Al Marsh Archive
Airshow performer Greg Koontz got practice with his new Decathlon Xtreme for his Friday, Saturday, Sunday performances at Sun `n Fun, and we got great pictures for an upcoming article on the airplane. That’s Chris Rose on the ground, by prior briefing and agreement, getting the shot of the maneuver that Koontz uses for his ribbon cutting. This airplane had a bird strike the morning the shot was taken, but the cowling crack was quickly glued and repaired. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE
Doesn’t hurt to recap one of America’s proudest achievements, sending a huge robot to Mars. Thanks to blimp pilot, author, and aerial photographer Hunter H. Harris of the Eastern Shore of Maryland for sending this link along. It’s easy to get to Mars. You just build a rocket, aim to the right of the moon, and it’s all downhill from there, as you’ll see. Crank the volume–this one’s hard to hear.
A couple of Cubs went ripping around the French Alps–well, as rippy as Cubs can get–for beautiful photos in the latest issue of Info-Pilote (Pilot Information), the official magazine of the French Aeronautical Federation. You can go here and click on the cover of the magazine on the middle of the right side of the page. (Yes, I know it’s a Husky on the cover but there are Cubs inside–spectacular photo.) You can then “thumb through” by clicking on the right side of each page layout. The Cub photo is near the center of the magazine sample. It costs $43 for 12 times a year, depending on the value of the Euro. The price does not include international shipping. You can contact the co-editor on his Web site.
Continental and Lycoming both offer specially designed engines for the LSA market: the Continental engine is found on the Cub Crafters Sport Cub, the Cessna Skycatcher, and the American Legend Cub.
Companies using the Lycoming LSA engine include American Legend Cub, Brumby Aircraft of Australia 600/610, Bushwhacker Aircraft Cub, Flying Circus Aircraft’s Vegas, Kitfox Super Sport 7, Ran’s Aircraft S-19, Tecnam P92 Eaglet and Tail Dragger (an actual model name), Zenith STOL CH750, Zlin Savage Cub/Bobber, Renegade Light Sport (Falcon and FK12, and the Morgan AeroWorks Cougar.
The Somerset Police Department in South Central Kentucky is using a Calidus gyroplane for law enforcement under a program run by the federal Department of Justice to aid smaller law enforcement groups.
Flown by Lt. Shannon Smith, the Calidus has aided in several arrests for drunken driving, drug violations, and outstanding warrants. Shannon is the second law enforcement officer in the United States to become a certified flight instructor specific to gyroplanes for police operations
Somerset authorities launched an aviation program in April 2012 with the cooperation of the Law Enforcement Aviation Technology program, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice. The aviation program is administered nationally by the Small, Rural, Tribal, Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC) through The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The program has assigned 17 aircraft to small law enforcement agencies that might not see aviation as a viable option to their police agency. See it fly here.