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Aviation Articles for October 28, 2011

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

American Airlines Flagship Newark

A notable 17 hr 14 min flight
This is from KITV in Honolulu, HI. Hawaii has always played a big part in the history of Pan Am Airlines. Now a new exhibit on the history of the airline has opened at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. It sounds like a really good exhibit. One more reason to take a vacation – as if the beach and impending cold weather aren’t enough…

Fixing the B-747-8 wingtip flutter problem
This one is from the Seattle Times. Pio Fitzgerald was born, raised and educated in Ireland and he knew that flying and the aviation world were what he wanted to do with his life. He will now be receiving several awards for his work solving the Bowing 747-8 wingtip flutter problem. Boeing Commercial Airplane Company named him engineer of the year for 2011.

Pan Am is still getting a lot of press
This article is from New Jersey. It’s a pretty good article about a former Pan Am stewardess. News outlets are still taking advantage of the popularity of the new television series by interviewing former Pan Am flight crew members.

A quick history of American Airlines
This is from Seattle, WA – an article on Airline Reporter. It’s a pretty good recap of the history of American Airlines. They initiated a lot of the things we view as commonplace in the airlines these days – reservation systems and catering as examples. OK, not catering anymore, but it used to be commonplace.

Aviation Articles for July 1, 2011

Is it already the July 4th weekend?

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

Grosse-Pointe Historical Society Photo of Wright brothers aircraft flight.

Something to do between graduation and full employment
This article is from the Daily Bruin. Shana had just graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics and had some time off before her employer needed her to start work…. what to do?

A Family with three generations of aviation lovers.
This article is from Sidney, Montana. It relates one family’s love of aviation, spanning 50 years.

The Girls in the Blue Beret
This is a book review from the Washington Post. The book The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Mason is a story of a retired airline pilot who, now widowed, grounded and unemployed, decides to go back to Europe and try to find the people who saved his life when his B-17 was shot down during WWII. It sounds like a really good book. I have ordered it and have placed an affiliate link in the right sidebar.

Another opinion piece concerning AF 447
This is from Aviation International News. Rob Mark, of Aviation Geeks Podcast fame(?), published an opinion piece on the Air France Flight 447 crash. The question, once again, is brought up about whether we are producing pilots or systems operators.

His family is an RV-4
This article is from OA Online. It is that tells a little about an individual flying out of Roy Schlemeyer Field in Odessa, TX. A nice story. It caught my eye because I have flown out of the airport – way back when. I’m not a glider pilot, but I have a half hour of time in one – with Roy Schlemeyer out of the airport that now bears his name. It was also the airport where I first soloed a Globe Swift – the one I owned for 36 years. Small world.

A story of successful mentoring
This one is from Fox Atlanta. It recounts the story of a young man mentored for the past 7 years by a group of individuals who instilled in him the gift of giving. Another nice story.

Aviation in Miami and Pan Am in New York
This article is from the Miami New Times blog. It is an article describing a new exhibit at History Miami that recounts the growth of aviation in Miami – once the home of Pan Am Airlines. It looks like a really nice exhibit.

Aviation comes to Grosse Pointe
This article is from the Grosse Pointe Patch. It recounts the flight of a Wright brothers aircraft in the Michigan town one hundred years ago.

A Buffalo man receives the Wright Brothers Award
This one is from the Buffalo News – and does not refer to the Colgan Air accident. Herman Goldstein got his first ride in an airplane when he was 13 years old and attending a Boy Scout camp – well before the Young Eagles program had begun. Now he is 88 years old and has been awarded the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

The last flying A-3 Skywarrior is now in a museum.
This one is from pnj.com. A contract civilian pilot delivered the last flying A-3 Skywarrior to the Pensacola Naval Air Station for display in the museum there. Why a contract pilot? Because he was the only one they could find still qualified to fly one.



One of my readers passed this one along, so I thought I’d add it here for everyone’s benefit. D-Dalus aircraft design introduced at Paris Airshow. No wings, stationary or rotating on this aircraft. Sounds interesting.

Flying Stories for Feb 25, 2011

Please excuse me. I could swear I set this article up to be published Friday afternoon. Today I found it still listed as a draft article. My apologies.


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

Remember that Northwest Airlines crew sent to prison for flying intoxicated? Here’s were the captain is now.
This is an article from one of the Minneapolis newspapers that recounts the events leading up to the crew being arrested. It continues by recounting the life that the captain has led since his arrest.

A few of the original Pan Am nisei stewardesses relate their experiences
This is an article from a Honolulu paper that recounts the experiences of some of the first Japanese-American Stewardesses hired by Pan Am in the 1960s. They talk about their flight experiences and the requirements levied upon them back in the age when flying was a more glamorous event.

A young girl from West Virginia finds her niche flying as a commuter airline pilot.
This is an article from a West Virginia newspaper describing the progression a young girl from their town followed to attain her goal of flying for a living. It all started with a flight she took when she was 15 years old. Her parents were solidly behind her decision to fly, but it sounds like she would have succeeded with or without their help.

A comparative look at airline performance.
This is an article from a Savannah newspaper that compares the performance of the major airlines for on-time arrivals, lost baggage and complaints. The last paragraph provides a comparison with some of the smaller airlines.

Flying in China began 100 years ago this week.
This is a ChinaRealTimeReport from the Wall Street Journal. It relates the first heavier-than-air aircraft flight in China, a short figure-eight course flown from a stadium in Shanghai. The article also goes on to provide a look into some of China’s commercial aviation plans.

A new company, Social Flights LLC, is attempting to use social media to charter aircraft.
This is a press release from the company that presents in glowing terms their idea for the use of social media for personal travel. It talks of forming ‘tribes’ of fellow travelers with like interests – sports teams, convention circuits, vacation spots, etc. – where the members could travel together on a routine basis. This appears to be an attempt to harness the current social media wave to schedule charter aircraft or empty seats on the aircraft already scheduled.

Museum loses it’s B-29 but the world may see another example flying
This is an article from a Wichita, KS paper relating their local museums loss of a Boeing B-29. The aircraft is on loan to the museum from a private individual who wants the aircraft to fly again. The Museum had planned to build a hangar specifically for the B-29. The hangar project was cancelled when the owner wouldn’t guarantee that the plane would sit in the museum for longer than the two years it may take to complete the restoration.

An airplane on a New York rooftop?
this is a jaunted.com article about what appears to be an airplane sitting on a runway in downtown New York. Yes, it’s even visible using Google Earth.

A new website for the XP-82 Restoration
The group restoring the prototype of the P-82 Twin Mustang has a recently updated website available for you. Newsletters, photos and videos that chronicle the restoration are available on the site.

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