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Strange but true general aviation news

July 12, 2013 by Benét Wilson

Let’s fly Con Air! Officials from New Zealand’s Corrections Department spent $6500 to fly some prisoners on a day trip  from Christchurch to Blenheim by private aircraft to appear in a court trial, reports The journey is usually four hours in a truck.

Now landing – the iPad. Pilot Raymond Cody watched as the instrument panel in his cockpit malfunction and his navigation system give out, so what did he do? He called the Transportation Security Administration’s customer service hotline, where an agent was able to walk him through landing at Colorado’s Grand Junction Regional Airport using his iPad, reports Huffington Post.

Next time, rent an aircraft. Joe Barbera had to be rescued from a tree 40 feet in the air after he tried to fly 268 miles in a lawn chair carried by balloons in an attempt to break a world record, reports Northwest Cable News.

Justin Bieber, monkeying around… Pop sensation Justin Bieber kept a private jet chartered take him from Miami to Burbank, Calif., waiting for eight hours. Why? He had chartered a helicopter earlier in the day to fly him to from Miami to West Palm Beach to search for his pet monkey, reports the New York Daily News.

Don’t monks take a vow of poverty? Photos of three Thai monks — one wearing flashy sunglasses, one wearing headsets and one with a Louis Vuitton bag — sitting on a private jet have gone viral, reports the Global Post.  So much for that vow…

Do the crime, do the time. 48-year-old Michael Paul Gallanter and 31-year-old Ethan Oliver Wynne-Wade pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute after being caught with 200 pound of marijuana and other drugs in a Piper PA28 after making a refueling stop at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, reports

This may have been overkill.  Flying magazine has posted a video showing a flight instructor and student in a Robinson R22 helicopter who decided to descend and rescue a P-51 scale model that had crashed into a tree — and filmed the rescue. So now the debate is on — was this a smart thing to do?

All’s well that ends well. A couple walked away after having to make an emergency landing in a corn field near Camas, Wash., after their aircraft lost power, reports Oregon Live. Howard Lowden managed to land his Beechcraft Travel Air, without landing gear, at Georgia’s Rowan County Airport, reports the Rome News-Tribune.

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    Howard Lowden appears to be a resident of Georgia, but Rowan County Airport (RUQ) is in North Carolina.

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