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Pilot of tiny Cessna makes landing at O'Hare
Judging by the reaction from the air traffic controller, Chicago O'Hare International Airport doesn't get a request like this one very often.
The pilot of a tiny Cessna 172 requests to land at one of the world's busiest airports, a tiny sprout amid the Sequoias of the airline world.
In a video posted on YouTube, the pilot calmly makes the audacious request:
"With information Echo, would like to do a full stop taxi back at O'Hare."
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North Carolina aviation business flying high globally
While Bully Aeroplane Works and Airshows is relatively new in Alamance County, North Carolina, the aviation restoration, modification and maintenance shop is making a global impact, drawing international customers to the area.
Owned by Eric Minnis, Bully Aero is located at the Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport and offers tailwheel and basic aerobatic instruction, maintenance and annual inspections, show-quality restoration, construction of replicas or plan built, and aircraft sales, brokerage and locating.
The company is named after Minnis' grandfather, Robert "Bully" Minnis Jr.
90-year-old celebrates birthday by flying Cessna
The Courier via WPVI-TV
Al Steiner waited 90 years to have the best birthday party of his life. Surrounded by his wife, friends and neighbors, Steiner celebrated his 90th birthday by flying a Cessna 172 airplane at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Texas, then enjoyed cake and ice cream afterward.
"Thank you for coming and thank you for the love," said Steiner, who said it was the best birthday he'd ever had.
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(Don't be) asleep at the switch
By Frederick E. Tilton; FAA Federal Air Surgeon — Reprinted with permission from FAA Safety Briefing
On a daytime flight, a commercial airliner with three crewmembers and 40 passengers flew past its destination airport after both the captain and first officer fell asleep. The pilot awoke and landed safely. NTSB determined the captain’s undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was a factor in this incident.
IFA pilot quiz — Flight times
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As pilots, we focus on flight time for everything from flight planning and fuel requirements to currency of experience and engine overhauls. Have some fun and see how well you can judge the flight times of these historic events.
1. The Wright Brothers made five flights, alternating as pilots, on Dec. 14, 1903. What was the longest?
a. 120 feet in 12 seconds
b. 317 feet in 29 seconds
c. 852 feet in 59 seconds
2. The first round-trip flight between two large cities was made in 1910. Which cities and how long was flying time?
a. New York/Philadelphia/New York; 3 hours 34 minutes
b. Cincinnati/Columbus/Cincinnati; 4 hours 19 minutes
c. Chicago/St Louis/Chicago; 6 hours 12 minutes
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
Accident report — VFR pilot meets IMC and trees — Aero Commander 500
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An Aero Commander 500 impacted trees during climb out after takeoff from Petaluma, California. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The left wing of the airplane was substantially damaged. The owner operated the personal flight under 14 CFR Part 91. The flight departed from Petaluma at 2200, and was destined for Concord, California, where it landed about 2220. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at Oakland, California, 36 miles southeast of Petaluma; however, the pilot reported that visual conditions prevailed at Petaluma and Concord. No flight plan was filed.
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Cirrus Vision jet to feature AOS seat belts
General Aviation News
Cirrus Aircraft has selected Aviation Occupant Safety's inflatable three-point seat belts for the pilot seating in the new Vision SF50 single-engine personal jet. "The Cirrus Vision SF50 is going to usher in a new era of single-engine jet performance, safety and value," stated Rick O'Quinn, AOS sales manager. "Cirrus has become synonymous with safety and we are excited and honored that they have selected our line of inflatable three-point seat belts for this exceptional aircraft."
California sheriff wants more eyes in the sky
Since the Tulare County, California, sheriff's department purchased a new plane in 2011, the tiny aircraft has gotten a lot of use, from searching for suspects on the ground, spotting marijuana groves and finding an Alzheimer's patient who wandered away from home.
Despite the single-engine plane being in the air up to eight hours a day, five days a week, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux wants his department to have a presence in the air every day and covering more of the county.
Someone has built the ultimate 1950s fantasy vehicle all over again
According to author Tanya Snyder: I wouldn't even bring up the absurdity of the flying car except a flying car salesman was the man of the hour at an otherwise serious daylong forum on transportation issues sponsored by the Washington Post. The flying car in question was parked outside the building, blocking a bike lane on 14th Street in Washington, D.C.
Carl Dietrich of Terrafugia worked hard to convince the audience that what he acknowledged has long been a "pop culture joke" was a real, serious answer to the real-world problem of traffic congestion.
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