Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mac’s Seaplane Service: Seaplane Dream Takes Flight On The Ohio River in Rising Sun, Indiana


(Rising Sun, Ind.) – When he accepted early retirement from Comair as a commercial pilot a few years ago, Troy MacVey didn’t want to quit doing what he loved. 

The Milan resident and 30-year flight veteran began his own airline, only its planes don’t use a concrete runway. They use the Ohio River.

MacVey is the proprietor of Mac’s Seaplane Service offering aerial tours of the region and a unique experience -landing and taking off from the river in Rising Sun. His 1946 Cessna 140 two-seater uses floats where the landing gear would be to land and take off from water runways.

“It’s been busy so far. We gave 20 rides last week,” said MacVey.

The water runway on the river stretches 10,000 feet, just as long as the runways at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, MacVey said. In fact, the river runway is the only river runway between Minnesota and Florida.

Currently, the new business which opened June 7 does not have an office. That could change as he works with the City of Rising Sun to build a hangar near the new boat ramp.

Dozens of people have come to the Rising Sun riverfront to witness the takeoffs and landings, according to Mayor Branden Roeder.

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Media Advisory - Media invited to see Bombardier Q400

WestJet to display the turboprop aircraft selected for its new regional airline 

CALGARY, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Media are invited to see the Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft in WestJet's Calgary hangar at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, June 28, 2012

In January of this year, WestJet announced it was considering launching a regional airline. In February, it revealed that 91 per cent of WestJetters who voted in a company poll supported the move. In April, WestJet selected the Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 aircraft for the new airline, expected to launch in the second half of 2013. 

On Thursday, media will have the opportunity to see and tour a Bombardier Q400 aircraft, and to interview Bombardier and WestJet representatives. 

What: WestJet unveils Bombardier Q400 aircraft

When: Tomorrow, Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.

Where: WestJet's Calgary campus, 22 Aerial Place NE
Media note: Please report to the front desk of the Campus building to sign in and receive a visitor's pass. From there, you will be escorted to the hangar.
About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 76-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 98 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 37 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world. 

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Pontiac, Illinois: Planes to ‘buzz square’ Saturday

Pontiac, Ill. — Antique airplanes will “buzz the square”“ Saturday as part of the city of Pontiac's 175th birthday celebration this weekend. The city of Pontiac and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum will be hosting events devoted to the history of transportation prior to World War II. Cars, bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, trains, and planes of the past will be a part of the occasion. 

“I think it’s going to be interesting,” said Tim Dye, curator of the new Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center and organizer of the Pre-War Festival. “We go to a lot of car shows, and I think sometimes, car people just get bored with the standard sit there, people judge your car and you get a trophy. I think vintage car owners will be more inclined to participate because there are things to do other than bring a car and sit. ”

Dye and his wife attended a similar event in Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford museum. That event was called the Old Car Festival, so Dye said when he brought the idea back to Pontiac, he wanted to tweak things a bit and include anything from 1942 and earlier.

“Of course we will have cars,” said Dye. “But we are also going to have some of those big-wheeled bicycles, which always draw a lot of attention and we have invited some motorcycles. We just feel like with the beautiful 1800s courthouse as a backdrop, this would be a unique setting to have a nice event. We do have some antique airplanes that are going to do a flyover and then we are going to have a barbershop quartet in the afternoon that will be strolling around the courthouse. It adds atmosphere to the people who will be dressing in period clothing. So, I think it will be very interesting.”

Flight rally to take place Saturday - Harbor Springs Airport (KMGN), Michigan

HARBOR SPRINGS -- Area young people will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, June 30. 

For youth age 8-17, the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1087 will host a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Harbor Springs Airport.

The rally is part of the association's Young Eagle's Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer pilots in the association have flown more than 1.4 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

"Free airplane rides are just one part of the flight rally," said Bill Meyer, spokesman for the event. "We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation."

Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

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Southwest Freedom Over Texas’ Sky Stage To Feature Vintage Aircrafts

Brand new to Houston’s official Fourth of July celebration is the Sky Stage hosted by Southwest Airlines featuring vintage aircrafts from the Lonestar Flight Museum. You’ll see a B-17 Bomber, B-25 Bomber, a B-25 and two A-26 Invaders making fly-over’s throughout this year’s Southwest Freedom Over Texas.

The Lone Star Flight Museum is home to one of the finest collections of restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the nation. Over 40 restored aircraft are displayed and most are in working condition. The collection includes WWII Fighters, Bombers, Liaison Trainers, and Executive Planes.

If planes aren’t your thing and you’re into fitness and sports, you can be an athlete at the Family Fitness Challenge Area. Activities will be provided by all five Houston professional sports teams including the Houston Aeros, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo, Houston Rockets and Houston Texans.

Reliant is offering non-Reliant customers 2 half-price tickets for the event. All you have to do to take advantage of this special offer, visit by midnight July 3rd to get your tickets.

 Date: Wed, July 4th – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou

Prices: $8 per person/free children 5 and younger.

Click here for parking and street closure information.

Be sure to listen to the live simulcast on our sister station, 100.3 KILT, during the fireworks show!

For more information from CBS Local about this year’s Southwest Freedom Over Texas, click here.


AeroCamp offers look at world of aviation - Mint Air at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), Greenville, South Carolina

AeroCamp, a summer program designed to give kids a chance to explore the world of aviation and aerospace, will be held in Greenville July 16-20.

The camp, presented in conjunction with Mint Air flight school and the Flight School Association of America, is targeted to sixth through 12th grades.

Students will learn what makes an aircraft fly, how pilots use instruments, basic radio communication skills, and info about weather, rockettry, airport traffic patterns, basics of aeronautical charts.

The program will include one to two hours of actual flight time, which can count toward future pilot training.

AeroCamp will be held at the Greenville Downtown Airport from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and 10 students can participate, although more sessions may be added.

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Plainville Wings & Wheels - Fly-In & Car Show - Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut