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Flying Stories for December 28, 2012

I hope you all had a good Christmas holiday – and that Santa brought you at least one item you can use in your flying activities.

Now your assignment is to have a safe and sane New Year’s celebration.  Maybe since the new year rings in on a Monday night the celebrations will be more subdued – but I doubt it.  Have a great time but be careful out there!

Not much new on the Swift front. I have all I need to complete the annual inspection – except reasonable temperatures. I have mentioned before that my hangar is not heated. The high temperatures each day for the rest of the year are supposed to be at the freezing mark. It doesn’t look good for winter flying this year.

Boeing 307 Stratoliner

Boeing 307 Stratoliner.
Photo Credit: D.Miller/Armchair Aviator | Flickr:CC

I’m not sure how many of you have heard of the Kickstarter Program. It is set up to allow individuals or organizations to pitch their ideas or projects to potential investors through the internet. This is usually done with a video and accompanying text explaining what they are trying to accomplish. Individuals who think that the idea/project has merit can click on one of several buttons to donate to the project to help the project move along. It is VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERTAND THAT THE ACTIVE WORD IS DONATE.  There is no guarantee that the project will ever be completed or the product will ever be developed and offered for sale. Often the donate buttons offer items in return for the donations – usually associated with the product to be developed. No matter how much you would like to have one of the proposed items and you provide the maximum donation there is no guarantee that you will receive anything in return.

Having said that, I received an unsolicited email today pointing to a Kickstarter project to develop a documentary film around one of the only remaining Boeing 307 Stratoliners. There were only 10 of these planes built. One is still in flying condition – the one that the Boeing employees restored for a second time and donated to the Air & Space Museum a few years ago (after putting it into the water in Seattle on an early flight after it’s first restoration). The only other surviving fuselage is from a plane once owned by Howard Hughes. It was ultimately turned into a private yacht and is moored at a marina in Florida. Louis Trueba of TruebaMedia has established a Kickstarter Program for his effort to film a documentary on the history of the airliner-boat. You can find the kickstarter project here.  And an article from BornRich about the boat here.

I’m not saying that I endorse the project, I just thought you might be interested  in finding out that it exists.

Here are some fairly recent articles that you may have missed:

Learn to fly, beat the crowd
This is from Fosters Daily Democrat in Dover, NH. Conner Makem is a reporter for Fosters and, as he describes himself, a semi-frequent traveler. He found himself dreading the commercial flying experience. He was invited recently to take a flight lesson at a local airport – here he describes the experience and compares it to his average commercial flight…

Wright factory to be preserved
This is from AOP Online. Thanks to the auto industry the original Wright Aircraft factory buildings are still standing – the oldest original aircraft factory buildings in the world. The National Aviation Heritage Alliance in Dayton, OH has taken title to the buildings and plans to restore them as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park…

The ultimate paper airplane.
This is from the RadioTimes in the U.K. James May has always been fascinated with airplanes. “That fascination with flight is wonderfully apparent as May supervises a project for his Christmas Toy Stories special – to build a model balsa-wood glider and fly it 22 miles over the English Channel to France.” At the end of the article he gives instructions for folding his Ultimate Paper Plane.

This is from General Aviation News. Here is your first (that I have seen) wrap up of the aviation trends we saw this year and what we may see in 2013. The article by one of GAN’s editors discusses the purchasing trends seen by Sporty’s Pilot Shop over the past year. I hope the comment about taildraggers proves true…

Top 10 Air Safety Institute products of 2012
This is from the AOPA website. The AOPA Air Safety Institute(ASI) provides videos, articles and courses to pilots and prospective pilots. This article is a list of the top ten ASI products of 2012 – the most often watched/read content that they produced. Some are videos, some are webcasts answering questions posed to ATC representatives and one is a set of training flash cards. You do not have to be an AOPA member to access the material.

Aviation Articles for March 2, 2012

We had a good week for articles this time. Enjoy the reading.

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

Paper Airplanes. Photo credit: Richard Smith/Flickr::CC

Paper Airplane World Record Holders.

SkillsUSA Aviation Competition
This is from the Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY. Students from more than a dozen schools took part in the competition that tested various aspects of aviation including flight simulation, aircraft inspection, aircraft recognition and aircraft parts fabrication.

Six aviation records at age 16.
This is from the Milwaukee Courier. Jonathan Strickland had amassed six world records by the time he was 16 years old. Sounds like a young man with aviation in his future…

The Legacy of Z
This is from the Winston-Salem Journal. I have to admit that I had not heard of Zachary Smith Reynolds before I read this article. You can buy a book about one if his exploits that chronicles his flight from England to china in 1931-32. Log of Aeroplane NR-898W: Experiences, Comments, Impressions of a Flight from England to China 1931-32 (Affiliate Link)

A teacher who has the right idea about teaching
This is from the Baltimore Sun. Rob Rice teaches an aeronautics class at South River High School – but he wasn’t intimately familiar with the subject. Now he is taking flying lessons as par of the County Public Schools professional development program. What a concept! I have read a few articles from reporters who should follow his example.

From footballs to paper airplanes.
This is from the Marin Independent Journal just north of San Francisco. Joe Ayoob was a quarterback on the University of California football team. For this competition, though, he teamed up with John Collins, a television producer, to set a world record…

“Go Fly a Kite” takes on a whole new meaning.
This is from The Atlantic. Before airplanes were perfected WWI commanders were almost blind to the maneuvers of their enemies. Balloons and dirigibles filled the need, but were easy targets from the ground. One day some commander must have been day dreaming about Ben Franklin and his lightning experiments and wondered, ‘I wonder if…’

Preserving our aviation history.
This is from ABC Newspapers in Minnesota. Greg Herrick owns the Golden Wings Museum and has been an avid promoter of preserving our aviation history for years. His efforts resulted in an amendment that was added to the FAA Reauthorization bill that will benefit all antique aircraft owners.

2012 General Aviation Award Winners
This article is from Aviation Pros.com. Each year the FAA picks the best examples of several types General Aviation representatives – such as Aviation maintenance Technician, Certified Flight Instructor and Safety Team Representative. The individuals are nominated in their individual FAA Districts, are further evaluated at one of the eight FAA Regions and then the top contender is awarded National recognition. the winners have been announced, however they will not officially receive their awards until the presentation a the “theater in the Woods” at AirVenture in July. This article gives an overview of the accomplishments of each of the winners.

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