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Strange But True General Aviation News

March 22, 2013 by Benét Wilson

This is MY kind of wedding! Heather Howley and Marius Ivascu decided to bring the aviation theme to their recent wedding, reports Yahoo News.  The bride, a helicopter pilot, flew up 3,000 feet to allow the groom, a pilot and skydiving instructor, to jump and land at their reception.  The reception was held at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, an aviation history museum.

Do the crime? Do the time.  James R. Cate of Talpa, Texas, is facing 1.5 years in prison after being convicted of shooting at a crop duster spraying his neighbor’s field, reports KENS-TV.  A bullet hit the propeller, went through the engine cowling and into the chemical hopper, but the pilot wasn’t injured.

Meet dumb and dumber!   Margarito Trisitan III and Eugene Uresti were arrested after allegedly shining a laser into the cockpit of a Customs and Border Protection helicopter, reports the Monitor.  The men were found after the helicopter followed the car where the light came from.  Trisitan was also charged with marijuana possession.

Not such a happy birthday. New Zealand’s Nelson Aero Club celebrated its 80th birthday last year, and it might be its last.  The club’s two instructors were laid off after a meltdown of procedures, reports  Club members rallied to call for a special meeting about future operations.

We all love a good ending.  Linda Shackelford, a NASA employee, managed to walk away after an emergency landing in a wooded area outside of Baytown, Texas, reports KTRK-TV.  Shackelford said her engine stalled.

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