Thursday, June 21, 2012

Flying High in Clinton County, Pennsylvania

LOCK HAVEN — Piper Cub planes from across the country landed in Lock Haven to take a trip down memory lane. 

 It was the annual Sentimental Journey.

A few winds of the propeller and the Piper Cub planes were ready for take-off.

Hundreds of Piper Cub pilots were filling the skies in Lock Haven, for the 27th annual Sentimental Journey.

Pilots said they live for cruising in their Cubs on hot days.

“It’s a low and slow cub plane and you fly with the windows open. They don’t go very fast anywhere, it’s like driving an old car,” said Leo Janssens of Florida.

Every year, the fly-in brings aviators back to Clinton County to travel back in time, and remember the days when these vintage aircrafts were made in Lock Haven.

“It`s really grass roots aviation at its best. There`s no computers in these airplanes, they`re just tube and fabric and it`s what they call flying by the seat of your pants. It`s really how you feel,” said Dana Holladay of Maryland.

“It`s just great to be with the other Cub pilots and with the people that are really down to earth, yet their pilots,” said Janssens.

Many pilots said they return to the Sentimental Journey each year because they`re allowed to wind up the propellers, climb in the cockpit and take off. And it`s one of the only fly-ins in the nation that allow them to do so.

“Flight line isn’t shut down all day doing air show after air show to get to fly their planes, and they really enjoy doing that,” said Kim Garlick, Sentimental Journey Secretary.

Planes constantly take off for sightseeing trips, as pilots share their love for flying with others.

“These pilots are awesome, they have so much fun, so friendly, they make this fly in work,” said Garlick.

“It`s just a pleasant airplane to fly around the airport, on a sunny day like this is. It`s fun. It`s a step back in time again and it`s lovely,” said Janssens.

People can check out the Piper Cubs and take a sentimental journey of their own through Saturday.

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Greenwood, South Carolina, hosts first, free aviation expo

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) - Get ready to get a firsthand look at legendary aircraft this weekend at the first Aviation Expo held during Greenwood's The Festival of Flowers. 

The Greenwood County Airport will have vintage and classic full-sized planes for families to check out in person, and a full fleet of RC-model planes fly crazy patterns that will make your head spin.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be food and aviation-related vendors as well.

The expo is part of Greenwood's annual mega-event, The Festival of Flowers. Both are free and open to the public.


A summer camp with airplanes

GRAND FORKS — Sixteen-year-old Matt Adamson spent his Wednesday morning with his head in the clouds — literally. 

 The Plymouth, Minn., native was flying a Cessna 172S aircraft with assistance from University of North Dakota flight instructor Jakee Stoltz, as part of the 29th annual UND International Aerospace Camp.

Taking place all this week, the camp invited high school juniors and seniors from all over the country who are interested in aerospace sciences to UND. The participants were treated just like UND students and given a chance to fly planes in the university’s fleet.

“I really wasn’t expecting it to be like this,” Adamson said. “I thought I would just be riding in a plane.”

Instead, Adamson and 26 other camp participants were allowed to control the airplanes they were riding in — with guidance from their instructors of course. It’s UND’s way of giving high school students a taste of what it would be like to study aviation.

Before the young pilots could take to the skies, they spent time in lectures and flight simulators to gain a better understanding of the science of flying.

“There’s quite a big difference between having goggles on in a simulator and actually flying,” Stoltz said.

The Wednesday morning flight was the second one of the week for the camp participants. In addition to completing an introductory flight and an instrumental flight, they also got a chance to try their hand at a night flight and a cross-country flight.

Before takeoff, each camper and their flight instructor completed an aircraft inspection. Then it was up to the camper to radio to the control tower and request permission to take off.

“It was a lot of fun,” Adamson said after he landed. “I was actually flying the plane for most of the flight.”

Also included in the camp schedule were sessions on air traffic control, aviation management and unmanned aircraft systems, allowing students to hear about more than the piloting aspect of aerospace sciences.

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Poplar Grove, Illinois: Museum hosts World’s Fair exhibit

The Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove, will host a 1893 World’s Fair exhibit opening at 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. Performance by RJ Lindsey as Daniel Burnham starts at 7 p.m.

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Akron’s inflatable airplane is oddity of sky in 1950s

The concept had sky-high potential. Unfortunately, it went over like a lead balloon. 

 In the mid-1950s, Goodyear Aircraft Corp. of Akron designed, developed and produced an experimental airplane that could fold up into a bundle and fit in the trunk of an automobile.

The Inflatoplane was an aeronautical oddity made of rubberized nylon fabric that pumped up like a tire. Within 10 minutes of unloading, the lightweight aircraft was filled with air and ready to fly.

Goodyear engineers heralded the contraption, which maintained its shape by internal air pressure, as the first of its kind in the United States.

“Named the Inflatoplane, the new Goodyear aircraft plane, developed under joint Army-Navy auspices, can be flown from a small field and attain speeds that will satisfy anyone wishing to avoid the bumper-to-bumper Sunday afternoon traffic,” the company boasted.

The prototype was a one-person craft 19.7 feet long with a wingspan of 22 feet and an empty weight of 205 pounds (or 329 pounds with its 20-gallon gas tank full).

With the pilot seated in the front, the Inflatoplane resembled a glider — albeit one composed of mattress stuffing. The fuselage, tail and cockpit were made with two walls of rubberized fabric connected by nylon threads.

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Flight School Hosts Open House

American Flyers at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport hosting open house and free barbecue lunch on July 7

ATLANTA, Ga., (June 20, 2012) – American Flyers Flight School at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport will be hosting an open house and barbeque on Saturday, July 7. American Flyers is welcoming everyone with an interest in aviation to come to the airport for a fun-filled and informative afternoon. This free event begins at noon with a BBQ lunch, and continues with a facility tour and a presentation by a certificated flight instructor.

Guests are invited to ask any questions they may have, check out the training aircraft displayed on the flight line, and experience a flight for yourself in one of the state-of-the-art flight simulators.

Additionally, every guest that attends will receive a certificate for two free hours of instruction in one of the flight simulators. All attending pilots are invited to stay after lunch for a free FAA Wings seminar on summertime flying considerations, presented by an American Flyers senior instructor.

Lunch is served promptly at noon, so guests are encouraged to arrive 10 – 15 minutes early. There is no need to make reservations and guests are encouraged to bring friends and family. American Flyers is located on the west side of the DeKalb Peachtree Airport at 1950Airport Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30341. For more information, call678-281-0631 or visit

American Flyers has been training pilots since 1939, and operates seven FAA-accredited schools in six states and one in Mexico City, Mexico.

Florida man flies, rescues, his 1,000th animal

GREENVILLE, Ala. — On a recent June day, Jeff Bennett flew his four-seat plane from the mangrove-dotted Florida Keys, past some angry thunder clouds to the fertile hills of Greenville, Ala. His mission: to save 23 dogs destined for death row. 

Bennett, a 53-year-old retired businessman, donates his time, fuel and plane to Pilots N Paws, a South Carolina-based charity that enlists small plane pilots to transport animals from overcrowded shelters that have high euthanasia rates to foster homes, rescue groups and less-crowded shelters that don't kill the animals.

Bennett's been airlifting animals for more than 3 years. Bennett is a dog lover; he has four of his own, including one that he adopted after a flight.

He's carried mostly dogs, some cats, the occasional snake and once, a potbellied pig — earning his small Cirrus aircraft the nickname "All Species Airways" around the Pilots N Paws community.

But this month was special. On the Greenville trip, Bennett picked up his 1,000th animal.

"This is a mile marker," said Bennett, who had a pointy party hat decorated with pirates picked out for the special canine.

It's a number few of Pilots N Paws' 2,800 volunteer pilots reach, said Deborah Boies, the group's president and co-founder.

"We have only one other pilot who has accomplished that goal," said Boies. "It's extremely unique. He is truly one of the most dedicated people to Pilots N Paws."

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