Iron Maiden vocalist’s new venture takes off. Iron Maiden front man and licensed pilot Bruce Davidson has received $8 million to help fund his new venture: an aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, reports LoudWire.com. Dickinson has also flown the heavy metal band’s tour jet.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a bicycle? The FBike, a proof-of-concept hybrid bicycle/multi-copter, has flown for the first time via radio control, reports AvWeb. The aircraft, which has lithium-polymer batteries powering six electric motors together capable of producing 50 kW of power, was created by Czech engineers and designers.
An amazing helicopter rescue. Two teens stranded on a 8,600-foot-high cliff in California’s Sierra Buttes had to be rescued by a helicopter operated by the California Highway Patrol’s Valley Division Air Operations, reports the Sacramento Bee.
A not-so-amazing helicopter rescue. High winds in Waiehu, Hawaii, stopped a helicopter from completing the salvage of a Piper Cherokee that had landed in the brush, reports the Maui News. With winds of up to 25 mph, the damaged aircraft was cut from the helicopter’s line and fell into the ocean.
Emergency landings. Pilot Joseph Burch found himself stuck in brush and small trees after he was unable to stop his aircraft after landing at Cavanaugh Bay Airstrip in Coolin, Texas, reports the Bonner County Daily Bee. A small aircraft was forced to do a belly landing at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, causing five airplanes to divert to Bakersfield Municipal Airport, reports the Fresno Bee.