Friday, June 22, 2012

Piper Seneca : "This Is How I Roll," Paola Pivi, Freedman Plaza, Central Park

Courtesy of New York City Parks.

There's an airplane in Central Park.

How it got there this week isn't totally clear, but it did not fly to its current position, in Doris C. Freedman Plaza. This airplane is "art," a piece by artist Paola Pivi entitled "How I Roll."

So why's this plane so special? Well for one, this baby is a six-seat 1977 Piper Seneca that is "airborne but flightless," continually rotating 360-degrees, held aloft by its wingtips. Second, we can't remember a time when there's been an entire airplane in Central Park, of any size. Thirdly, it's supposed to evoke a "child's dream come to life."

Mt. Vernon, Illinois: Airport hosts convention - The Ercoupe Owners of America National Convention will last through the weekend

MT. VERNON — — Thursday was the first day of the Ercoupe Owners of America National Convention, which will last through the the weekend, hosted by the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. 

David Winters of Clarksville, Tenn., has owned his plane since 2004. He said he used to fly a Citation jet, which is much bigger than the Ercoupe, which seats two.

The planes were designed pre World War II and about 6,000 of them were produced. Winters said the planes were once quite popular and were even sold at Macy’s during the first years of production in the mid 1940’s.

The plane was designed for non-professional pilots, with cutting-edge safety features that don’t allow is to stall out. One unique feature of the Ercoupe is the lack of rudder pedals — the plane is flown entirely using a control wheel instead and like driving a car.

Winters stripped his plane, which is named Frolic, of paint and removed the upholstery to make it lighter and said it only weighs about 860 pounds. His plane gets about 17 miles to the gallon and is relatively easy to learn to fly, he added.

Frolic is a work in progress — Winters has been working on her and replacing parts since he purchased the plane.

“When I first started flying, every time I took off, something fell off,” Winters said. “I don’t think I will ever be finished [restoring the plane].”

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire: First Blue Angel set to roar into city on Tuesday

PORTSMOUTH — Aviation enthusiasts should expect some activity in the skies overhead Tuesday, June 26, as the early arrival of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels is sure to make some noise over the Seacoast. 

According to airport manager Bill Hopper, Blue Angel 7 will arrive at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The visit comes only days before the Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show, scheduled for June 30-July 1.

The exact arrival time of the first Angel is not set in stone, said Hopper, calling it a "moving target."

Blue Angel 7 Lt. Mark Tedrow of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, serves as the narrator for the team during flight demonstrations. Tedrow arrived in Portsmouth in late November aboard an F/A-18 Hornet to build interest in the upcoming air show.

The entire team is expected to arrive Wednesday, June 27.

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Coast Guard aviators in Belle Chasse get a new skipper today

Rusty Costanza/The Times-Picayune
Command of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, home to five MH-65C Dolphin helicopters such as this one, changes hands this morning.

Almost two years after he assumed command of about 120 Coast Guard personnel and their five of MH-65C Dolphin search and rescue helicopters, Cmdr. Frederick Riedlin hands the reigns of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to Cmdr. Michael Brandhuber. The 10 a.m. ceremony will be at the agency’s air station in Belle Chasse, which became a hub for Coast Guard helicopters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Brandhuber becomes the latest in the line of Coast Guard officers to oversee the aviation operation since the agency first established an air station at Lake Pontchartrain in 1955. Since then, the Coast Guard estimates its New Orleans-area flight crews have saved more than 5,500 people, making it one of its busiest air stations.

The Coast Guard’s aviation compound has been located inside the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse since 1957.

The air crews respond to search-and-rescue calls in a region from the Florida panhandle to Memphis, Tenn., to the Louisiana-Texas border to deep within the Gulf of Mexico, home to thousands of offshore platforms.

They also fly an array of other missions, including law enforcement – and regularly provide aerial security over New Orleans parade routes during Carnival season.

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Flight Inspections ENAV provided by Piaggio P180 Avanti II

June 22, 2012 by ENAV

Captain Enzo Maria Feliziani


ENAV is the Italian company that provides Air Traffic Control service, as well as other services for air navigation, in Italy skies and in national civilian airports.

ENAV personnel guarantees the air traffic management from 39 Control Towers 24 hours a day.

Westmoreland County Air Show taking off this weekend - Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (KLBE) - Pennsylvania

The Navy’s Blue Angels’ squadron of F-18 fighter jets will pierce the skies above the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport at 650 mph this weekend, buzzing the airport at a mere 50 feet above the ground.

“You won’t hear me coming until I’m gone,” said Lt. C.J. Simonsen of Coon Rapids, Minn, one of six Blue Angels pilots who will perform Saturday and Sunday at the Westmoreland County Air Show.

Spectators will see the Navy jets fly so close together in a diamond formation that just 18 inches will separate the planes speeding at 460 mph, said Simonsen, the lead solo pilot in the No. 5 F-18.

“It’s very, very challenging flying, The amount of teamwork and trust we have between the six pilots is unlike any other I’ve been a part of. It’s a trust that we build in training ... from January to mid-March,” said Simonsen, who is in his third and final year with the Blue Angels. The team will perform in 35 cities and conduct 70 shows.

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