Saturday, February 28, 2009

Indy Transponder 28-February 1500z

Women in Aviation conference welcomes thousands - AOPA Pilot
By Julie S. Walker The twentieth annual Women in Aviation conference is under way in Atlanta, and association officials are using the word “thousands” to describe the number of attendees. You wouldn’t be surprised—there do appear to be thousands of ...

The popular U.S. television show "Mythbusters" set out to see if a sonic boom would shatter glass and enlisted the help of the famous USN Blue Angels.
Multiple Altitudes and Theories

Warbirds eyes Aussie - The Southland Times, New Zealand
Warbirds Over Wanaka is trying to crack the Australian market by setting up an exhibition stand at Australia's top international airshow. Warbirds event manager Mandy Deans will attend one of the world's biggest airshows, Avalon 2009, between March 10 ...

McDonald's resumes Thunder Funder program - Louisville Courier-Journal, KY
By Sheldon S. Shafer • • February 18, 2009 For the fourth straight year, McDonald’s Restaurants of Kentuckiana is sponsoring the Thunder Funder Program that will help raise money for the 20th annual Thunder Over Louisville ...

WWII vets get a flight back in time - WWL, LA
"If the Germans couldn't hit that, they couldn't hit nothing," said Mickey Hurley, B-17 ball turret gunner. And they had the chance to meet a hero, 87-year-old Mickey Hurley, who was a ball turret gunner on a B-17 bomber. The Metairie resident flew 33 ...

Aviation enthusiasts want to create an educational 'air camp' - Dayton Daily News
By John Nolan DAYTON - Aviation enthusiasts and business and education leaders want to create an educational camp designed to attract young students to careers in science and engineering, particularly in support of aeronautics.

Evan flies - Che Barnes from
I first met Lt. Cdr. Che Barnes in 2007 when my dad and I went to see the IAC (International Aerobatic Club) practice flying at the Tracy airport. One of the pilots was this really nice guy who said he flew for the Coast Guard. He spent a bunch of time telling me all about his plane and stuff. Then in 2008 at the Pacific Coast Dream machines car and airshow in Half Moon Bay, the Coast Guard flew in a C-130 – and Che was the pilot! Because he is a very busy guy and had to go out on many deployments, it took a while before we could hook up for an interview. I really lucked out with this interview because I got a great tour of Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento too!...

Aviation Week's Laureate Awards - Recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals and teams in aerospace, aviation and defense. Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC, March 3, 2009. 6:30pm cocktails, formal dinner and awards ceremony to follow.

Aviation Industry Expo - Focused on Ground Support, FBO/Aviation Services, and Aircraft Maintenance. The event is host to NATA's Educational Week, AMTSociety's Annual Symposium, the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Panel on Aviation Support Equipment's (JPAVSE) annual gathering, the USCG Biennial Support Equipment Conference and a wide variety of ground support and business seminars. Las Vegas Convention Center, Mar 10-12, 2009.

Mayor's Cup balloon race is canceled - Post-Bulletin
The Mayor's Cup Invitational Hot Air Balloon Race has been canceled for 2009 after discussions with the event's major sponsors and examination of projected operating expenses.

Australian International Airshow - The Avalon airshow is the largest airshow in the southern hemisphere. It is held every second year. 10 - 15 March 2009 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

2009 Indiana Aviation Safety Seminar - For GA, LSA and Ultralight pilots. A fun fact filled day of guest speakers, raffles, door prizes, vendors and friends. Everything from maintenance to the FAA on site. If you fly you need to attend this seminar. Annual event open to everyone, free admission. Clarksville Airport (JVY), March 14, 2009.

Parade of Planes - FLYING Magazine’s Parade of Planes is a regional aircraft sales expo featuring the most desirable personal aircraft on the market ranging from light sport to light turbine. A Buyer's Resources team of finance, tax and insurance specialists is available to answer questions. Addison, Texas (KADS), March 26-28, 2009.

25th National Space Symposium - Space industry executives will launch The Next Space Age with their colleagues and customers. Highlighted speaker: Alvan Toffler, futurist, author, and founder of Toffler Associates. The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 30-April 3, 2009.

New exhibit highlights '100 Missions Up North' at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from National Museum of the USAF Top Stories by (Sarah Parke)
A major new exhibit, titled "100 Missions Up North," opens March 19 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The display highlights the story of brave airmen who flew missions in the deadly skies above North Vietnam and neighboring countries during the Southeast Asia War. Located in the Modern Flight Gallery, the permanent exhibit features more than 50 historical photographs, approximately 100 artifacts, such as flight suits, boonie hats, unique patches, and first-hand accounts of the courage of many U.S. Air Force pilots and crewman.

O'Brien Talks "Inaccuracies" in Aviation Reporting, Future of Media on the "Menu" from TVNewser
Former CNN anchor
Miles O'Brien joined us on the Media Menu podcast this morning to talk about what's next for him, and all media, and leaving CNN in December.

1000 New Comments on LASP & The Doobie Brothers from Max Trescott on General Aviation by Max Trescott
Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment on the TSA’s LASP program. More than 1,000 comments were submitted in the last 5 days, bringing the total to about 4,000, which may be a record for an aviation related NPRM. Having read dozens of the comments, I can tell you that they were respectful, well thought out, and relevant to the day-to-day work of the commenters. They all opposed the NPRM—I didn’t see a single comment favoring it. Many aviation bloggers and Web sites helped spur pilots to action.

Jet change set for Fort Wayne Air Guard unit from WTHR - WTHR HOME
The Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne is going to change the type of jets it flies from the F-16 Fighting Falcons to the A-10 Warthogs.

Wright Squawks: World's largest model aeroplane

ARRL National Convention to Feature Richard Garriott, W5KWQ: from News
Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, will be attending the 2009 ARRL National Convention -- hosted by the Dayton Hamvention -- as a special guest of the ARRL and AMSAT. Garriott, who took off for the International Space Station (ISS) on October 12, became the sixth private citizen to fly with the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA) for a short-term mission on the ISS.

2008 New York City Fleet Week Published - Scott Snorteland found a unique way to avoid New York City`s legendary traffic last year -- he hitched a ride with a
Marine Air-Ground Task Force!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Indy Transponder 27-February 2240z

Thunder on the Lakeshore is a go for June 6-7 - Herald Times Reporter
Thunder on the Lakeshore air show producer Curt Drumm said that, despite the concern about the economy, all of the key sponsors are in place and the show will go on as scheduled. "This is terrific family entertainment, and at only five dollars a person ...

Warbirds eyes Aussie - Southland Times, New Zealand
Warbirds Over Wanaka is trying to crack the Australian market by setting up an exhibition stand at Australia's top international airshow. Warbirds event manager Mandy Deans will attend one of the world's biggest airshows, Avalon 2009, between March 10 ...

Matt Hall Racing | News from
MattHallRacing: Filming a documentary for The Discovery Channel - all about aerobatic flying and the effect of G forces on the body.

Airshow charge apology - BBC News, UK
The tourism boss who introduced a £5 charge for Eastbourne Airbourne tickets has apologised after the event lost £360000. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with ...

Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009 -, India
The most popular aerobatic teams in the world participated in the most spectacular event namely; Swift Glider Display Team (UK), Team Pioneer (Italy), Sukhoi 30 Squadron Jets (Russia), Scandinavian Airshow (Sweden), Saudi Hawks and Dangerous Moments ...

Day camps at Tulsa Air & Space Museum available during spring break -
If so then take a day trip and visit the Tulsa Air & Space Museum and Planetarium there you will find hands on exhibits for children of all ages. The museum not only preserves the history of air and space travel but includes the science and technology ...

New exhibit highlights '100 Missions Up North' at museum from Air Force Link Top Stories
A new exhibit titled, "100 Missions Up North," opens March 19 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force here.
The display highlights the story of brave Airmen who flew missions above North Vietnam and neighboring countries during the Vietnam War. ...

P-38 Lightning - Latest News on the P-38 Lightning WWII Fighter Plane from
Hello, P-38 Fans Everywhere,
We've got some good stuff for you this month, so let's just get started!

WAI conference–no small thing from AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points by Julie Walker
... These women love aviation–as a group they are the best advertisement for the future of aviation in this country that I've ever seen. On Thursday night, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Kathleen Vasconcelos gave the seminar "Top Five Mistakes Pilots Make," which is humorous and sobering at the same time, and attendance was remarkable. ...

Local Tuskegee Airman passes away - Shelby County Reporter, AL
He trained to be a B-25 pilot in the Pacific during World War II, but the war ended before he could go overseas, Griffin said. After the war, Ford served 30 years in the US Air Force, including being stationed at the Pentagon. ...

Out of Africa from
Beryl Markham was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic, from England to North America ...

AP Council grants free use of hangar to EAA and CAP - News-Sun, FL
"We currently have an agreement with Sebring's Airport Authority similar to this, and we bring programs like the Young Eagles and we volunteer for the fly-in breakfasts," von Eschenbach said. The Young Eagles program was launched to give interested ...

Embry-Riddle Program Offers Mentoring for Female Engineering Students from
Program helps ease transition into college life and retain women majoring in the field.

Penelope Pilot: Inspiration for little kids from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
... The site is announcning The Penelope Pilot Project, "designed to capture the imagination of girls with the character Penelope Pilot, a commercial airline pilot. The project will feature a series of books about Penelope and her friends, along with the characters' dolls."
"Instead of encouraging our girls to wait for their knights in shining armor, how about encouraging them to explore the night in their shiny airplane?" reads the Ohio-based business's Web site. ...

LASP Comment Submitted! from Airspeed by Stephen Force (Steve Tupper)

NAF El Centro from Fence Check
NAS Fort Worth from Fence Check

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Indy Transponder 27-February 1200z

Tuskegee Airmen Col. Harry Ford Gone West from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News
BIRMINGHAM AL- Early this morning Col. Harry Ford, 88, passed away at home with his wife Barbara at his side. "Harry was one of a kind," said Col. Roosevelt Lewis (ret), "He willed himself to attend the NPS Tuskegee Airmen Museum dedication; he was a man of steel and a tremendous example." …

Thunder on the Lakeshore is a go for June 6-7 - Herald Times Reporter, WI
Thunder on the Lakeshore air show producer Curt Drumm said that, despite the concern about the economy, all of the key sponsors are in place and the show will go on as scheduled. "This is terrific family entertainment, and at only five dollars a person ...

Aviation Hall of Fame Announces Call for Nominations from Aviation Earth
Do you know someone past or present in Canadian aerospace who has made an outstanding achievement towards the advancement of aviation in or for Canada? Or perhaps you know of a worthy organization that has done the same? Then consider recognizing their achievements by nominating them for induction into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Their [...]

Air Force over Wanaka - Otago Daily Times, New Zealand
It will include performances by the RNZAF Red Checkers aerobatics team and flyovers from several vintage and restored aircraft, housed at Wanaka Airport. Airport operations manager Ralph Fegan said as well as the tourist attractions based at the ...

Airshow, beard strange bedfellows for bushfire aid - Australian Star, Australia
AVALON Airshow organisers yesterday revealed plans to fund research into aviation and aerospace technology to help fight bushfires. The $250000 pledge from Aerospace Australia would boost firefighting in the wake of the Black Saturday fires a fortnight ...

Aero-TV Profiles A Show Stopper! Art Nalls' Civilian Harrier (Part 2) from Aero-News Network
For The Guy Who Must Have EVERYTHING... Art Nalls is an amazing guy -- one who has given the FAA some interesting tasks... such as administering a checkride last October -- to fly the Harrier! Art says that, "The examiner required me to demonstrate the various takeoffs and landing for VSTOL aircraft, as he was totally unfamiliar with the Harrier, so we discussed the various takeoffs and landings and the appropriate use for each. The examiner was pleased with my flying and granted me the type-rating."

Concorde - the big Four-Oh from Things with Wings by Guy Norris
Next Monday, Mar 2, marks the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the Aerospatiale/British Aircraft Corporation Concorde, the iconic Anglo-French supersonic airliner that was retired from service in November 2003. Stemming from European supersonic airliner research in the 1950s, Concorde was the result of a British and French government agreement signed in 1962. The first prototype, Concorde 001, made its maiden flight from Toulouse, France on Mar.2, 1969, and was followed just over a month later by the British-built 002 model which flew from Filton, England…

X-15 Walkaround from Air & Space Magazine

Fantasy of Flight debuts boarding pass By Janice Wood
Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, now offers an annual pass, dubbed the “boarding pass.” Read More→

Upstate NY military museum getting gift from Miss. air crew – WTEN
AP - February 27, 2009 3:15 AM ET NEWBURGH, NY (AP) - Crew members of an Air National Guard plane will be making a special presentation to the Purple Heart Museum in the Hudson Valley. An Air Guard C-17 Globemaster named "The Spirit of the Purple ...

World War II vet looks back on eventful life - Belleville News Democrat, USA
"I thought the world had come to an end," said Cole, recalling the day that his B-17 Flying Fortress was nearly shot down over Germany. A Pittsburg High School graduate, he started attending Kansas State Teachers' College, now Pittsburg State ...

Penelope Pilot encourages girls to take to the sky - AOPA Pilot
The Penelope program is sponsored by Flight Plan Magazine, a publication for women in aviation that is also launching this spring. The first issue will feature a “character form” of Penelope, a thin foam image that girls can take to airshows and other ...

Read-In’ held at museum - Xenia Gazette
FAIRBORN - More than 1000 area elementary school students converged on the National Museum of the United States Air Force Thursday and today for the the annual Read Across America “Read-In” event.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Indy Transponder 26-February 2300z

Plans Announced For Thunder Over Louisville - WFPL, KY
The official kickoff of the two-week festival draws about 750000 people to the Ohio River banks for an airshow and fireworks display. Festival President Mike Berry says the tough economic times have forced organizers to cut the pyrotechnics budget by ...

Derby Festival announces Thunder sponsors - MSN Money
The Kentucky Derby Festival Inc. Thursday announced that E.On US LLC, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, Meijer Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc. will serve as official sponsors of Thunder Over Louisville, the kickoff celebration for the Kentucky Derby ...

Economy forces changes in Thunder 2009 - WAVE, KY

Historic World War II planes visit Hattiesburg - Hattiesburg American, MS
Crew members flew a B-17, B-24 and a P-51 from Panama City to Hattiesburg as part of a 110-city Wings of Freedom Tour sponsored by the Collings Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation. Fred Lewis, pilot of the B-24 named "Witchcraft," said he ...

US Navy Blue Angels F-18 Hornet Flies into the San Diego Air ... -, MD
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Air & Space Museum is offering a very special and rare peek into the Blue Angels 2009 season as they unveil their newest addition, Blue Angel aircraft #1. The Museum's new exhibit highlights the Hornet, military flight ...

Aero-TV Profiles A Show Stopper! Art Nalls' Civilian Harrier (Part 1 of 2) from Aviation & Aerospace News
For The Guy Who Must Have EVERYTHING... You must have heard the rumors... a VSTOL Harrier "JumpJet" in civilian hands!! Well, rumor no more, ANN and Aero-TV is proud to...

Just plane wonderful! - NW Evening Mail, UK
IT was a privilege to travel with Flight Lieutenant Paul Alan Rose and his 128 Barrow Squadron to the Red Arrows base at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire. There I witnessed first-hand the stunning, articulate manoeuvres performed by the display team. ...

Wings and Wheels to return to north Suffolk - Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, UK
The Team Guinot wing walkers will return to the event and the Tiger Club Turbulent Team, flying vintage Tiger Moths in aerobatic displays, will make their first appearance. The big top Circus Masquerade, which features clowns, high-wire acts and ...

Lakes air show gets £2000 boost - NW Evening Mail, UK
Mayor of Windermere, Councillor Bill Smith, said: "We have to be mindful that the air show has been a very important part of the town for the past few years for bringing people here and boosting the economy. "I feel the community would welcome our ...

Early school start causes problems for Air Show, Paris Fair - Paris Star, Canada
A likely early start to the school year has prompted the Brant United Way to cancel the popular air show held the Wednesday before labour day weekend. The announcement was released late last week following word from the Catholic and Public School ...

HAI: 'Heli-Expo'09 a Resounding Success' from
Despite all the gloom about the recession, this year's Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., easily exceeded all expectations when it ended on Tuesday, with record attendance of 17,995 people, up from last year's record total of 17,373. ...

NC Aviation Museum Expecting New Jet Fighter - Greensboro Telegram
The gull-winged goliath came to the museum thanks to the generosity of owner Doug Matthews of Wellington, Fla., as well as the efforts of Air Associates' owners and longtime NCAM supporters Dave Turlington and Glenn Ball, and manager Jerry Jeffers.

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.

Poster ace sets sights on air tattoo - Swindon Advertiser, UK
For years the Swindon and Wiltshire skies have been home to spectacular aircraft taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford. Work is already going on ahead of this year's event. And the first fruits of that labour have gone on ...

Air Force Combat Camera Airman on Oprah today from Air Force Live by Air Force Public Affairs
We got word that today's Oprah Show (Feb 26) will feature military women in war, and Stacy Pearsall—former combat photographer with the 1st Combat Camera Squadron from Charleston AFB, SC—will be a part of the show.

Mythbusters, Blue Angels come to Yuma range - Desert Warrior, Arizona
Mythbusters co-host Jamie Hyneman listens to Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Carnicello, of the Blue Angels public affairs office, as he explains the effects of a sonic boom on a trailer Feb. 19 on Yuma's Barry M. Goldwater Range east of the air station. ...

How to Provide B-25 Flights at MacDill AirFest 2009 Air Show from
The 6th Contracting Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is looking for an organization to provide aerial demonstration flights of a World War II B-25 Bomber in support of AirFest 2009. This How To article provides information on what is required. ...

Red Flag 09-3 exercise begins from Milcom Monitoring Post by Larry
Southern Nevada residents may have notice increased military aircraft activity as the latest Red Flag exercise began Feb. 23.
Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is conducted on the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range, north of Las Vegas. Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by officials at the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and at Nellis, through the 414th Combat Training Squadron. ...

Under the wing of the B-17 from Earning My Wings: a video blog about learning to fly by Brady Lane
I went over to the hangar yesterday to check on the plane. I learned the replacement windshield will be here next week, which means soon I will be back in the air!
While I was there, I was also able to witness Aluminum Overcast's first flight of 2009. After months of winter maintenance by EAA staff and volunteers, it's great to hear those four Wright 1,200 horsepower engines fire up. The sound, the smell and the sight of the B-17 leaping off the runway is amazing! ...

Tragic airman Pip Borrman put safety above all else -, Australia
THOUGH Pip Borrman routinely performed breathtaking aerobatic stunts, few would describe the brilliant airman as a daredevil. Friends and family yesterday remembered the Shepparton pilot as a fastidious man who put safety above all else during every ...

Column: LASP is "dagger in the heart of general aviation" - SmartBrief, DC
Snyder says it is "laughable" that this airplane should receive the same security treatment as a commercial jetliner. "This would put another dagger in the heart of general aviation, an industry that has already taken more than its share of pain this ...
Anyone want to help us take Young Eagles? from Pilots of America Message Board by Diana
For you pilots who are near southwest Missouri, we could use some help taking Young Eagles this year. We have 80 eager kids waiting for an airplane ride. These kids will have all completed reading all 20 books in this year's Mark Twain Reading Program, and an airplane ride is part of their reward for reading all the books and making book reports. We combine this with the Young Eagles Program and it works out really well. These are 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. ...

Wealthier nations bid for Branson's Galactic - The Australian, Australia
Virgin Galactic has already had two "secret" flights of the Burt Rutan-designed White Knight Two mothership and expects to fly it publicly soon. White Knight Two is the world's biggest all-composite aircraft, boasting the wingspan of a Boeing 757, ...

Flying Car Reaches New Milestone. from Planenews Aviation News Portal
The designers behind a car that flies with the aid of a parachute, say they have reached another milestone in the project, flying in the skies over Africa...

'Caption Contest' #9 from Airpigz Blog by Martt Clupper

P6M SeaMaster from Military Photos by Jµµso
Corsairs, The Piston Powered Type... from Fence Check
German Air Force from Fence Check
US Airways 1549 -- Taxis through East Rutherford NJ... from ExpressJet Forum by AlohaFlyer
Red Bull DC-6B from PPRuNe Forums by b377
Photoshop Fun from Fence Check [Mig 17]
it's not every day you get to see a Collier Trophy from Twitter / myTransponder

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EAA AirVenture 2009 opening-day concert features Doobie Brothers

For more information contact:
Dick Knapinski, Media and Public Relations
(920) 426-6523


Ford Motor Company presenting July 27 concert on AeroShell Square

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Feb. 26, 2009) - After a
full opening day of flying on Monday, July 27, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2009, AeroShell Square will feel the power of more than aircraft, as the
legendary Doobie Brothers take the stage that evening, compliments of
the Ford Motor Company.

The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that
day, will be held adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar on AeroShell
Square, immediately following the afternoon air show.

"Over the last couple of years, a question that I regularly
receive from EAA members and AirVenture attendees is 'Who will be the
opening-day concert at Oshkosh?'" said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and
AirVenture chairman. "Ford has again made it possible for this popular
tradition to continue by supporting the appearance of the Doobie
Brothers at AirVenture 2009."

Like EAA AirVenture, the Doobie Brothers are known the world
over and have attracted multiple generations of fans. Led by
co-founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, the Doobies have
accumulated Grammy awards, gold and platinum records. They are
currently working on a new album of original material scheduled for
release this year.

"Over the past decade, Ford has been proud to be a part EAA
AirVenture, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," said Kevin
Keling, Ford Corporate Events Manager. "We're very happy to help
support EAA, all EAA members and this great event in a variety of ways,
including bringing top entertainment such as the Doobie Brothers to
aviation's annual family reunion."

The Doobie Brothers' unique style defies a single definition,
but has left its unquestioned mark on music history. From their first
top 40 hit in 1972, "Listen To The Music," through No. 1 hits such as
"Black Water" and "What A Fool Believes", and classic songs such as
"China Grove" and "Minute By Minute," the Doobie Brothers have created
an instantly identifiable American sound that continues to thrill
longtime fans and welcome a new generation to their music.

More information is available at the band's website at

The opening-day concert at EAA AirVenture, along with Ford Motor
Company's support of the Fly-In Theater and the vehicles used during the
event, its notable consumer presence at the fly-in and discounts on Ford
Motor Company vehicles for EAA members, continues to highlight Ford's
support for EAA members. Ford will also offer additional highlights and
benefits for EAA members and AirVenture attendees during this year's

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA
AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available
through the World Wide Web at EAA members receive
lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its
programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit

High-resolution photo images of the Doobie Brothers are available at
A full Doobie Brothers bio sheet is available at

Indy Transponder 26-February 1130z

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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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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Leading pilot Peter 'Pip' Borrman killed in plane crash - The Age, Australia
Mr Borrman is an internationally regarded aerobatic pilot who was due to perform at the Avalon Airshow in March. He began flying at the age of nine under the tuition of his father, who was killed while flying a Tiger Moth in 1975. ...

Acrobatic pilot dies in crash in Vic - Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
An aerobatic pilot has died after his ultralight plane crashed soon after take-off at an airport in Shepparton, in central Victoria. Police say the man, aged in his 50s from Shepparton, took off from the airport around 2.15pm (AEDT) on Wednesday and ...

Australian Aerobatic Pilot Lost On Photo Flight - Aero-News Network, FL

All eyes on skies Saturday - Auckland, New Zealand
But the Devon from the Commemorative Air Force based at North Shore airfield will come in its place. The 1933 DH 83 Dragon will be offering commercial flights around the Helensville area for $50 a person. Rides in microlights and general aviation ...

Singapore Airshow 2008, 19 to 24 February 2008 - VR-Zone IT ... from Google
Come catch The Republic of Singapore Air Force's Black Knights in action, flying the new-look F-16 Fighting Falcons! Set your eyes on The Royal Australian Air Force's elite formation aerobatic display team -The RAAF Roulettes. ...

Alaska Airlines to sponsor Seafair Torchlight Parade -
The floating bridges across Lake Washington close and you can see the famous Blue Angels practicing their flying turns around the city in anticipation for the big event. The two-mile parade procession (officially dubbed the "Alaska Airlines Torchlight ...

Editorial: Heroes Fly-In a worthy fundraiser, fun for families - Opelika Auburn News, AL
The 6th Annual Heroes Fly-In showcases some of the most remarkable aircraft and military vehicles in the nation. It also gives children the opportunity to see planes close-up rather than at a distance, learn the history of these aircraft, spend quality ...

Economy jeopardizes this year's Sauk Prairie Fly-In - Sauk Prairie Eagle, WI
Lodi resident Scott Kuenzi explains the radial engine of a Cessna 195 during a tour of the different planes on display during last year's Sauk Prairie Airport Fly-In on June 14, 2008. The event likely will not take place this year. ...

World War II Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum from
... On May 14, 1996, to the applause of 5,000 8th Air Force veterans, their families, dignitaries, and supporters, the vision became a reality with the dedication of Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia, just west of Savannah.

Concorde retires to new eco-home from
One of the world's most iconic aircraft is in a new eco-friendly retirement home at Manchester Airport.
A new Concorde Visitor Centre, which will display the former British Airways flagship Concorde G-BOAC, is being opened at the Aviation Viewing Park....

WK2 but no SS2 at Oshkosh from RLV and Space Transport News
Rob Coppinger is informed by Virgin Galactic's Will Whitehorn that the WhiteKnightTwo will definitely go to the Oshkosh air show in August but the SpaceShipTwo will definitely not, regardless of rumors to the contrary:
/-- Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo mothership to make public debut this July
/-- No SpaceShip Two show at AirVenture - Hyperbola

I see that there is also this announcement from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh: WhiteKnightTwo to Make World Debut at Oshkosh: VMS Eve to Open Day 1 AirVenture Air Show - EAA - Feb.24.09.

The possibility of SS2 making an appearance at Oshkosh in 2009 had been suggested by Whitehorn last summer. VG's Stephen Attenborough had been somewhat circumspect about all this earlier in the week.

Canadian Centennial of Flight Launched at 16 Wing from News A ceremony that marked the launch of Canadian Centennial of Flight celebrations in our region was held on Monday, 23 February, at the Air Annex of the Base Borden Military Museum, inside an original 1917 aviation hangar that is part...

Sabre and Silver Dart Make History - again! from marylee By Dan Dempsey Greetings all from the birth place of powered flight in Canada - Baddeck, Nova Scotia. It was a beautiful day in Cape Breton on 22 February, a day prior to the anniversary day of pwered flight. Although the wind kept a practice flight of the Silver Dart on the ground Saturday, former astronaut Bjarni [...]

The Heritage Flight Museum - KVOS, Canada [Video]

CANADA'S AVIATION HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES Call for Nominations from News Do you know someone past or present in Canadian aerospace who has made an outstanding achievement towards the advancement of aviation in or for Canada? Or perhaps you know of a worthy organization that has done the same? Then consider...

World War II MIAs recovered in Germany from Air Force Link Top Stories
A line in the Airman's creed states, "I will never leave an Airman behind."
For the McMurray Crew 801 with the 492nd Bombardment Group, that promise was fulfilled, albeit 60-plus years after their B-24 bomber went down during World War II.
An international crowd gathered Feb. 20 at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium to honor the McMurray Crew's nine members who were listed as missing in action. Their remains were recovered in a field southwest of Berlin in 2002.

Southern Museum of Flight's Tuskegee Airmen exhibit -, AL
Jim Griffin is an aviator… he understands the love for flying. "Well, I can imagine being frustrated by never having the opportunity, by never even being able to apply for something… being a part of something, and wanting to fly is a very special kind ...

RAF Association to stage Battle of Britain event at Elvington - The Press, York
By Richard Catton » A Battle of Britain memorial service and parade is set to return to the Yorkshire Air Museum, at Elvington, near York, after a five-year absence.

Thunderbolts! from Another Time by Dan Linn
Saw this music video posted on the WIX forum. Mechanical music that is! Fly along on a flight of two P-47 Thunderbolts. There is nothing like the roar of an R-2800 and to hear two is just musical! Check it out! These Thunderbolts are based at the TN Museum of Aviation.

Iconic WWII airplane up for auction - Deadline Press & Picture Agency, UK
Robert Brooks, Chairman of Bonhams, learned to fly in a Tiger Moth plane and is a proud owner of a 1940s Stampe aerobatic biplane. He said: "The sale of this Spitfire touches me personally as an enthusiastic amateur pilot and a keen student of military ...

LASP Bad for Aviation from Airviation Blog by johnnyplane

Aviation Blogs and Podcasts from by Tracy
... The youth of today are growing up in a world with "always on" internet. It is available on our phones and in our homes, in hotels and in coffee shops with increasing reliability and speed. The internet is the way we now stay in touch with each other, schedule outings and track progress. When we become curious about a subject, whether it is a news story, a conversation we overheard or something we saw as we traveled to work or school, the first place we go to find out more information is the Internet. This is the way that we are going to be promoting aviation to the younger generations. ...

Jepson music show to swing again -, CA
The concert program, held within view of restored World War II "warbirds," will feature 100 middle school students who perform music, skits and monologues related to the 1940s and USO programs.

Aerospace Camp registration opens March 2 at the National Museum ... - Media Newswire (press release), NY
Campers who have previously had little or no experience building model rockets, airplanes or plastic kits of any kind, will have the opportunity to learn about the history and science of rocketry, and build and launch several model rockets. ...

NYT #photo slideshow aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, stationed off coast of (Ted Chen)
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver from Fence Check
History comes alive at the Interpretive Center! - Carroll County Comet
We were at an airshow over the roybuilt (Roy Darnold)

Grissom Air Museum exhibits WWII P-47 Thunderbolt 'nose art' - Carroll County Comet
Grissom Air Museum, located 15 miles north of Kokomo on US31, has World War II artifacts and personal mementos on loan from the family of Lt. Gen. William E. Kepner of Miami. The entire collection is on display in the Hall of Honor. Items include a piece of nose art from the general's P- 47 Thunderbolt-fighter "Kokomo." ...

Ind. governor's damaged plane awaits fix in Ohio - MSNBC
On Monday, the governor talked about the rarity of the event and joked about it with WTHR Washington Bureau Reporter Tom Walker. "So leave it to us to break new ground - or windshields," the Governor quipped. Even though no emergency was declared, ...

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