Archive for August, 2013

This airplane flies sideways

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Watch halfway through this video as Jurgis Kairys makes his Sukhoi 31 fly sideways. Sean D. Tucker can do that too, but at higher altitude for safety, and with a nose-high attitude. This is just a flat attitude, going sideways.

Strange but true general aviation news: The helicopter edition

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Some copters are better than others. While the South African Air Force’s fleet of Agusta 109 helicopters remain grounded due to a lack of funds to operate them, helicopters used for President Jacob Zuma and other VIPs remain flying, reports Business Day Live.

A whole new meaning to the word chopper. Cleveland’s FirstEnergy has hired South Carolina-based Rotor Blade to use helicopters with aerial saws to trim trees near high-voltage transmission lines, reports Cleveland.com.

Helicopters as targets. A pilot flying for Iowa-based Vista Helicopter says someone shot at him while he was crop dusting a corn field, reports the Des Moines Register. A suspect has been identified, but not arrested. A 37-year-old pilot faces jail time for allegedly shooting up a helicopter at a remote mining camp in Dease Lake, B.C., reports the Edmonton Journal.

Helicopter rescues, part one. Vancouver, Canada’s North Shore Rescue was called to save a man who got stranded on a narrow cliff ledge on one of Burke Mountain’s trails, reports North Shore News. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was used to help with the search and rescue of a lost mountain biker Saturday in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, reports the Napa Valley Register.

Helicopter rescues, part two. A helicopter operated by Solent Coastguard’s search and rescue manages to pull a fisherman out of the waters off the Isle of Wight after his boat sank, reports Portsmouth U.K.’s The News. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was used to rescue four migrants who jumped off a cliff west of Rio Rico, Mexico.,  while trying to enter the United States, reports Nogales International.