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Strange But True General Aviation News

October 19, 2012 by Benét Wilson

Yes, you just got pulled over — because of a plane. The Florida Highway Patrol has begun using a Cessna SkyHawk  to catch speeding drivers in the Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Broward counties, reports the Palm Beach Post.  An officer pilot tracks speeders from the skies and transmits the informantion to a patrol car on the ground, who then issues a speeding ticket.

I guess he wanted a certain look. Embattled Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries has been embarrassed by a set of rules required for the actors and models that serve as flight attendants on the company’s Gulfstream G550, reports Bloomberg. According to a 40-page document released as part of an age discrimination lawsuit filed against the company by a former pilot, Jeffries insisted on rules including: black gloves had to be used when handling silverware and white gloves to lay the table; males required to wear a belt, hat, gloves, boxer briefs and a “spritz” of the retailer’s cologne; and specific seating arrangements for the CEO’s three dogs.

He had a ticket to ride. Ultimate Fighter Champion Stephen Bonnar had a problem — he had to be in Rio de Janeiro for a championship, but his wife was in Las Vegas about to deliver their first child. UFC founder Dana White came to the rescue, offering Bonnar a ride home in his Bombardier Global Express, reports Flying magazine.

Speaking of tickets to ride… Amber Nolan is hoping to visit all 50 states…by hitching rides on general aviation aircraft, reports the Seattle Times.  So far, she has visited 11 states and flown in planes ranging from a Piper Lance to an Eclipse 500.

Nice haul.  The Australian Federal Police seized nearly $100 million in luxury goods from criminals in the past year, nearly double that of the previous year, reports CQNews.com. Among the items seized was a Beechcraft A36 and “multiple” Rolls-Royces.

The accidents that weren’t. An alleged aircraft accident in El Reno, Okla.,  turned out to be a controlled burn, reports KFOR-TV.  Fire companies and a helicopter searched an area in Fredericksburg, Pa., for a reported accident that turned out to be  plane doing a smoke show, reports the Lebanon Daily News.

Amazing! 90-year-old pilot and World War II veteran Vernon E. Bothwell Jr. managed to land his 1986 Woody Pusher when it went down after experiencing engine failure, reports WTHI-TV.  Bothwell was treated for a ankle fracture and a head laceration.

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