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Aviation Stories for March 30, 2012

Still no flying this week. Even if I had planned on attending Sun-n-Fun this week, I never would have made it out of the area. The winds at the house have been hitting 30 knots virtually every day. It has been caused by a really long string of low pressure systems moving through the area. Today it was spitting rain most of the afternoon, though nothing is showing on the radar. Fly-ins out here on the left coast start in a couple of weeks – here’s hoping the weatherman gets the NOTAM.

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

PBY Catalina

PBY Catalina

Recovering and Restoring
This is from the Star News Online in Wilmington, N.C. Randy Ferris of Marengo, IL used to run a string of gas stations but aviation was his real passion. His father had flown B-17s in WWII and flying was ‘ in his blood.” He sold his gas stations, became a crop duster and searched for a warbird to restore…

Back in the air again.
This is from the Beacon-News in Aurora, IL. Don Thomson, 91 years old, got back into one of his naval Aviation trainer aircraft recently. Thomson Flew missions in the PBY Catalina for the Navy from 1942-1946.

Monument woman fulfills her dream
This is from the TriLakes News in Monument, CO. Janelle Baron is one of those success stories we all wish we could emulate – a person who set a goal and did whatever was necessary to achieve it. Why don’t you give it a try…

Aviation Articles for August 12, 2011

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

biplane toys

Teenage Show-off
This one is from the Hannibal Courier-Post (MO). It seems that when Dillon Barron turned 16 he decided to do it by getting into the record books.

They start their aviation programs early in Texas.
This article is from Brownsville, TX. I thought this was just another article about a school aviation program – and it is. But then I noticed the age of the girl spotlighted in the article. She has already passed her PPL knowledge test once. Too bad it didn’t count…

I really can’t believe her reaction
This one is from the San Francisco Chronicle, but it happened just outside Chicago. The 75-year-old pilot hopped into her Piper Cub parked outside her house and went for a short flight, something she tried to do every day. This one didn’t end so well… Basic preflight planning would have helped. Since I added this link to my draft article earlier this week I have seen the article referenced in several other online publications – I doubt you could have missed it.

One way to spend your wedding anniversary
This article is from Eureka, CA. This couple has been flying together since they got married. For this anniversary they decided to try setting a record. Now they’re in the NAA record books.

Monroe, LA – Who Knew?
This one, obviously, is from Monroe, LA. The city is having an aviation celebration tomorrow (Sat, Aug 13th). The article lists the contributions that Monroe citizens have made to aviation in it’s description of the planned festivities. I had no idea…

This sounds like a fun adventure
An article from Port Townsend, WA. What better way to put your 1931 biplane to work than to fly it across the country to a fly-in. She could probably write a book about the adventure…

It’s getting harder to fly your model airplane in the SF Bay area.
This one is from the Contra Costa Times. Just like the bigger airports, radio-controlled aircraft fields are being shut down by the usual suspects – housing developments and environmental complaints.

A WWII veteran remembers
This article is from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. A 90-year-old veteran talks about his experiences flying a B-25 from Attu in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

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