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Photo by Stephen Tornblom from his birthday trip to Chino Airport.
We talk with Milford Shirley from FlightTime Radio about their live broadcast at the upcoming Become a Pilot Family Day and Fly-In, June 18, 2011 at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center next to Dulles International Airport. Max, Rob, Dan, and David plan to join in the show along with some other aviation podcasters.
The week’s aviation news:
- EASA Grounds Falcon 7X, FAA Action To Follow
- Pilots to blame for crash that buried three Irish doctors in the Atlantic
- Blue Angels leader steps down over low-level move
- Delta and US Airways Propose New York/Washington Slot Swap Again, and This Time It’ll Happen
Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast provide their Australia Desk Report. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @pcdu, Steve at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124.
In this week’s Across the Pond segment, Pieter Johnson gets an update from David Cenciotti on Operation Odessy Dawn in Libya, what it was like to break an international aviation story to the world, and how to track those “untraceable” black ops flights. Be sure to see David Cenciotti’s Website and follow him on Twitter at @cencio4. On Twitter, Pieter is @Nascothornet.
We spend a lot of time this episode talking about some of the great listener mail we’ve received. Click these links for more information:
Blue Angels’ almost crash: the risk of Controlled Flight Into Terrain during formation aerobatics – David Cenciotti’s blog post and video.
On 100 low lead aviation fuel: 100 Octane Unleaded Aviation Fuel – A Website dedicated to the distribution of information about the fuel crisis facing users of piston engines in General Aviation, and the promotion of an unleaded 100 octane fuel. Flying G100UL: Yeah, It Works.
On the new Pan Am TV show: ABC 2011 Fall TV Premiere: Pan Am and Pan Am, ABC Show, To Explore 1960s Flying Culture (VIDEO).
N709DN Takeoff, a 777-200/LR test flight video.
Possible federal aid cuts could jeopardize air service in small communities.
Texas House passes bill banning TSA airport groping and Senate stirs pot with TSA groping bill, sanctuary cities.
Brunswick International Fly-In.
From Dan W. concerning air ambulance operations:
- http://tinyurl.com/3w8rhrs [PDF]
- http://tinyurl.com/3eqpvnk [PDF]
- http://tinyurl.com/3nfjqj5 [PDF]
- http://tinyurl.com/42bb3ey [PDF]
Barnstorming, the movie.
Michael O’Leary on Spanish fines:
Texto íntegro de la carta: cortesía con el ministro pero ultimátum en negrita and the Google translation:
Full text of the letter: courtesy to the minister but bold ultimatum.
On the NTSB publication of final report on the Gol 1907 accident: Command of Aeronautics, General Staff of the Aeronautics, Final Report, A-00X/CENIPA/2008 [PDF].
United Reinstates, Quickly Withdraws, 9/11 Flight Numbers.
Boeing KC-135: The Ultimate Caffeine Delivery Machine
DC area museum ideas:
- College Park Aviation Museum
- Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
- National Museum of the Marine Corps
- Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association
Ryanair To Ground 80 Aircraft Next Winter.
F-35A may need mods to fix range shortfall.
Whew, that was a lot of listener mail!
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Opening and closing music is provided by Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at http://www.brotherloverocks.com/.
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You no doubt heard about the 12 June 14, 2011 Goodyear Blimp crash in Germany and the death of the pilot. A sad but not uncommon tale in lighter than air flight. Blimp flight is not for the weak of heart of those with vertigo.
The Army tested blimps as recce and gun platforms over Bagdad in 2004. They were very successful but even at altitude the crew was vulnerable to ground fire. Now there’s a surprise. The Army still uses tethered unmanned blimps as recce platforms of Iraq and Afghanistan.
One got off the leash a few years back and was chased down by an F-16. After the pilot expended all of his 20mm ammo, with little noticeable effect, he loosed off a couple of AIM -9s. Resulting in… nothing. They punched through w/o detonating. The slowly deflating blimp and its cargo drifted away to the east never to be seen again.