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Aviation Hall of Fame welcomes Langley Snowbird
Langley Advance News
A man with a passion for flying who has made a huge commitment to the aviation industry and the community has been named to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The honour is being bestowed upon George Miller, a retired Royal Canadian Air Force colonel, Team Leader of the Canadian Snowbirds Aerial Demonstration Team in the 1960s, and Team Leader of the Fraser Blues Formation Team, which is renowned for its numerous local Remembrance Day fly-pasts.
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Flash from the past: A piece of aviation history
Waterloo Region Record
It was in 1909 when Frenchman Louis Blériot flew his revolutionary monoplane, the Blériot XI, across the English Channel. New aircraft makers emerged to become the main attractions of the aerial exhibitions, where powered aircraft and balloons competed to lift cargo and passengers before potential investors and ticket-buying spectators. So, one might wonder, what was the famous channel-crossing Blériot XI doing in a hayfield outside of Berlin, Ontario, according to a photo purportedly taken in 1910?
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Acquired aviation
The Lewisporte Pilot
Recently, Gander's College of the North Atlantic campus in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, got a couple of new trainers: a Cessna Skymaster and Beechcraft King Air, worth a combined value of nearly $800,000. The Beechcraft King Air model was used as an air ambulance all over the province to transport people in immediate need of medical care while the Cessna was used in conjunction with the province’s water-bombing fleet as a "spotter" during forest fires.
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Retired pilot Bob Pitcairn remains on the fly
The Guardian
The hijacking 40 years ago was not even his worse flight. That came later for Summerside, Prince Edward Island, native Bob Pitcairn, who retired as a commercial pilot in 1998. More on that rocky ride later. The 76-year-old retired pilot's most famous flight, one that garnered national headlines, was on CP Air Flight 71 on Nov. 29, 1974. With Pitcairn in control of the 737 carrying 120 passengers on a flight that took off from Montreal, passenger Naim Djemal put a knife to crew member Lena Madsen, demanding to go to Cyprus. The hijacker repeatedly hit Madsen with the knife.
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GA gets an inspiring story
AVweb
According to author Paul Bertorelli: Like a punch drunk fighter, I've grown accustomed to daily press stories about general aviation that either excoriate the industry — USA TODAY, for example — or cover the subject with such shallowness that it's laughable. I think all of us have learned to roll with the blows and hope tomorrow brings better.
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The DHC-2 Beaver Plane: A history of adventure in Northern Ontario
LOCAL2
The success of Northern Ontario tourism is owed, in part, to the design and development of the DHC-2 de Havilland plane. The aircraft is a Short Take Off and Landing plane that needs very little land, water or snow to land on or take off from as compared to conventional aircraft. It can be fixed with wheels, skis or floats allowing it to land almost anywhere in the remote northern landscapes. After WW2, de Havilland Canada researched a new plane market.
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Situational awareness: A complicated affair
FLYING
Today's flight instructors are coming to terms with a new presence in the cockpit of their training aircraft: the Apple iPad. Students are bringing iPads with them to run one of a few apps that give them unprecedented situational awareness, a level of situational awareness, in fact, that makes old-school aviators wonder how in the world pilots who've come of age in the iPad era could ever manage to make it from point to point if the batteries ever gave out.
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Flying the nosewheel
AVweb
According to author Joseph E. Burnside: Just because the vast majority of the airplanes most of us fly have their little wheel mounted on the nose instead of the tail doesn't mean the nosewheel is immune to abuse. Nor does it mean we can ignore the nosewheel's peculiarities, even if an airplane with one is much easier to handle on the ground. In fact, one conclusion we can draw from the number of runway loss of control accidents and incidents involving nosewheel equipped airplanes each year is that simplifying ground operations doesn't mean anyone's immune to problems.
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EMS crews need to think like Aaron Rodgers
By Mark Huber
An EMS crew can learn a lot from a top-performing NFL quarterback. For the last five weeks, my beloved Green Bay Packers have run off five straight wins, collectively outscoring opponents, 201-113. The entire team is playing at a high level, but what has really stood out is the superhuman performances turned in by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. So what is the man's secret and what can we learn from it? One word: Discipline. In all facets of his life.
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Pilots of Instagram: Beautiful cockpit views violate rules of air
Quartz
The pilots of Instagram are internet famous. Their stunning photos of the skies, captured from their unusual perspective inside the cockpit, garner hundreds, sometimes thousands of likes from fans. But taking photos, or using most any electronic device, while piloting a commercial aircraft is prohibited by American and European regulators. Pilots for airlines large and small, flying planes of all sizes, seem to be violating the safety rules, taking photos with their phones as well as GoPro cameras mounted inside the cockpit.
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MicroPilot aims high with professional UAV avionics
GPS World
Who is MicroPilot? For almost anyone in unmanned aerial vehicle electronics — or, rather, avionics — MicroPilot is probably a familiar name. The company makes the autopilots that basically fly the vehicle. An autopilot is the business-end of the navigation guidance system on a UAV. It takes input from sensors — typically GPS, air data, and inertial/gyro, which can be internal or external to the autopilot — and provides signals that adjust the flight controls to null out errors between the planned flight track and the actual flight profile that the UAV is flying.
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