Thursday, February 26, 2009

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Air show to replace 'wall of fire' with torchlight ceremony - ABC Regional Online, Australia
The traditional "wall of fire" has been cut from next month's Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport as a mark of respect to bushfire victims and emergency crews. The chief executive of the airshow, Ian Honnery, says tributes to those ...

Pip Borrman, Australian Aerobatics Star, Killed During Practice from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Peter 'Pip' Borrman, 54, one of Australia's most popular aerobatic performers, was killed on Wednesday afternoon while practicing in his new Pitts Samson biplane, which he planned to fly for the first time in public for next month's Australian International Airshow. A witness, Peter Lott, told local reporters that the airplane took off, Borrman flew one maneuver, then there was a "weird bang" and he saw the smoke. "When I got over there the plane was just a ball of flames in the paddock," he said. According to the Edge Aerobatics Web site, Borrman was just nine years old when his father taught him to fly, and he fell in love with aerobatics as a teenager. He put his flying dreams on hold after his father was killed in a Tiger Moth accident in 1975 and went into business, but some years later he returned to aerobatic flying and eventually bought a Zivko Edge 540. He flew the Edge in airshows around the country, and in 1999 he received one of only two Ground Level Waivers ever issued in Australia. His wife of 30 years, Janet, said, "Flying was his passion, he just loved it ... he lived, ate and breathed it, he really did. Any spare time he had it was practice, practice, practice, he was just so particular."

Fly-past tribute to crash pilot - BBC News, UK
An RAF Tornado jet is to fly over the funeral of a retired RAF pilot, who died in a mid-air collision while taking an air cadet on a flight. The widow of Wing Cdr Hylton Price, 63, said he had wanted youngsters to experience the "thrill" of flying. ... releases Air Show 2009 from News is pleased to announce the release of "Air Show 2009". Featuring our new look, you will discover all the information you require to prepare for the Air Show Season. Included is the Snowbird Demo Team 2009 schedule and...

Tuskegee Airmen from Nuts About Southwest - by sheaser
This show was originally released in August of 2007. I wanted to replay this episode as part of Black History month but also because I just don’t think this group can get enough recognition. I am talking about the Tuskegee Airmen and those involved with the Tuskegee Aviation Experiment. On this episode of Red Belly Radio, I interview one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and historian, Leroy Gilleed, about how the Airmen came about and the war for these men was not only fought overseas, but right here at home.

Victory Days may be canceled this year - Terre Haute Tribune Star, IN
The 2009 event had been scheduled for October and was to include elements of the former Terre Haute Air Fair, he said. Meanwhile, local airport officials seem to be in no mood to allow Victory Days to return unless the organization pays thousands of ...

Vintage aircraft flights take New Orleanians back to World War II - The Times-Picayune -, LA
Not to mention that planes like the B-17 Flying Fortress live up to their names. The wings of the old bomber are built as sturdily as bridges, he said. The planes were designed to take a pounding from the enemy and still make it back home, ...

Phase II--Contact Your Senator regarding LASP from Max Trescott on General Aviation by Max Trescott
Since my original blog post, I’ve been in contact with some of the top leaders in the GA industry. They too are concerned about LASP and agree that your help is needed. You may have noticed that other popular blogs, including,,,, and a mileofrunway have all echoed the need for pilots to take action now. In the last few days, more than 500 additional comments have been logged at, bringing the total to over 3,400. Comments are due to the TSA by midnight of February 27, 2008, so you’ll need to act soon. For details on the issue, read the earlier post TSA’s LASP: A Solution in Search of a Problem...

LASP Comment Deadline Is Friday, Court Challenge Expected from AVwebFlash Current Issue
The Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program is causing quite a high level of concern among the GA alphabet groups, and this Friday marks the end of the comment period on the proposal. The advocacy groups are asking their members to submit comments and protest this plan, which they say would impose crushing burdens on GA airports and operators. The program would apply only to aircraft of 12,500 pounds and up, but it would mark the first time for TSA to gain access to purely private flight operations. "It would, in effect, require governmental review and authority before you could operate your own personal vehicle," says EAA. "The TSA's proposal raises serious constitutional questions about personal liberty, privacy, and freedom of movement." The plan would also impact sport aviation, such as skydiving and historic aircraft flights, and EAA says it would be especially onerous in the Alaska aviation community. "What the TSA calls an 'all-encompassing solution' is a legal death sentence to the functional present-day means that provide essential services to most of rural Alaska," one commenter wrote last week. At least one company, Carrington Capital, of Greenwich, Conn., the parent of Peregrine Jet, aims to challenge the matter in court. The suit, to be filed on Friday, contends that Congress never gave TSA the authority to institute LASP, but only directed TSA to "transmit a report on airspace and other security measures that can be deployed, as necessary, to improve general aviation security."

PFP # 43 PJ & Marilyn from The Pilot's Flight PodLog
This week we welcome PJ back into the hangar to talk about the 1940 Air Terminal and the raffle of a 1957 Cessna 172. Also, aerobatic pilot and airplace racer Marilyn Dash talks with us about some of her experience. Check it out!...

Replica Gemini 3 to land at NY's Intrepid museum - Newsday
NEW YORK - A replica Gemini 3 space capsule is expected to land in Manhattan _ at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. A crane is slated to lift the replica Gemini onto the famed World War II aircraft carrier-turned-museum on Thursday morning.

New book chronicles Embry-Riddle’s role in WWII flight training By Janice Wood
In a new book, “Embry-Riddle at War: Aviation Training During WWII,” Dr. Stephen Craft tells the story of the Embry-Riddle Co., a small Miami-based operation established in 1939 by pilot and businessman John Paul Riddle that developed into one of the nation’s largest aviation training centers for the U.S. military, its allies, and civilians. In just four years the company, which later evolved into
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, trained 26,000 pilots, flight instructors, mechanics, and aircraft factory workers at several airfields and a seaplane base in South Florida and at an airfield in Union City, Tenn. Read More→

Space Lifestyle Magazine - Winter 2009 from RLV and Space Transport News
Winter 2009 issue of Space Lifestyle Magazine is now available on line. It includes several interesting articles including reports on the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge event last October, XCOR's announcements in December about space tourism on the Lynx, research into magnetic radiation shielding, and more.

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