Work begins on Museum of Flight’s new Aviation Pavilion

Museum of FLight rendering

SEATTLE — Construction began Monday, April 6, on The Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion — a structure that will cover more than 20 commercial and military airplanes once completed. Aircraft that will be moved to the Aviation Pavilion upon its completion include the museum’s recently restored Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, the 787 Dreamliner, Air Force One, the Concorde airliner and the B-17, B-29 and B-47 bombers. [Read more…]

Airplane vs. animal

Wreckage of Cessa 172, Fatal Crash Site, Addison, TX. 
Excerpt of Last Transmissions:
Pilot: "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday N166ME we are going down." 
Tracon: "Where are you, and what can I do for you?" 
Pilot: "Send somebody to pick us up, I think we are going to be fine, but we have struck a bird, we've got to go down. We can't keep it straight with the power on." 
The pilot provided basic location and stated he was going to disconnect. The aircraft crashed 1.7 miles west of Areo County Airport, Frisco, TX at 1144C, July 8, 2003. The instructor pilot and student suffered fatal injuries.

How many of you have hit a bird or another type of animal with your airplane? How many of you know someone who has?

If you have, you’re not alone. According to the FAA, there were some 142,000 wildlife strikes involving civilian aircraft reported in the United States between 1990 and 2013. The FAA’s wildlife strike database breaks the occurrences down state by state and indicates if the wildlife involved were avian, mammal or reptile.

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Taxing the lead out of 100LL

California was the first state to attempt to remove the lead from 100LL by lawsuit. Unfortunately, the result of the unsuccessful CEH lawsuit only increased the cost of 100LL in the state.

Now, along comes Oregon, which wants to tax the lead out of 100LL. I have a feeling this method will appeal to other states, so prepare to see it find traction in your state legislature. [Read more…]