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Aviation Articles for December 16, 2011

Here are some flying stories that you may have missed this week:

I’m not sure they all agree
This is from the Fresno Bee. The author interviewed a few flight attendants and found that they feel that they had glamorous jobs. Hmm. Probably depends on the day…

It always feels good to restore your ride
This is from Fox 8 in Cleveland. Nate Shaffer was a door gunner on a helicopter in Vietnam. In 1994 he started looking for some of his fellow crewmembers – and for the helicopter that they flew. He was more successful than he expected

Learn to Fly and Build a Plane programs meet in cyberspace.
This is from General Aviation News. The Learn to Fly and Build a Plane programs have joined forces in cyberspace.

Burt just can’t stay retired.
This is from the Seattle Times. Just in case you haven’t seen all the press this venture has received the past few days…

Another successful mission.
This is from the Frederick News Post. The Pilots-n-Paws program enlists the aid of pilots and their aircraft to transport animals around the country.

World War II airplanes still in the air.
This is from Chron.com. The article relates the efforts put forth by the West Houston squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

Ever heard of the Battle of Britain?
This is from the Harborough Mail in the UK. Squadron Leader Tony Pickering visited his old school recently and recounted some of his tales from Hurricane flying during the Battle of Britain.

Aviation Stories for April 1, 2011

Hmmm, April Fool’s Day. That leaves the door open for all sorts of stories – but I’ll be nice and only link to articles that are factual – to the best of my knowledge. B-17 bomber dropping a watermelon.

It was a pretty light reading week – I guess everybody went to Sun-n-Fun.

High school students tackle an unusual restoration project
A group of Kentucky high school students are going to restore a Cessna 195 that has been donated to their school. The aircraft spent the majority of its flying life in Pakistan and, according to the aircraft records, may have been used as a ‘spy’ plane, keeping track of activity in India.

After-school high school group teaches kids about aviation.
An after-school group promoting aviation has been formed at the Woodstock High School in northern Illinois. The group, supported by the EAA Young Eagles takes the program a few steps farther in teaching the basics of aviation. This looks like a great effort.

In case you have been in an aviation vacuum for the past 36 hours
A violent storm moved through the Sun-n-Fun area yesterday. Here is the AOPA coverage of the damage. No serious injuries, but several aircraft and vendor displays destroyed. The show is back up and running today (Friday)

Aviation legend decides now is the time to retire.
I wonder how may other designers have five aircraft hanging in the Smithsonian. This is an LA Times article covering the career of Burt Rutan upon his decision to retire from his work at Scaled Composites.

One more check mark in the iPad column
Apparently announced at Sun-n-Fun, a company has found a way to provide XM weather to the iPad. The plan is to have it available by mid-summer this year. (Another AOPA article).

Another chance to fly in a restored WWII warbird.
This is from a Bakersfield, CA paper. It covers the touring the a P-40 and B-17 owned/flown by the Liberty Foundation from Georgia.

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