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Airline pilots that missed their stop

This letter has been circulating among pilots and was sent to Flightline. Now for the rest of the story Hi All, I had a one hour conversation with Tim Cheney yesterday and would like to shed some light on what happened to cause the over flight of their destination, Minneapolis-St. Paul. Before I begin with details, I wanted to say right up front that although there are many events that helped to cause this, Tim takes full responsibility and places… Read More »

When Bears Attack…

These photos have been making the rounds on the web and show what happened to a Piper “Super Cub” owned by  Jonathan Miller in Anchorage Alaska, after a long fishing trip when that “fishy” smell is still fresh in the cockpit.  Apparently a hungry bear tore the plane apart trying to get the fish it thought was inside.  It is reported that the pilot used duct tape and plastic sheeting to reconstruct the fabric of the airplane and was able… Read More »

New security procedures for travelers

New behind the scenes security procedures called “Secure Flight” offer travelers a more efficient trip through security and a safer flight according to the Transportation Security Administration. Over the coming months when booking airline travel, travelers may be asked to provide their name as it appears on the government ID they plan to use when traveling. Later this year, airlines will also begin asking passengers to provide their date of birth and gender. TSA’s goal is for Secure Flight to… Read More »

Calling mayday at 480 mph

Flying 50 feet off the ground, in the parched desert of Nevada with IMAX filming, Windsor’s Will Whiteside called “mayday” as smoke filled the cockpit of the P-51 Mustang “Voodoo”. Whiteside was just behind the race leader during the World Championship Air Races near Reno, when he was forced to call “mayday” early in the race. He converted speed into altitude and was able to make the runway and landed safely. The Reno air races have been around for 46… Read More »

Whiteside goes for gold

Windsor’s  own Will Whiteside,  racing at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, will be leading the pack tomorrow after wining the pole position during qualifying today at Reno’s Stead Field.  Whiteside flying a modified WWII P-51 mustang called “Voodoo” took the pole with a qualifying speed of 486 miles per hour. “Voodoo” is owned by Bob Button of Dixon, Ca., which races in a class called “unlimted”  and according to race officials, ” The Unlimited Class is open to… Read More »