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British Columbia airport under threat of closing: Save Osoyoos Airport
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Since 2011, Osoyoos Town Council, the mayor and town staff have been meeting regularly with several members of the business community — who later formed the Osoyoos Airport Development Society — to discuss the development and expansion of the Osoyoos Airport (CBB9) presently 2,575 feet paved.

There has unfortunately been a recent motion passed by Town Council to repurpose the airport lands for industrial use. Their reasoning is that the airport is underutilized and does not serve as an economic driver in any meaningful way.
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High-flying daredevils realize with no risk, there's no business in breathtaking new series Airshow
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From the ground, it can look rather glamorous, but every year more airshow pilots are tragically killed than in any other job in entertainment. Pilots who survive on the airshow circuit need to be part salesman, part stuntman and partly unhinged! A 12-episode original Canadian series produced exclusively for Discovery channel, Airshow airs Mondays at 10 p.m., Eastern/7 p.m., Pacific.

The series is the uniquely-told story of courage and danger in a world fueled by a volatile mix of skill, bravado and science. Using the latest camera technology to take viewers on an unforgettable ride, Airshow is a perfect mix of eye candy and stomach-churning story, showcasing these incredible personalities driven to follow their dreams in pursuit of one of the most dangerous part-time professions on the planet.

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Yukon pilot aims for authenticity in bush plane restoration
CBC News
A Yukon pilot is painstakingly working his way through the restoration of two classic bush planes that will eventually find a home at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse. Bob Cameron, who has been flying planes in Yukon for 54 years, has been working on a WACO biplane and a 1928 Fairchild for about a decade and still has years to go before he's finished. Cameron says he wants the planes to be correct in every detail.
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Flying high with Rotary simulator
Cambridge Times
"It was awesome," exclaimed Kathleen Dick, past-president of the Rotary Club of Cambridge North, as she kept the small aircraft flying level over the City of Cambridge. It was the first time for Kathi to be at the controls of an airplane. However, she really wasn't up in the plane, she was flying a simulator at the Lt.-Col. Ronald F. Gowing Cadet Youth Development Centre at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.
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Saskatchewan stunt pilot living the dream
CBC News
It's the nightmare scenario for most pilots — losing control of the plane, and falling out of the sky. But falling out of the sky is precisely what Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, pilot Stefan Trischuk dreamt of doing throughout his life, and now does on purpose as frequently as he can. Trischuk spent years and countless hours pursuing the certification he needs to become an airshow pilot. Now, a new reality TV show is displaying the scariest and most exhilarating moments of his journey.
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More than a pretty face
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The cowling surrounding a reciprocating engine is a sophisticated aerial garbage disposal. Its job is to throw away about $1.50 out of every $6 you spend on avgas. Gasoline contains more energy per pound than TNT, but engines turn only about a quarter of that energy into useful power. What happens to the rest? It dribbles off as waste heat, to be absorbed by the atmosphere. Half blows out the exhaust pipe; some of that, however, can be harvested and put to good use by a turbocharger.
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WWII POW reunited with last B-26
General Aviation News
Barney Wasowicz's B-26 Marauder was shot down by a German Focke-Wulf 190 over occupied France in 1944. He then spent 16 months as a German prisoner of war. After the war, Wasowicz chose once again to serve others by becoming a Detroit firefighter. Now, some 71 years later, Wasowicz said, "Eventually I forgot about the war. I think everything would have become a blur if I hadn't run across the opportunity to see the last B-26 bomber. When John Stonecipher of Guidance Aviation heard about my story, he offered to fly me to Fantasy of Flight to see it."
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How a British HEMS company survives as a nonprofit
By Mark Huber
Well, it looks like Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will start flying helicopter EMS missions for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in a few months, my previous advice as to the wisdom of this career move notwithstanding. For the sake of the prince and his growing family, I hope all goes well. East Anglian differs from its American counterparts in that it is operated as a nonprofit, charitable venture that relies on a variety of funding sources.
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The flight trainer who flunked 9/11 hijackers
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Imagine, for just a moment, you're Rick Garza. It's right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and no one wants to fly. The airline industry has been practically grounded — and so are your hopes of ever working in it as a pilot. You still send out applications, knowing the competition is stiff among a growing pool of qualified, out-of-work pilots. But you also know that at some point, potential employers are going to look into your background and find out: You were the flight instructor who trained, and then flunked out, two of the 9/11 hijackers.
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Man sentenced for pointing laser at police helicopter
AVweb
A Maryland man pleaded guilty to a federal charge of pointing a laser at a Baltimore County police helicopter in 2014, the Baltimore Sun reported. The helicopter was flying over a high school in September when a green laser beam twice illuminated the cockpit, according to the Sun's report on the court case.
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