Posts Tagged ‘flying’
Original article 10/2014. Yeah, right. The Sovakian AeroMobil 3.0 flying car has made another splash in the news by appearing at another trade conference, the most recent one being the Pioneers Festival at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. The first public presentation was in 2007 at Aero-Friedrichshafen in Germany. You can see a video about the car here (four minutes, cue the eerie music). The prototype actually works, doing 100 mph on the ground and a promised 124 mph in the air. The price (you can’t get one yet) is said to be like that of a super luxury car, which leaves one guessing. A 2014 Lamborghini is $200,000 if you get the one intended for poor people, or $548,800 if you get the Lamborghini Aventador which of course would be first choice for most of us. I’ll bet the AeroMobil would fit aboard your private luxury Boeing 747, which actually WILL be ready soon (April in Hamburg). Anyway, good luck AeroMobil, and while I’m at it, good luck to the following flying car companies: Terrafugia, Maverick, Parajet SkyRunner, Pegase (from Vaylon in France), Krossblade Aerospace, Moller Skycar, and Fresh Breeze (flying motorcycle) of Germany. And an additional shoutout to the good folks at Martin Jetpack in New Zealand. Best of luck to everyone.
Drone wanted! St. Louis police are searching for the owner of a $1,300 DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with a camera that crashed into the Metropolitan Square building, the city’s tallest, reports Reuters. The FAA had been investigating the crash, as commercial use of drones is prohibited by the agency, but handed it over to police until they find more information on the crash.
Emergency landings. A father and son made an emergency landing in a field after their aircraft’s engine cut out before landing at Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Airport, reports KTVB-TV. A pilot ended up with stiches in his head but otherwise uninjured after crashing into a grove of trees near Caledonia, Minn., reports KELO-TV.
Helicopter to the rescue! A helicopter was used to remove a Taylorcraft aircraft that was pushed into trees by the wind shortly after taking off, reports KTUU-TV. The pilot of the aircraft was not injured.
All’s well that ends well. A pilot suffered minor injuries after his experimental aircraft crashed in a swamp near South Carolina’s Sumter Airport, leaving him trapped for seven hours before being rescued, reports the Sumpter Item. And a pilot suffered nonlife threatening injuries after making an emergency landing on a Little League baseball field outside of San Antonio, Texas, reports the San Antonio News-Express.
Is this your nosewheel? A pilot flying a Pulsar XO Series 1 homebuilt got a radio call from people at Bremerton National Airport informing him that the nosewheel of his aircraft had been found on the runway after takeoff, reports the Bremerton Patriot. When he returned to land, he touched down on his two main wheels. The aircraft was damaged, but the pilot wasn’t injured.
High-flying UAVs seek marijuana crops. If you’re illegally growing marijuana in the West Midlands region of the U.K., you may want to reconsider. The government is now using UAVs with heat-seeking cameras to find farms using hydroponic lights to grow their “crops,” reports the Halesowen News.
Speaking of UAVs… A UAV operator in Springfield, Ohio, was arrested after his drone, while shooting video of a car accident, would not get out of the way of a medical helicopter trying to get to the scene, reports AvWeb. The man said he was going to give the video to a television station.
Water landing. A Swedish man survived his aircraft ditching into water off the Norrtälje municipality after he forgot to raise the landing wheens as he approached the water, reports The Local.
When drones attack. A female competing in the running leg of Australia’s Endure Batavia Triathlon was unable to finish after allegedly being hit in the head by a drone being operated by a photographer, reports the Guardian. The photographer says his drone was not to blame, claiming the woman tripped after being startled by the drone.
Escape plan. An aerobatic stunt pilot was able to parachute out of his single-engine aircraft before it crashed on Vermont’s Interstate 89 near Highgate, reports the Burlington Free Press. The pilot suffered minor injuries.
Icy rescue. An 80-year-old man was rescued after his 1977 Citabria aircraft broke through the ice in Canada’s Little Trading Bay, reports Canoe.ca. He sustained minor injuries and was treated for hypothermia.
Speaking of rescues…A Good Samaritan is being credited with rescuing two passengers on a Beechcraft Bonanza that crashed in the water as it attempted to land at Florida Keys Marathon Airport, reports the Bradenton Herald. No one was injured.
Speaking of drones… AvWeb reports that an eight-year-old Irish lad had a tooth removed via a drone being operated by his father. A string was placed around the tooth, and the drone flew about 20 feet, yanking it out.
They survived. Two men flying a Czech-built Allegro 2000 light sport aircraft survived after crashing near the edge of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., reports PilotOnline.com. The aircraft ended up near a private back yard, and the men walked away from the scene.
Helicopter rescue. A wind surfer on New York’s Long Island Sound had to be rescued by the Westchester County Police Aviation Unit after going out too far, reports New Rochelle Patch.
Hat tip to General Aviation News for sharing the FlightChops video below of “The Scariest Take Off I’ve Ever Seen.”
They should have just acted normal. Police in Cody, Wyo., confiscated nearly $260,000 in cash from two men who flew into Yellowstone Regional Airport without a pilot’s license and behaved suspiciously, reports the Powell Tribune. One man was charged with flying an unregistered aircraft, while the other was not charged.
Bootleggers in the sky. The owner and pilot of Alaska’s Ken Air charter business is in hot water after being accused of pointedly ignoring illegal booze being carried on trips in his Cessna 206, reports the Daily News Miner. The owner has been under surveillance by the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit since 2010.
Now selling on Amazon! General Aviation News reports that SCOUT Paramotors has become the first powered aircraft to be sold on Amazon.com. The Slovakia-based company builds backpack aircraft from aluminum and carbon fiber.
Emergency landings. A pilot made an emergency landing outside McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport after losing oil pressure, reports the Jackson Sun. A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing near Otago, New Zealand, reports the Otago Daily Times. A pilot and his passenger walked away from an accident in a Cessna 182 after making an emergency landing 100 feet away from a strip at Maryland’s Chesapeake Ranch Estates Airport, reports Southern American News Net.
Do the crime, do the time. Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, Calif., has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of pointing a laser into the cockpit of a police helicopter, reports the Sacramento Bee. He claims that he was just playing with his family and meant no harm.
Now taking off: AC/DC’s drummer. Phil Rudd, drummer for the iconic rock band AC/DC can move forward with reapplying for his helicopter license after a court in New Zealand ruled he didn’t lie on his application about a marijuana conviction, reports the Guardian. But he did cop to failing to maintain a logbook and was fined $700.
Emergency landings. A pilot escaped injury after making an emergency landing in a field in Wood’s Cross, Utah, reports the Deseret News. A pilot flying a Piper Saratoga made an emergency landing at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport after the aircraft’s landing gear wouldn’t come down, reports WMBF-TV. A pilot and passenger were not injured after making an emergency landing of a Cessna 152 at Australia’s Moorabbin Airport, reports the Herald-Sun.