Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Indy Transponder 24-February 0110z

Canadians will fly high at air show in September, Scott announces - Belleville News Democrat, USA
BY JENNIFER A. BOWEN - News-Democrat Organizers at Scott Air Force Base have announced the aerial headliners for its 2009 Air Show on Sept. 19-20. The Canadian Snowbirds aerial demonstration team will headline the show this year. ...

Snowbirds to pay a visit to Simcoe County - The Barrie Examiner, Canada
Ahead of their June 24 show over Orillia, members of the Snowbirds aerial acrobatic team will be at the airport performing some pre-show scouting. "This is part of their pre-show protocol," said Ellen Cohen, board member with the Community Foundation ...

Up in the air for a century - Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Canada
With help from the Snowbirds, other members of 15 Wing, aircraft restorers and an aviation historian, visitors to the museum were treated to a celebration of flight on Sunday afternoon. In Baddeck, NS, site of the Silver Dart's initial flight, ...

Canadian aviation celebrated in Ottawa - Canoe.ca, Canada
By LAURA CZEKAJ, SUN MEDIA Aviation technology has come a long way since the Silver Dart was the first fixed-wing powered aircraft to fly in Canada 100 years ago today. The creation of aviation enthusiasts Alexander Graham Bell, JAD McCurdy, ...
Air Tattoo to mark NATO Anniversary via Flightline UK
NATO 60th Anniversary
Organisers of this summer's Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire are planning to continue their strong links with NATO by staging celebrations marking the organisation's 60th anniversary.
Among the member states and partner nations already committed to demonstrating the Alliance's air power on July 18-19 are Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the US and the UK. They, along with many others, will send aircraft representing the wide variety of tasks NATO performs. Since it was established in the early 1970s, the Air Tattoo has prided itself on being a meeting place for NATO countries, giving visiting aircrew and military chiefs the opportunity to come together and exchange ideas. ...
Tattoo to host NATO celebrations - thisisgloucestershire.co.uk, UK
The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire is to host celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of NATO. Among the member states and partner nations already committed to demonstrating the Alliance's air power at the event, ...

Fly-in zooms into Whangarei - Northern News, New Zealand
The Northland Recreational Flying Club is hosting a 'fly-in' from Saturday, February 28 to March 1. A fly-in is when flying clubs are invited to visit another club, to meet up with flying enthusiasts, trade stories and have a look at other aircraft. ...

THE GOOD LIFE via Red Bull Air Race News
Life for Hannes Arch has not been quite the same since the Austrian ace won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The celebrations began in Perth when he clinched the title in November in only his second season on the circuit and they carried on back home half a world away from Australia to Austria, where he received a hero's welcome at Salzburg's Hangar 8 upon his return.
Airport FBO readies for active summer - Sparta Expositor
There'sa women's air race coming through. That'sa very large event for the area." The all-women transcontinental Air Race Classic will be held June 23 through June 26. It will start in Denver, Colo. and end in Atlantic, Iowa, with a checkpoint at UCRA.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 - Texoma 100 Air Race, Sherman/Denison, TX from FunPlacesToFly.com Aviation Events
10:00am. Open course timed speed racing open to all propeller driven fixed wing aircraft. Classes for experimental and factory manufactured aircraft. A Sport Air Racing League Championship Point series event.

HAI Heli-Expo 2009 in Anaheim was a blast!!! Back to work today! from Blogging Pilots
What a great reunion! I ran into probably a hundred or more people I know in the business from over the years at the Expo and in some of the classes. I even ran into Don Shear from Windward Aviation. He is the nicest and most welcoming man. ...

Destiny Led Kim Jones to Tulsa Air and Space Museum - Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers, OK
By CHARLES CANTRELL TULSA AVIATION TREASURES: Kim Jones, curator for Tulsa Air & Space Museum, oversees the preservation and restoration of Tulsa's aviation treasures, a role in which he has spent a lifetime in preparation. Those who fervently believe ...

Flypast honours site of historic aerodrome - Essex Echo, UK
The ceremony was accompanied by a Spitfire flypast and display in honour of Fambridge's pioneer aviators, and especially the aerodrome's founder and owner, Noel Pemberton-Billing. The memorial was unveiled by Kenneth Bannerman, director general of the ...

Veteran of Tuskegee Airmen chosen for spaceflight - SmartBrief, DC
Seeking to generate buzz for space tourism, XCOR Aerospace is offering a free spaceflight to 89-year-old Le Roy Gillead, a World War II aviator who flew with the fabled Tuskegee Airmen. XCOR's Lynx rocket ship won't be ready for liftoff before 2012, ...
Tuskegee Airman Breaks New Barriers – In Space Wall Street Journal

TSA's security plan worries operators of large helicopters - via www.ainonline.com The Transportation Security Administration's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal has received criticism from industry groups and operators of helicopters weighing more than 12,500 pounds. Operators have called the proposal "oppressive" and have expressed concern about the future of general aviation security. One of the biggest complaints about the proposal is the weight threshold. At a public hearing at Westchester County Airport in New York, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president and CEO Ed Bolen said the threshold is unrealistic. "Make no mistake about it: the 'large aircraft' security program will apply to some very small aircraft," Bolen said. "The weight threshold needs to be substantially raised." Robert Truckenmiller, director of ops for Weatherstone Air, a Part 91 AgustaWestland AW139 operator, told HAI Convention News that the 12,500-pound...

Now that the Oscars are over… via AOPA Pilot Blog
…and Slumdog Millionaire swept the boards, can we please talk about aviation films?
The National Aviation Hall of Fame will screen its Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation next month. Thirteen films and documentaries will be shown over four days (March 12-16) in Dayton, Ohio. They'll be screening a pretty diverse selection ranging from classics (Twelve O Clock High) to more contemporary films (Always, Memphis Belle). Here's a complete list. Plus there'll be Q&A with names you know, like Cliff Robertson and Clay Lacy, and a host of others.

Movie Monday - February 23 - Boeing B-52 Stratofortress via FlightBlogger - Aviation News
Happy Monday everyone! This week's movie tracks the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and its evolving role over the last half century from high-altitude strategic bomber of the 1960s to low-level tactical bomber of the 1970s. What's missing from this documentary is the B-52's significant role in advancing the cause of aeronautics as a flying testbed and drop ship for numerous technology demonstrators, though the examination of its military applications are important for understanding the context for its long survival as an operational bomber aircraft.

This Week In Military/Aviation History 23 February - 1 March from Warbirds Online by Tom Kwiatkowski Sr.

AirPigz Funny Money - Worth Slightly More Than The Paper It's Printed On! via Airpigz Blog
The treasurer of the Pig Pen has authorized the printing of official AirPigz money in $5 and $20 denominations. You may already know that you can earn $20 in this currency by winning the 'Caption Contest' played right here on the AirPigz site... and $5 by winning the AirPigz 'Name The Plane' game. ...

Inside the Lunar Electric Rover (LER) via How I Am Becoming An Astronaut
The Lunar Electric Rover (LER) is still going through design reviews, but here's a sneak peak inside!
Check out this link for some images on the progress of NASA's Constellation Program: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/02/progress_on_nasas_constellatio.html

Girl Scouts make rockets fly in Live Oak! - Jasper News, FL
Forty-two Girl Scouts in Hamilton and Suwannee counties gathered in Live Oak recently for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Stomp Rocket Launch. Seven Girl Scout Cadettes from Troops 225 and 130 taught thirty-five Girl Scout ...

Patriotism Museum Reopens in Atlanta via Military Top Stories Center on 2/23/09
More than seven years later, the 9/11 attacks still bring tears to the eyes of visitors to the newly reopened National Museum of Patriotism in downtown Atlanta.
Katharine Burnette, a 17-year-old from Roswell, and her mother, Melanie Eyre, were at the museum on its re-opening day Sunday, viewing a partially finished exhibit on the 2001 terror attacks.

*Reno Air Races* on Flickr - Photo Sharing! via Google
Another Waco with a BIG engine. The act is "Dueling Wacos" Jim Franklin was one of the pilots.

Rolls inks $400M helicopter engine deal via IndyStar.com
Aerospace and defense contractor Rolls-Royce said today that it has signed a 10-year, $400 million agreement to power two types of Bell Helicopters with Rolls-Royce model 250 engines.

Daniels' damaged plane awaits fix in Ohio from www.greenfieldreporter.com
An Indiana aviation crew will head to Ohio so they can repair a state-owned airplane that was carrying Gov. Mitch Daniels when both of its windshields cracked. ...

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