AD appears to ground T-34 fleet pending
action, follows second Texas Air Aces fatal crash
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an Emergency AD
applicable to all T-34 aircraft, all models. This action follows
the second accident involving a Texas Air
Aces T-34 in which the instructor pilot and passenger perished
after eyewitnesses reported separation of one of the aircraft's
wings, with a subsequent loss of control of the aircraft. The
first Texas Air Aces accident took place on November 19, 2003, and
Seventy Sport Pilot Examiner (SPE) and Sport Pilot Instructor
Examiner (SPIE) candidates were recently notified that they have
been selected by the Light-Sport Standardization Selection Board to
take the Examiner test, thus moving past the first hurdle in the
Sport Pilot process.
Christmas came early for more than 70 Make-a-Wish children and
their families when they boarded two of Fleet Logistics Support
Squadron (VR) 52’s aircraft on the base’s flight line
for their Fantasy Flight to the North Pole December 4.
“Meeting Santa was my favorite part of the day.
The plane [ride] was fun, too. I liked hearing the pilots radio the
North Pole before we landed there.”
Source: Grace Foster, a child who "flew"
to the North Pole on one of VR-52's C-9B's out of NAS Willow Grove,
describing her adventure. This is the 12th year that VR-52 has been
giving children rides to the North Pole in a partnership with the