AOPA article:

Legislation providing veterans with new financial aid for flight training was on its way to President Barack Obama for signing following an overwhelming vote of approval Dec. 17 in the House of Representatives.

The Best and Worst in Flight training for 2010

This is another article from AOPA, this time their Flight Training Blog, where they recount their opinion of the best and worst items that appeared in the AOPA ePilot Flight Training edition.

Fighter Pilot’s Brains

This is a press release concerning a study conducted by the University College of London. They came to the conclusion that fighter pilot’s brains are wired differently from us ‘normal’ people. That’s pretty obvious after a couple of hours in a bar with one of them. We now apparently have medical evidence.

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