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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The future of fuels

Fuel is the lifeblood of aircraft and pilots. Most aircraft need it to power their engines; pilots need it, in the form of oxygen and proper nutrition, to power themselves. The November issues of General Aviation News will turn the spotlight on fuels — all kinds — and look at the current state of affairs, as well as what we can expect

As always, we’d love to hear from our readers. Email General Aviation News Editor Janice Wood with your feedback.

Air & Space Museum receives $6 million pledge

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum received a $6 million pledge from Anne and Travis Engen to support preservation and conservation of the museum’s collection.

This contribution will establish a permanent endowment for a Chair in Conservation and a post-graduate fellowship program that will enable the museum to expand and enhance its conservation efforts. The Engens’ gift is made as part of the Smithsonian Campaign, which launched publicly Oct. 20.

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Wind puts Cessna in ditch

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Seneca Falls, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot did not obtain a preflight weather briefing before departing on the local flight. At the time of departure the wind was from 270° at 9 knots.

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