FAA issues tire safety alert

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a safety alert for operators to emphasize the importance of maintaining correct aircraft tire pressure.

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NBAA challenges Wall Street Journal

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week challenged a “one-sided view of business aviation” put forward in a front-page story by The Wall Street Journal.

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Canadian Centennial of Flight Relay

This year is the 100th Anniversary of the first powered, heavier-than-air, controlled flight in Canada, made by J.A.D. McCurdy in the Silver Dart on the frozen surface of the Bras D’or Lakes near Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Under the leadership of the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center, aviation museums and aviation heritage sites across Canada will celebrate that milestone with a coast to coast relay by vintage aircraft.

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Luftwaffe flying wing at San Diego Air and Space Museum

A replica Horten 229 flying wing is being unveiled on June 24 as part of the San Diego Air and Space Museum‘s World War II Gallery.

The National Geographic Society and Northrop Grumman Corporation teamed up to build the flying wing for a new television documentary premiering June 28. The top-secret Nazi fighter was replicated to determine whether Hitler’s military had stealth capabilities three decades ahead of the United States.

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Historic Essex County Airport has a lofty past

The general aviation airport in Essex County, New Jersey, is, at the age of 80, “a place of stories as varied as the 283 aircraft … parked off its two runways,” wrote Philip Read in the June 21 Essex Star-Ledger. The facility, operated since 1975 by the Essex County Improvement Authority, also is “home to three flight schools and the sense of adventure that comes with flying,” he wrote.

The airport, at one time a dairy farm, traces its beginning to September 1929, when the airfield was opened. It did not have an official grand opening, or the accompanying air show, until Oct. 26, 1930, said Alex Davidson, a 62-year-old pilot who made his first solo flight at the airport in 1964.

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Aviation group starts youngsters flying

Christian Ramirez, 12, had thought he’d seen all his hometown had to offer until he took his first flight and saw it from the sky, according to a June 21 article in the Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record.

“Butte College looks bigger on the inside,” Christian, a Chico native, said. “It just looks so small from up here.”

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WWII bomber recovered from Lake Michigan

A World War II dive bomber removed from the depths of Lake Michigan flew combat missions during that war, an official from a Hawaiian museum told the Waukegan (Illinois) News-Sun on June 20.

Kenneth DeHoff, executive director of the Pacific Aviation Museum, said the Douglas SBD Dauntless raised from the Great Lake near Waukegan will make its way to the aviation museum in about three years, after being restored at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

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‘Shoestring staffing’ at radar facility closes busy airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration was forced to close several air corridors for 30 minutes, June 19, as a “desperation move” to avoid a serious safety risk when its “poor management and woeful staffing reached this breaking point” at Washington Center, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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WASP to receive top civilian honor

Legislation honoring the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), who flew more than 60,000,000 miles from 1942 to 1944 on every type of assignment but air combat, has passed both houses of Congress, the online newsletter AVweb reported on June 22.

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EAA group inspires Cub Scouts

“The Frederick (Maryland) airport is a neighborhood airport that lends itself well to the community,” said Charlie Abell, EAA member and former Frederick airport manager, in a June 22 interview with Ike Wilson of the Frederick News-Post.

Frederick EAA Chapter 524 recently held a Young Eagles day for Cub Scout Pack 1811. [Read more...]