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Strange But True General Aviation News

May 20, 2013 by Benét Wilson

This was a test. It was only a test.  Police in Loxford, Australia, have stopped their search for the wreckage of an airplane crash after determining it was only helicopter training in the area, reports the Newcastle Herald.

It was a crash party.  Olympia, Wash.-based Aircare Solutions Group celebrated the completion of its eighth full-motion aircraft cabin simulator by simulating several crash landing scenarios, reports the News Tribune.  Company executives, staff and other businesses who helped build the simulator were allowed to test the simulators and held a barbecue lunch after to discuss their experiences.

Unusual landings. A pilot* was not injured after making an emergency landing and having his aircraft flip several times before landing upside down in the grass off the side of the runway at Connecticut’s Meriden-Markham Airport, reports the Record-Journal.   Pilot David Windmiller was forced to land his aerobatic airplane on a Long Island, N.Y., highway after experiencing engine trouble, reports the New York Daily News.
*Correction: AOPA incorrectly identified the pilot who performed the emergency landing at Meriden-Markham Airport as Jeffrey Standel. Standel, who is  a pilot, was not flying the aircraft; he had ridden his bike to the airport and was a bystander mentioned in the article. 

Drones hunt pigs, deliver marriage proposal. Electrical engineers Cy Brown and James Palmer are using camera-mounted drones to hunt and kill feral pigs causing damage to land in Louisiana, reports ARS Technica.  Photographer Jason Muscat used an RC helicopter camera and mounted an engagement ring to propose to his now-fiancee in San Francisco, reports Peta Pixel.

It was the least he could do.  Actor Charlie Sheen sent a private jet to pick up his ex-wife Denise Richards in New York on Mother’s Day so that she could get home to Los Angeles in time to take their daughters to school the next day, reports Richards currently has temporary custody of Sheen’s twin boys with ex-wife Brooke Mueller.

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