Benet Wilson

Strange But True General Aviation News

November 5, 2012 by Benét Wilson

It’s a runway, it’s a highway. Pilot John Wright found himself making an emergency landing on I-95 in Georgia’s McIntosh County, reports WTVM-TV.  He was not injured.

The timing for this purchase was bad. Nigerian Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State is getting some flak after taking delivery of a new $45 million Bombardier Global 5000 right after thousands of residents in his state have been displaced by the worst flooding crisis in the state’s history, reports the Osun Defender.  He traded in an Embraer Legacy 600 to buy the new jet.

Talk about the frozen tundra…A Cessna 207 enroute from Emmonak to Kotlik, Alaska, ended up making a tundra landing after developing engine problems, reports KTUU-TV.  The pilot and his passenger were uninjured.

Do the crime, do the time.  Jerry Edward Kuwata, a former executive at Lincoln-based aircraft parts company WECO Aerospace Systems Inc., is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to endangering aircraft, reports KSWT-TV.  He used uncertified parts and falsely certified that the FAA approved their use in aircraft repair.

Glad this one got caught.  Adam Gardenhire has pleaded guilty to pointing a laser at aircraft including a Cessna jet and a police helicopter, reports the Sacramento Bee.  He could get up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

China sets up a no-fly zone.  The Chinese government has started to clamp down on the sale of radio-controlled helicopters and planes, reports the Globe and Mail.  The government made the move as it tightens security as the Communist Party begins a major transfer of power starting on Nov. 8.

We’ll end the week with this cool time-lapse video by Duncan Aviation on the painting of a Gulfstream GV at its new facility in Lincoln, Neb. Enjoy!

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One Response to “Strange But True General Aviation News”

  1. Bret Viets Says:

    I think it is good that action has been taken against a laser user, but I am still wondering why
    as pilots we can report a bird strike on line, and laser reporting requires an fax. There
    is a location for the general public to report online. I am constantly on the road so sending a fax
    is either not an option or requires that I pay a hotel to send it. Last spring I was being targeted
    by a laser. I reported it to the closest control tower, then I used the general public online portal
    to report it to the FAA. Since I fly an airship, I was able to capture the incident on video and still shots and even captured a picture of the person standing in front of their house commiting the
    crime, which provided me an address. I gave the information to the FAA and they did nothing.

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