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Pennsylvania dads attend historic Aviation Days at York Airport
After seeing Aviation Days at York Airport advertised last year, Robert Firestone wished he had gone.
So this year, four of his daughters and two of his grandsons took him to the sixth annual event for Father's Day.
While he was awaiting a ride on one of the airplanes, two of his daughters held his spot in line so he could explore several plane exhibits. Firestone, 78, of Dover Township, Pennsylvania, said he particularly liked the World War II-era B-25 Mitchell bomber — and especially enjoyed hanging out with his young grandsons.
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My 1st general aviation flight
By Steven Paduchak AirlineReporter guest reporter
Though I have been studying aviation management in school for the past three years, I haven't had a chance to go up for a flight in a general aviation aircraft yet. I know, that sounds crazy. I've traveled commercially all my life. However, all of that changed on an April weekend in Florida, when I took my first GA flight.
At my university, I enrolled in an "Introduction to Film" class to meet an elective requirement. Of course, given the course, we were assigned a project to make ... well, you guessed it, a short film.
Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift set to take off
Cessna's Citation Special Olympics Airlift is set to take off, the latest in a long series of such airlifts started by Cessna back in 1987. This year the big change is that many of the athletes will be flying in airplanes built by Beechcraft, Cessna's new sister company under the Textron Aviation banner.
Soon, an armada of more than 100 Citations, King Airs and Hawkers will transport around 700 athletes in more than 100 airplanes from 28 locations around the country to Trenton-Mercer Airport for the games.
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Why do smart people do dumb things? — The art of managing mistakes
By Guy Minor
Reprinted with Permission from FAA Aviation News
Have you ever noticed how we sometimes take a perverse pleasure in reading articles that detail aircraft accidents? That's not terribly surprising; after all, an accident account is a cautionary tale complete with good guys and bad guys, tragedy and mayhem. You just can't look away!
Another guilty pleasure of accident reports is the ability to heave a sigh of relief because it wasn't you, and perhaps you convince yourself that it could never be you. Our natural tendency to make judgments helps insulate us from the tragedy. But is this attitude helpful in making sense of the situation?
IFA pilot quiz — Aviation numbers
I Fly America
Aviation is an activity of numbers — airspeed, altitude, flight legs, minutes, and so on. Some of these a pilot needs to know, some are just interesting facts about flying. Try yourself on these. Caution - they are not all easy.
1. How many different tests does the FAA give for various licenses, ratings, and activities?
a. Fewer than 15
2. How many questions are there in the longest test: Military Competency Instructor?
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Fewer than 50
c. More than 80
Ohio aviation group offers kids free flights
The Newark Advocate
From way up there, everyone on the ground looked like toys — tiny figures moving around by themselves.
Logan and Phoenix Swint flew high above Newark, Ohio. They saw their mom, Michelle Brady, far below them at the airport.
"It was great," Phoenix, 9, said after he landed. "Everyone looked like action figures."
Logan, 8, had a similar opinion. His favorite part was flying over Buckeye Lake. He saw some children jumping on an inflatable toy, and "it looked like the kids were ants," he said.
Prince William shouldn't scratch his piloting itch
By Mark Huber
It's been a year since Britain's Prince William walked away from the cockpit, piloting search-and-rescue missions in Sikorsky Sea King helicopters for the Royal Air Force. Now, after experiencing fatherhood and a year of global "grip and grin" goodwill tours on behalf of the monarchy, William has decided he is not quite ready for the life of a full-time figurehead in the fish bowl. Recently, his minions "let slip" that the prince is itching to get back in the cockpit. It's a noble idea as well as a potentially fatal one.
Cool-headed pilot had never jumped before day his plane crashed
The Huffington Post
Pilot Shawn Kinmartin spent his days flying people who elect to jump out of an airplane, but he'd never taken the plunge himself. That all changed on the day his plane went down.
Kinmartin, 21, flies for the Fly Free Skydiving in Festus, Missouri. His heart-pounding incident took place during a run near the state's border with Illinois. He was flying at about 11,500 feet when the run's last skydiver accidentally hit and damaged the plane's elevation mechanism while jumping out, according to CNN.
Southern California airport supporters fight back with petitions
With only about a year left until the July 2015 deadline, when the Santa Monica, California, city council claims it can take back a large parcel of land currently occupied by the Santa Monica Airport, airport supporters are fighting back with signed petitions that were turned in to the city clerk's office. The petitions were in support of adding a charter amendment on the ballot for the city's elections in November that would require voter approval for any changes to the Southern California airport land aside from aviation use.
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