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Strange but true general aviation news

June 21, 2013 by Benét Wilson

A simple limousine pales in comparison. High school senior Adam Ventimiglia felt a plain old limousine wasn’t quite good enough as transport for his prom date, Adrianne White.He took her for a pre-prom ride in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, reports the Windsor Star.

Flying and drinking just don’t mix, part one. Pilot Phillip Yves Lavoie is facing up to 15 years in prison after being arrested for flying while intoxicated, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Lavoie was flying a Cessna 210 on a cargo mission for Flight Express from Charleston, S.C., and managed to land at Tampa International Airport.

Flying and drinking just don’t mix, part two. Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has ruled that the crash of a helicopter that killed three was caused by its pilot, who was drunk, allowing one of his drunken passengers to fly the aircraft, reports the Daily Mail.

You would think they’d find a better place for this.  Some residents in Denton, Texas, are upset with a new business that’s moved into the neighborhood — Helicoptersniper.com, reports KEYE-TV. The company allows customers to take 15 minutes to test and challenge their marksmanship skills by flying through various obstacles while shooting from a helicopter.

I guess an axe just didn’t cut it. Power company Entergy Arkansas rented a helicopter air saw, a giant, 10-blade saw connected below a helicopter, to cut trees away from power lines knocked down in storms, reports KARK-TV.

We love a good landing!  A pilot and his passenger managed to walk away from the emergency landing of a Diamond Eclipse while practicing takeoffs and landings out of Ohio’s Bellefontaine Regional Airport, reports WHIO-TV.  The aircraft lost power and performed a soft field emergency landing.

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2 Responses to “Strange but true general aviation news”

  1. Bent Esbensen Says:

    This is from today’s e-AOPA. It is also a mysterious story: Bartsch said the technology is already available to install a solar array on top of a hangar that would be large enough to charge the battery overnight,

    They shouldn’t be dabbling in aircraft. If they have solar panels which work at night, they will make a fortune….!

  2. JOE BOLL Says:

    I have been using a solarpanel in 1977 C172, 24Volt System for many years. If you you don’t fly the airplane often enough, then a tricklecharger is a good investment. The 24 Volt panels are hard to find. The 12 Volt panels are in many Catalogs. Suncore or Sunforce is one Maker. Perhaps theTruckcatalogs at Truckstops will show them. You will have to install a Cigarettelighterplug (maleplug) to the battery, as the plugs in the cabin are dead after the Master is switched off. Use a 10ft cable, so you can hang the panel in the bagage -compartement, as you can fly with it plugged in.
    Good Luck and Happy Flying. Capt Joe.

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