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Trailblazing woman pilot honored in bronze in Ohio
The Columbus Dispatch
As a fourth-grader, Jerrie Mock devoured adventure books, maps and radio broadcasts. She dreamed about exotic cultures and landmarks.
"I wanted to see the people, and the lands and oceans and deserts," Mock, now 87, recalled by phone from her home in Quincy, Fla.
Mock, who grew up in Newark, accomplished those goals. And in 1964, she was the first woman to fly solo around the world — taking 29 days, 11 hours — despite naysayers who told her that a girl's dreams should be domestic.
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Different plane, same result for Unlimited champion Hinton
Voodoo's jinx is over, Steven Hinton's streak continues and Strega is left to wonder what might have been.
Hinton capped the 50th Reno National Championship Air Races with a flawless performance in Voodoo, the P-51D Mustang that had been close to the winner's circle in Reno multiple times in the past, but could never quite get over the hump.
IDOT helicopter crash blamed on birds
The crew of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) helicopter that crashed in New Mexico veered to avoid birds while en route to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for training in the use of radiation-detection equipment, officials said.
"The pilot in command made an abrupt turn to avoid a massive bird strike" and was "unable to recover complete control of the helicopter before it struck terrain," said IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin.
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Smoking: Hazardous to your aviation health
by: Paul Engstrom, IFA Member and Aviation Writer
"Quit smoking? Sure, it's easy," you say. "I've quit a thousand times!" Problem is, as a pilot you won't get a thousand chances to recover safely from the dangerous mental and physical effects of thin air at altitude — effects greatly exacerbated by tobacco use. Indeed, you may only get one chance, especially if the threat is hypoxia, or life-threatening oxygen deprivation.
We've all heard the bad news about smoking — how it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and heart attack, stroke, asthma, high blood pressure, pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, dementia, pneumonia and other ills.
Aside from that grim picture, tobacco can also interfere with your flying acumen.
IFA pilot quiz — Aviation firsts
I Fly America
It is common understanding that the Wright Brothers were first to build and fly a controllable airplane, but in the more than 100 years since that flight there have been many other firsts in flight. See if you can correctly identify these 10.
1. What was the first international body set up for flyers?
a. English Flight Organization
2. In what and where was the first fully controlled aerial journey from point to point made?
b. American Aero Club of New York
c. Federation Aeronautic Internationale
a. Lebaudy airship — France
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Aerodrome monoplane — Washington, D.C.
c. Zeppelin airship — Germany
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Slow, steady, sure — Avoiding loss of control in maneuvering flight
by: Susan Parson
Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
Pilot lore is replete with reminders about the importance of airspeed. We hear "speed is life." Instructors chant a "watch your airspeed" mantra. Comedians quip that flying requires only two things: airspeed (there it is again) and money. Airspeed is a frequent topic...
NTSB: Disorientation may have led to crash
The Detroit News
Disorientation may have played a role in the crash that killed a Michigan pilot who is credited with helping to revolutionize NASCAR racing, according to an NTSB report.
Steve Bown of Commerce Township and his companion, Karyn Martin, died when the plane Bown was piloting crashed into High Rock Lake in Salisbury, N.C.
Navy aviators assist civilian pilot
Three naval aviators assigned to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center assisted a civilian pilot in arriving safely to the Fallon Municipal Airport.
Aviators Lt. Shawn Navinskey, Lt. Johnathan Sheater and Lt. Matthew Sullivan were on their way back to the runway at Naval Air Station Fallon when the base air traffic controllers notified them of a civilian pilot in military air space.
High in the sky
Vail Daily News
According to Derek Franz: A childhood dream came true for me at the Vail Valley Jet Center — I got to ride in a modified Stearman biplane piloted by former fighter jet instructor Gary Rower.
"I'll take you for a loop and a barrel roll if you're up for it," Rower said.
"Yes!" I said.
"OK, first I need you to put this parachute on — have you ever worn a parachute before?"
My heart skipped.
Senior farmers, veterans take 'Dream Flights'
Jim Bennett was mowing fencerows bordering his farm near Minier when a friend stopped by to offer him a chance of a lifetime.
The corn and soybean farmer and Korean War veteran accepted the offer, and the following day he was checking out his crops from a different perspective — via an open cockpit 1943 Boeing Stearman biplane.
Bennett was among dozens of Illinois senior farmers and veterans enjoying a free ride on the former military training airplane through the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation's "Dream Flight."
Airport gears up for air show
Clay Center Dispatch
Managers of the Clay Center Airport in Kansas are planning to bring several interesting acts to an air show.
Manager Brett Dance told Lion's Club members that the show will include several aviation clubs and "a wide variety" of aviation entertainment from an aerobatics act to sky-diving and historical aircraft clubs.
"We're excited about it. The goal of the show is to really show the community the opportunities that are available in the aviation community and industry," Dance told the group. "It will be the kind of show this airport can be used for."
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Flying into Pearl Harbor history in vintage plane
Bloomberg vs. The Seattle Times
According to James M. Clash: Arriving in Honolulu, I had no plans to hit the beach for surfing.
Instead I was hooking up with an outfit called Pacific Warbirds that takes tourists on thrill rides aboard a vintage SNJ-5 airplane. I would fly over Pearl Harbor on the single-prop aircraft at the same altitude as the Japanese pilots did 71 years ago when they attacked the U.S.
Video: P-51 pilot recounts mayday call, flight from Florida
According to author James Ball: "Precious Metal" pilot Thom Richard recalls his mayday call at the 2012 Air Races and tells us what it takes to bring his highly-modified P-51 Mustang from Kissimmee, Fla., to Reno for the annual races.
Tributes to hero pilot who guided crippled jet back to base by flying 'blind'
A hero pilot who saved a jet from destruction by flying "blind" for more than 100 miles back to his base has died aged 82.
Birmingham, England-born father Peter Marshall risked his life to safely land his Phantom jet after engine damage left his windscreen partially covered in hydraulic fluid.
Marshall opted against ejecting from the craft and instead coaxed his crippled craft 130 miles back to his base at Yeovilton station in Somerset by following the path of a motorway below.
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