Thursday, March 5, 2009

Indy Transponder 5-March 0800z

Captain Steve brings the Snowbirds home -
This summer, Thompson will be leading the Snowbirds here for an air show at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport. Thompson requested that the Sault be added to the team's schedule for its 100th anniversary tour and air show chairman Dick Craftchick (also ...

Grand Slam International (GSI) announced today that it has been selected by Australia's very own top gun pilot Matt Hall as the exclusive commercial agency for Matt Hall and Matt Hall Racing which will compete in the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Hall is a former RAAF pilot and top gun instructor who flew combat missions in Iraq as late as 2003 and this year will become the first Australian ever to compete in the Red Bull Air Race Championship, the world's largest spectator sporting event.
Under the agreement, GSI will exclusively represent the commercial rights of Matt Hall Racing including branding, signage, advertising, promotion, hospitality, footage rights, image rights, merchandising and product bundling rights.
The Red Bull Air Race Championship now reaches over 500 million TV viewers globally, has a net media value of $58 million and draws average crowds of 400,000+ making the sport an attractive investment for some of the world's biggest brands. ...

Changes At The Top At EAA from AVwebFlash Current Issue
For the last 50-plus years, two Pobereznys have been at the helm at EAA -- first Paul, the founder, now 87, and then his son Tom -- but that is about to change, at least partly. On Wednesday, EAA said Tom Poberezny will take over as chairman of the board, a position that Paul stepped down from recently, and also announced that Tom is ready to step down as president as soon as EAA finds the right replacement. Tom Poberezny said he will begin work with the board to initiate and lead a search for a new president, who will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations. As chairman, Tom Poberezny will provide ongoing counsel to the organization while focusing specifically on building EAA's endowment. "It is my goal to responsibly secure the future of this organization and provide continuity of leadership," Poberezny said.

B-17 Soars Over North Texas - KERA, TX
They were the famous Flying Fortresses of World War II, but only a handful of B-17 bombers remain today. The Liberty Belle Foundation flew a restored B-17 into North Texas this week and KERA's Bill Zeeble flew back in time. ...

Navy Week Kicks-off in Phoenix - Navy Compass, CA
The Leap Frogs, a flight simulator, and a SEAL Fitness Challenge are a few of the awareness events scheduled during Phoenix Navy Week which runs March 4 -14. Navy Band Southwest "Destroyers" band will also play free concerts during the celebration. ...

Family to get pilot's items 50 years after crash - San Jose Mercury News, USA
The fact that he was an aviator back then was awesome to me. Not only was he a good aviator, but he was good enough to be commander of the Blue Angels." The son followed his father by joining the Marines and flying the F-4 fighter jet from 1968 to 1972 ...

The British Jet Heritage Centre, Bruntingthorpe, UK. - from avimuseumzone by WireFox
The airfield at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire, is home to the British Jet Heritage Centre. On the site of the former RAF Bruntingthorpe which had Vickers Wellingtons stationed there during the second world war. Post war saw real 'class' arrive in the form of the B-47 Stratojets of the 100th BW. Also there were Douglas RB-66Bs of the 10th TRW from Alconbury for a time. It has a very long runway indeed, and is ideal for todays various groups using the site for fast taxi-runs ...[more]

World's Biggest Space Party Comes to Hampton Roads - SYS-CON Media, NJ
Partygoers will join 198 cities, in 51 countries, for Yuri's Night, a celebration of space exploration, April 4, 2009 , from 7 pm to midnight at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown Hampton . Yuri's Night Hampton Roads' high-tech theme will ...

NH Space Museum Honors Shepard, McAuliffe - FOXNews
Now, New England's first air and space science center is opening to carry on the legacy of two New Hampshire space heroes: Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe.

Airport expansion plans taking off - Lincoln News Messenger, CA
Originally built as a training base for B-25 bombers in 1942, the airport did not need an arrivals-and-departures terminal. When the city acquired it as surplus property in 1947, a dedicated arrival-and-departures facility was never built, Daly said. ...

HAI Urges TSA to Withdraw Its Large Aircraft Security Proposal - from Vertical Online RSS Feeds - News Page
On February 27, 2009, the Helicopter Association International submitted formal comments in response to the Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). HAI requested that the agency withdraw the proposed regulations and to establish an aviation rulemaking committee to bring the private sector into the process to develop a realistic, workable and cost-effective regulation based on logic and need. ...

Rarity's £184000 stamp of approval - Scotsman, United Kingdom
Valuers had estimated that the "inverted Jenny" stamp would fetch £150000 when it went under the hammer at the sale in Warwick. But the 24-cent stamp, with a picture of an aeroplane mistakenly printed upside down, sold for £34000 more than expected. ...

Flying Across America: The Book from Things with Wings by Jennifer Michels
Hey, all you aviation enthusiasts and history lovers out there.
There is a new book out by Daniel L. Rust, assistant director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri, that is a "colorfully illustrated history of air travel, emphasizing the personal experience of commercial flight," according to the promo piece on it. Think coffee table book. Think old posters of TWA, the DC-3 and 50s-era flight attendants.
The book, which traces the evolution of commercial aviation in the U.S., does contain in its 260 pages information on the history of unions, racism in America, sexism, and the dawn of the airplane meal. It is published by the University of Oklahoma Press, and is available from

Fire Fighting Helicopters from Fence Check

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