Sunday, February 22, 2009

Indy Transponder 22-February 1230z

Red Bull Air Race World Championship Returns to Abu Dhabi - XPRESS, United Arab Emirates
For the fifth year in a row, under the patronage of Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and with the unstinting efforts of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Red Bull Air Race World Championship lands in the ...

NASCAR drivers fly, too! - Listen to Matt Kenseth, who recently won the Daytona 500, talk about his flying experiences in this Let’s Go Flying interview. Then learn about other NASCAR drivers who are also pilots.

AOPA's Fuller Announces Changes To Expo Format from Aero-News Network
Annual 'Aviation Summit' Will Expand Focus On Advocacy Efforts While delivering the keynote address at the 2009 Northwest Aviation Conference on Saturday, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association president Craig L. Fuller announced an ambitious new plan for the Association's annual meeting, to be held later this year in Tampa, FL.

Vertical Magazine Announces Launch of Photo Contest from Vertical Online
MHM Publishing, publisher of Vertical Magazine and Vertical 911 Magazine, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2009 Vertical Photo Contest. From March 15 to October 1, readers of Vertical and Vertical 911 are encouraged to submit their personal photos in any of three categories: Helicopters in Action, People and Helicopters, and Helicopters in the Field. The contest is open to any photographer — amateur or professional — who is at least 18 years of age…

Tuskegee Airman Breaks New Barriers – In Space - Wall Street Journal
XCOR Aerospace, a startup based in Mojave, Ca., is offering Mr, Gillead, a World War II aviator who was a member of the fabled Tuskegee Airmen, a free trip to briefly experience the thrill of zero gravity. XCOR made the announcement that Mr. Gillead ...

More on XCOR and Tuskegee Airman flight from RLV and Space Transport News
announcement from XCOR is highlighted in the Wall Street Journal : Tuskegee Airman Breaks New Barriers – In Space - - Feb.21.09. The item about the first commercial flight in 2012 seems pessimistic since the first test flights will start in 2010. The Rocketship Tours site says that commercial flights will start in 2011. Delays are possible, though, since I've been told that they have set a requirement for a large number of successful flights in a row before going to commercial operations. If there is any serious problem during a flight, they will reset and start from the beginning until they achieve the required sequence of unblemished flights. Too bad I didn't do a Google News search on XCOR a few days ago and scooped the Tuskegee announcement: UCR Celebrates Tuskegee Airmen: Feb. 21 event will recognize the role of women in the Tuskegee experience - UCR News - Feb.9.09.

February's Plane Crazy Saturday from Mojave Skies by Alan Radecki
The February edition of the Mojave Transportation Museum's Plane Crazy Saturday attracted 53 aircraft of all shapes, sizes and speeds, and well over a hundred visitors who delighted in the opportunity to wander amongst the planes and chat with the owners and pilots.

Local veteran reflects on his brush with death - Woonsocket Call, RI
The old waist gunner boarded the B-24 in Waterbury, Conn., and joined a B-17 heavy bomber, a B-25 medium bomber, and a P-51 fighter for flight into North Central State Airport in Lincoln. He met Ray Jette of Central Falls, and the late Thomas E. Devlin ...

Tony Bingelis Scholarship applications open By Tom Norton
“The Tony Bingelis Scholarship Fund, formerly The Texas Fly-In, has opened is 2009 scholarship application cycle, the organization said on Feb. 18. Application deadline is June 1. Read More→

Best $100 Hamburger of 2009 Announced from My Flight Blog by tmacrock
John Purner, author of "The $100 Hamburger: A Guide to Pilot's Favorite Fly-In Restaurants" recently announced his Best of the Best list for 2009. Leading the pack as the best $100 Hamburger was Southern Flyer Diner in Brenham, Texas (11R)....

Group raises funds for Bell museum -
The Innovation Centre will feature the full-scale replica of the Silver Dart constructed by the Aerial Experiment Association 2005, a group of aviation enthusiasts from Welland, Ont. The centre will also include an interactive aviation exhibit, ...

Avro Arrow to spread wings in new museum - Toronto Star
But yesterday Mills, now 86, gazed in adoration at the massive replica of the CF-105 Avro Arrow at the opening of the new Canadian Air and Space Museum - formerly the Toronto Aerospace Museum - 50 years after he worked in the pipe shop during the ...

New museum to house Avro Arrow replica - Winnipeg Sun, Canada
By THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian Air and Space Museum CEO, and former Avro Arrow employee, Claude Sherwood speaks to the crowd in front of a full-scale replica of the legendary Avro Arrow regarding the New Canadian Air & Space Museum "Takes Flight" on ...

Kiev: MIG-29 - The museum of Soviet aviation in Kiev: Panoramic photo by Andrew Usatyuk.

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