Brush interferes with takeoff

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Cordova, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was departing from a tidal beach in the tailwheel airplane. During the takeoff roll into the sun he lost visual references and allowed the airplane to drift to the right.

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What have you done for me lately?

Like it or not, aviation enthusiasts are often classified by non-aviation enthusiasts as “those people.” As a card carrying member of the “those people” fan club, I’m often interested in how we’re perceived and routinely blamed for the ills of society by those who don’t understand us. In general, we’re neither loved or admired. Frequently we’re assumed to be outrageously wealthy, aloof, and selfish.

Rather than blame those who blame us, I did a little daydreaming about how this relationship came to be so dysfunctional. I was also curious how we might go about reversing the trend. Given enough time I’m sure I could have come up with a solution too, but a handful of proactive pilots in Paso Robles, California, beat me to it.

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No longer business as usual for ATC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Business as usual in air traffic management won’t work, which is why the FAA Administrator is calling on the aviation industry to help in adapting and assuring the financing of new approaches. That was the message FAA Administrator Michael Huerta brought in a recent speech to the Aero Club of Washington.

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Turbo the Flying Dog receives funding

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A Kickstarter campaign to publish Turbo the Flying Dog that launched Sept. 3 became fully funded Oct. 22, surpassing 105% of its minimum goal and was ranked number two in the top 100 crowdfunding book projects.

The fully illustrated book, for children ages 4 to 8, follows the life of Turbo, who is excited to finally leave his life at the pound behind, only to find that he must get in an airplane to reach his new home.

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Precautionary landing goes bad

Aircraft: Swift GC-1A. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: East Moriches, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The airplane departed with an adequate supply of fuel in the main fuel tank but an unknown amount in the tip tanks. The Swift’s takeoff was witnessed by the mechanic who performed the last inspection on the airplane. The mechanic thought the engine sounded unusual and thought the pilot would return for landing, but he did not.

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