Highlighted By Significant Interest In Sport Pilot
Preliminary figures from the Thirty-Second Annual COPPERSTATE
Regional EAA Fly-In, held October 7 through 10 at the Phoenix
Regional Airport (A39) near Maricopa (AZ), portend a bright future
for sport aviation. Initial indications are that the new Sport
Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) rules, in effect since only
September 1, have stimulated a renewed interest in sport and
recreational aviation for many potential pilots.
Airlines Furious Over Prospect Of Losing Midway
If the Bush administration has its way, the airport on the
island of Midway will soon be shut down for good. That will leave a
lot of the twin-engine commercial aircraft operators that fly the
Pacific with few alternatives and the airlines are hopping mad.
Lightly Attended, The Event None-The-Less Shows Promise
Sebring, Florida, has just finished hosting the first Sport
Pilot-Centric public event dedicated solely to that (hopefully)
burgeoning market. Well-organized and laid-out, the event appears
to have a lot going for it… if people start attending in
better numbers than were seen at the inaugural outing.
They Defend Experimental Aviation In Wake Of Fatal Mishap
Homebuilt aircraft date back to the very first plane, built by
Orville and Wilbur Wright. That's the word from pilots in Fitchburg
(MA), on the heels of a fatal accident involving a homebuilt Zenith
aircraft last week. Pilot Charles Schwartz was killed when the
aircraft plowed into a machine shop near the airport on
Wants AAA, Combat Patrols -- SOMETHING -- Done About Indian
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., son of the US Senator gunned down in Los
Angeles during a presidential campaign stop in 1968, says the Bush
administration lied when it claimed to be doing everything it could
be doing to "harden terrorist targets."
EAA and its Warbirds of America division are responding to a
measure that could end underwater salvage operations of abandoned
military aircraft, removing the possibility that some vintage
warbirds could be saved and restored instead of lost forever.
When Jim Bogle, the school superintendent in Lebanon (MO), moved
to Crocker to take a similar job, he considered a unique idea:
reward high-performing students with high flight -- a ride in a GA
The Red Baron Pizza Squadron celebrates its 25th year in 2004,
making it the oldest civilian air show team in aviation. Speaking
for his teammates, Jim Keller, Travis Aukes and Erick Nodland, Jeff
Randall told a newspaper in Clayton County (GA) over the weekend,
"Every day is fun on this job."
Manual Provides Self-Defense Advice For Frequent Flyers
A cup of coffee. A magazine. A necktie. A can of soda.
These are all run-of-the-mill items in the cabin of any commercial
passenger flight. But in this new age of threat and counter threat,
they are also weapons that could foil an attempt to hijack the
plane you're on.
By Warren McIlvoy, BC-1
My wife and I were going to Page for the Breakfast Club event to
the Wahweap Lodge. After a normal run-up, we took-off on
Scottsdale’s runway 3. At about 500’, we turned towards
the north. The take-off was normal, the climb-out was normal (at
least up to this point). At about 2800’ MSL and about 3 miles
north of the airport, I suddenly felt and heard a loud bang. My
very first impression was that a tire had blown-out. But after a
very few brief seconds, I felt a slight vibration with an
associated power loss. The elapsed time between the bang and my
decision to do a 180, was maybe 8-10 seconds.
Suzanne Parish Gives University Her Private Aircraft
Suzanne D. Parish, one of the nation's best known pioneering
women aviators, turned her personal jet over to educators at
Western Michigan University's College of Aviation last week,
boosting the college's work with future aviation professionals.
The latest crew to live and work aboard the International Space
Station took a brief break early this week following handover from
its their departing colleagues, then began in earnest to acclimate
themselves to their new home and orbiting laboratory.
Those tax breaks Boeing's coaxed out of local governments aren't
subsidies. They're "bargaining chips." So says Boeing CEO Harry
Stonecipher, replying to Airbus allegations that the Chicago-based
company has enjoyed a number of local tax breaks which amount to
government backing of the aerospace giant.
China, long thought by military analysts to be on the trailing
edge of technology, will use its biggest airshow next week to
showcase a wide range of advanced hardware. In fact, one of its
biggest advances to be displayed at the Fifth China International
Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai will be the unveiling
of a "short-range ultra-low-altitude portable air defence missile",
according to the Xinhua News Agency.
When NASA's microgravity experiment platform was introduced
decades ago, it was very quickly dubbed the "vomit comet." That
wasn't a happy pet name. Rather, it was an indication of the
stomach-churning endemic to long parabolic flights.
"At a show a man came up to me and said, 'I trained in that
airplane.' I said, 'Yeah, that's great, you know, I hear that all
the time,'" Randall said. "But then he said no, I trained in that
airplane with that tail number!"
Source: Red Baron Pizza Squadron veteran Jeff
Randall, speaking for his teammates, Jim Keller, Travis Aukes and
Erick Nodland about the team's 25th anniversary this year. That
makes the Red Barons the oldest civilian act in air show aviation.
The squadron flies Stearmans built in the 1930s and 1940s. And, as
evidenced above, some of the people who attend their air shows have
a personal history with those planes.