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Strange But True General Aviation News

May 24, 2013 by Benét Wilson

You never know where you’ll find love!  A swan named Whooper has been searching for a new mate for two years after losing his partner, but one must question his new choice. Whooper has fallen in love with a dark grey Eurocopter EC155, reports the Daily Mail.  The swan has had its wings clipped for its own safety after approaching the helicopter every time it lands near the  Les Mielles Golf and Country Club on the Channel Island of Jersey.

Flying car didn’t live up to its name.  Two pilots sustained minor injuries after crashing a Maverick, a powered parachute/car built in Florida, reports AvWeb.  AvWeb Editor Russ Niles was scheduled to fly the craft next.

Wasn’t the accident enough?  It was bad enough when pilot Kelly Thompson had to make an emergency landing on a road adjacent to Cottonwood Municipal Airport. But now, after a joint investigation by the FAA and the Cottonwood Police Department, Thompson is being charged with operating an airplane without a proper license, operating a not-airworthy aircraft, and reckless aircraft operations, reports the Verde Independent.

He’s taking on the FAA.  Pilot Keith George has decided to challenge the FAA’s proposed 180-day suspension to his commercial pilot’s certificate because of an emergency landing he did on Wisconsin’s Interstate 94, reports the Journal Times.  The FAA charged George with four counts related to the incident, including operating his aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger life or property of another after he allegedly overshot the runway on a normal landing, turning the event into an emergency.

What was he hiding? Singer/actor Marc Anthony’s private jet was delayed from leaving Mexico’s Veracruz International Airport after he tried to avoid a customs check, reports Latino Daily News. The singer was asked to deplane and go through the airport security checkpoint and refused. His jet was held until he complied.

Eye in the sky. The West Vancouver Police Department and the Squamish Royal Canadian Mounted Police have a new weapon in catching speeders — the RCMP’s regional traffic patrol helicopter, Air One.  The two departments recently teamed together to catch eight speeders posted speed limit on the Sea to Sky Highway, reports the Province.

Justice scales and a helicopter?  A statue of Lady Liberty sitting atop Ohio’s Marion County Courthouse was holding more than a set of scales.  In addition to the scales, Lady Justice is also holding a 9-inch, remote-control helicopter, reports FOX News.  The owner, video producer Terry Cline, has been trying to get the helicopter back, to no avail.

It’s a highway, it’s a runway! A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on highway U.S. 50 in Delta, Colo., reports the Montrose Press.  The pilot told local police that his single engine aircraft experienced a power failure.

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