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Our guest this episode is life-long test pilot James Patton. He was the Chief Test Pilot & Head of Flight Ops at NASA Langley, a naval aviator, an FAA test pilot, and an expert at spin testing. Jim was just inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
David Vanderhoof has another This Week in Aviation, Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast have their Australia Desk report, and we have some listener mail.
- F.A.A. Clarifies What Can Be Stowed in Seat Back
- FAA won’t allow cockpit naps as part of plan to reduce pilot fatigue
- Two Years of Lost Growth – Slow Improvement Trend
- US Airways Pilots Ask Department of Justice to Investigate US Airways/Delta Transaction
- Bertrand Piccard’s Solar Impulse aircraft makes inaugural flight [Thanks, John!]
- Northrop Rejects Tanker Bid Under Draft RFP
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This episode’s opening and closing music is provided by Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. Visit his site at http://www.brotherloverocks.com/.
[blue747 sent this link in from Max Trescott’s Trends Aloft blog. Trescott was our guest back on Episode 59…]
Here is a interview on the nwa incident..
Keep up the great work.. The show gets better all the time.. I do
miss court and dan.
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OK David, that was definitely the sound of a rather heavy gauntlet being thrown to the floor. If you’re going to talk about First Flights and ignore location, then those down home bicycle boys are right out of the picture ‘cos Richard Pearse first flew in New Zealand some 9 months before they did.
Sadly, he didn’t get the official verification of the event and neither did he continue on with development as the demand wasn’t quite there like it was for the Wrights.
Either way, the South Island of New Zealand is *way* closer to Australia than the USA, so Richard wins for me 🙂
Anyhow, this still isn’t resolving the issue of NSW vs VIC here down under. David & I have been emailing with John M (an aviation history guy living down here in Melbourne) and we’ll see how it all pans out 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Whoops – forgot the obligatory links to info about Richard Pearse: