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Strange but true general aviation news

July 26, 2013 by Benét Wilson

 General aviation as a crime fighting tool. Kevin Weber, owner of  Weber Farms near Quincy, Wash., and a pilot, was a man with a problem — someone had stolen his dump truck and trailer. His solution? After receiving an anonymous tip, he got in his aircraft and flew over an area near Grand Coulee and saw his truck and trailer in the yard of a man who had worked for him four years ago, reports the Yakima Herald. The man was arrested and the equipment was returned.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone?  Some pranksters in the San Francisco Bay Area decided to have fun with drivers by posting signs saying “Speed Enforced By Drones,” reports CBS San Francisco. The California Highway Patrol confirmed that the signs are fake, but that they were done very professionally.

Speaking of drones… Florida’s Highway 98 near Panama City was shut down for 24 hours after an Air Force QF-4 drone crashed and exploded, reports Flying magazine . No one was hurt in the explosion.

Put the camera away. National Geographic freelance aerial photographer George Steinmetz was arrested and charged with trespassing after he was caught photographing a feedlot, reports Huffington Post.

Fake pilot, real flying. A man going by the name of Alex Coussirat was arrested by the FBI after it was discovered he was flying helicopters for Mercy Flight Central in the Syracuse area for eight months — without an airman’s certificate, reports  Syracuse.com. Coussirat is actually John M. Dial, a former military pilot unable to get a certificate because of his criminal record.

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