Benet Wilson

Strange but true general aviation news

August 16, 2013 by Benét Wilson

That was close. An RAF fighter pilot flying a Tornado missed hitting a glider by a mere 100 feet only after executing an inverted loop at 500 mph, reports the Independent. The pilot was doing refueling and weaponry exercises.

Do we pay for the fuel too? Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko plans to ask the U.S. Export-Import Bank for financing to buy 11 business jets, reports Reuters. He reportedly wants to place the jets in his Finland-based luxury jet charterer, Airfix Aviation Oy.

Amazing landings. Pilot  Fred Newman Jr. was able to walk away from an emergency landing 900 feet short of the runway at Tupelo Airport, reports the Lee County Courier. John Principe landed his Cessna Skyhawk on New Hampshire’s Interstate 89 after experiencing engine problems.

Up in smoke. Two gentlemen building an ultralight aircraft in his Jefferson, La., garage saw their work completely destroyed after their garage caught fire, reports WGNO-TV. The fire department is investigating the cause of the blaze.

You play, you pay. Gary Bojczak will have to pay an FCC fine of $32,000 fine after the agency determined he used an illegal GPS jamming device in his pickup truck that interfered with Newark Liberty International Airport’s satellite-based tracking system, reports NJ.com. The man was allegedly using the device to hide from his employer.

Hooray! An airport wedding! After facing several hurdles from the city, Karen Engle and Kevin Holcomb were finally able to get married at Bay City’s James Clements Airport, reports WNEM.

 

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