Tuesday, June 26, 2012

World Champion aerobatic pilots practice at Kokomo Municipal Airport (KOKK)

Two champion aerobatic pilots are practicing their high-speed maneuvers of aerial loops, twists and turn over the skies of the Kokomo Municipal Airport this week. 

Several times a day, through Thursday, pilots Bill Stein and Rob Holland will be taking flight to practice for upcoming Midwest air shows in which they will be participating.

Rob Holland flies the most advanced aerobatic aircraft in the air show industry today, and his practices in Kokomo will include a high energy mixture of both high and low altitude maneuvers. Rob is the current International Free Style World Champion.

Since 1995 Bill Stein has performed at air shows all across the United States and has entertained millions of air show fans. Bill trains every day so that his skills stay razor sharp, and to maintain the all-out energy and excitement he puts into his air show sequence.

Read more here:  http://kokomoperspective.com

KMOX Fair St. Louis VIP Air Show Day

KMOX is proud to present the First Fair St. Louis VIP Air Show Day at the St. Louis, Tuesday, July 3rd from 9am – 3pm at the St. Louis Downtown Airport sponsored by BBQ ASAP.

This event, perfect for aeronautical enthusiasts and families of all ages, will get KMOX listeners up-close to the Fair St. Louis Air Show a day before the full performance. Listeners attending the event will get to see the full air-show, as pilots practice their flight runs above the St. Louis Skyline with the Arch as the backdrop. They will also get to interact with pilots and climb in and around aircraft including a B-17, Harrier Jets, and Aeroshell Stunt Plans and have a chance to win flights in stunt planes and the B-17, along with other prizes from Fair St. Louis.

Free lunch will be provided by BBQ ASAP from Ballwin.

NOTE: This event is closed to the general public. For your chance to attend, listen to Total Information AM and The Mark Reardon Show. Listeners will have chances to win on Total Information AM and the Mark Reardon Show, each day between Wednesday, June 27th and Friday, June 29th.

The Fair Saint Louis Air Show will return skies above the Mississippi River on Wednesday, July 4 at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Among the acts are the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, and Barnstormer John Mohr. Read more below! Acts and performances are subject to changes and additions.

Fly-in/drive-in at Macomb Municipal Airport (KMQB) still draws big crowd

Macomb, Ill. — A Sunday morning thunderstorm didn’t keep over 1,000 from visiting the Macomb Municipal Airport’s 30th annual Heritage Days fly-in/drive-in and enjoying a pancake breakfast served by the Macomb and Colchester Lions Clubs. 

Bill Butcher, vice chair of the municipal airport board, said most of the pilots who flew in to the event arrived before the mid-morning thunderstorm arrived. Awards were given for the oldest pilot, oldest antique airplane, best spot landing and pilot that traveled the longest distance.

“We’ve had about 20 planes and two helicopters,” Butcher said. “The farthest came in from Bolingbrook, Illinois.”

One local pilot, Joe Runyan, of rural Bushnell, arrived in a 1940 Waco UPF-7 and took home two honors: one for oldest antique airplane and one for third place in the spot landing contest.

“Both of my parents were pilots,” said Runyan, 32. “If I’m not working I go every year. It’s just nice to see local pilots from the area and talk to people.”

Read more here:   http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com

Flying to their rescue: Pet project Pilots N Paws volunteers help shuttle animals to new homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At Midwest National Air Center, in Mosley, Mo., a white Piper Cherokee drifts to earth like a paper airplane in the bright twilight, the buzz of its single engine only slightly louder than the chirp of grasshoppers in the surrounding farmland. 

On the ground, the plane noses down deserted runways and taxiways toward the padlocked terminal building. The propeller coughs to a stop, and the pilot unfolds his body backward through the passenger-side door.

Standing on the wing he asks his passenger, “Honey Bee, do you want to get out?”

Honey Bee, a 2-year-old bluetick coonhound, raises her head and cocks her floppy velvet ears. But she remains rooted to the backseat where she has slept most of the two hours since the gentle-voiced stranger picked her up at Spirit of St. Louis Airport and loaded her into this strange vehicle that vibrates like a pickup but is much louder.

The pilot strokes Honey Bee under the chin, then leans in and scoops up the 50-pound hound, no easy feat while trying to keep your footing on a convex aircraft wing.

Even cradling a coonhound, Sam Taylor has the squared shoulders and stick-straight posture of military servicemen. Taylor is a retired Navy helicopter pilot who flew search-and-rescue missions during the Vietnam War. Now he flies animal rescue missions in his plane for a nationwide network called Pilots N Paws.

On average, Taylor goes on one to three rescue flights a week. Most flights are in a 150-mile range, but he has flown much farther.

In September 2010, Taylor was part of a mission that rescued 171 dogs from Louisiana after the Gulf oil spill.

Taylor would go more often if he could afford it. Pilots N Paws pilots pay for their own gas, which averages $48 per hour.

Last year, Taylor spent $3,255 on gas for rescue flights. This year he's up to $2,400 already.

Baneasa airport in Bucharest to host aviation air show in July

The National Bucharest Airports Company will organize its Aviation Air Show and Exhibition this year between July 21 and 22, on the International Airport Bucharest Baneasa. 

The organizers promise this will be the largest air show in Romania. Two teams of elite air acrobats, Freccia Tricolori and Turkish Stars announced their presence, alongside some of the best professionals in civil and military aviation in Romania.

This year’s air show will celebrate 100 years of aviation history. The Baneasa airport, which is no longer used for daily flights, will also host an exhibition of general aviation in Romania. Several aircraft, from ultralight aircraft to business jets will be on display.

Read more here:  http://www.romania-insider.com

Crossroads pilots win Air Race Classic

After an incredible journey spanning four days, eight states and 2,862 miles, Diana Stanger and Victoria Holt are flying back to the Crossroads with new nicknames: "The Racing Aces." 

The two pilots placed first in the 36th annual Women's Air Race Classic against 56 other teams from across the U.S.

The race dates back to the 1920s and has seen competition from some of aviation's most notable women pilots.

"You feel like Amelia Earhart is patting you on the back," Stanger said.

Stanger, of Port Lavaca, and Holt, of Belton, took off from Calhoun County Airport Thursday in a Cirrus SR-22 toward their starting point in Lake Havasu, Ariz., and reached their final destination, Batavia, Ohio, by Friday.

Stanger said landing was a great feeling.

Read more here:  http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2012/jun/25/mc_flight_winner_062612_180490/

Pilots reach new heights: Pair take to skies in 2,400-mile race

NEW CASTLE — In a small, single-engine plane that is slower than a speeding car, Cynthia Lee and Nancy Rohr found themselves caught in a thunderstorm somewhere over Newberry, Mich. 

 But the two pilots, tucked together their Diamond DA-40, weren’t worried. They were excited.

Last week, the duo competed in the 35th annual Air Race Classic, a 2,400-mile competition from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., to Batavia, Ohio, for female aviators.

The race is composed of various timed legs and challenges where pilots compete in events including high-speed flybys, following designated routes and flying clean legs that stay within parameters. Each aircraft is handicapped for speed and engine power, with the goal of having the actual ground speed as far over the handicapped speed as possible.

“It’s a huge tradition that’s been going on for [decades],” said Lee, 57, of Avondale, Pa. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams that I would fly and be in one of these races. [It] was fantastic [and] it was the first race for both of us.”

Lee, a relatively new flyer, and her co-pilot, 57-year-old Newark resident and experienced aviator Rohr, paired up after learning about the race during a Christmas party for the Mid-Atlantic Ninety-Nines, an international organization of female pilots that began with Amelia Earhart. They wanted to carry on the tradition of other Wilmington-area pilots who competed in the event in years past.

Read more here:  http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120626/NEWS/306260040/Pilots-reach-new-heights?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home&nclick_check=1

Young pilot has high hopes for record


 It’s not an average summer trip to the East Coast but Matthew Gougeon is not your average teenager.

The 16-year-old Ontario resident is hoping to set a record as the youngest pilot ever to fly a plane solo from Canada’s West Coast to the East Coast.

“I’m looking forward to it, ” says Gougeon, without a hint of nervousness about the upcoming adventure.

He will leave Tofino, B.C., around July 13 and land in Halifax around the 19th. He will be piloting his dad’s amphibious Cessna 182 airplane.

“At the start and end of the trip I’m going to try and land in each ocean, just as kind of a cool thing.”

“It’s a float plane but it is amphibious, which means the floats have wheels that come out of them, so I can land on runways, too.”

Gougeon lives in Collingwood, where he has just finished Grade 11 at Pretty River Academy, but spends his summers in Sudbury.

During his long solo flight, he expects to fly about six to nine hours a day, and will make overnight and refuelling stops in various cities across the country. His schedule is weather dependent.

“If there is weather or rain or anything like that, I can be grounded pretty easily,” he said.

Read more here:  http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/110996-young-pilot-has-high-hopes-for-record