Posts Tagged ‘general aviation’

Catching up with…Victoria Neuville Zajko

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Victoria Zajko (left), holds Turbo; Kelly Kennedy is shown with Olive. Zajko and Kennedy have written a children's book, "Turbo the Flying Dog."

Victoria Zajko (left), holds Turbo; Kelly Kennedy is shown with Olive. Zajko and Kennedy have written a children’s book, “Turbo the Flying Dog.”

 

After successfully managing several events aimed at introducing girls and women to aviation—some local, some worldwide—Victoria Neuville Zajko was looking for a new project. She didn’t have to look far, because the source of inspiration was gnawing on a toy in her home.

Zajko and friend Kelly Kennedy have written a children’s book, Turbo the Flying Dog, loosely based on her own dog’s adventures. She and husband Bob adopted the pup in 2012 and brought him home in their Glasair. Since then, Turbo has become a familiar sight at Frederick Municipal Airport, and if the Zajkos are flying somewhere, he almost always can be found in the backseat of the Glasair, sporting Mutt-Muffs.

Co-author Kennedy owns Olive, the little Schnauzer-Poodle who is Turbo’s friend, both in the book and in real life.

“We were just talking about how we’d rescued Turbo, and how he’d logged 10 hours of time” in his first year, when the idea of creating a children’s book quickly came together, Zajko said. Turbo, who has his own logbook as well as a Facebook page and Instagram account, has many followers on social media who have responded enthusiastically to the project. His younger fans have sent him crayon drawings.

Turbo the Flying Dog focuses on Turbo’s adoption and how he has to overcome his fear of flying so that he can go to his new home, Zajko said. Future titles include Turbo Learns to Fly and Turbo Flies into History. The series is targeted to ages 4 to 8 and will include themes of general aviation, animal rescue, and diversity.

Zajko and Kennedy have created a Kickstarter campaign to get the books off the ground. If you’d like to support the project, go here. The first book is slated to arrive in December.  The campaign ends Nov. 2.

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Upside down. A pilot walked away after a Cessna 180 flipped over after it was caught by a gust of wind when landing at Cameron Airpark in California’s El Dorado County, reports News10ABC. The pilot suffered only a minor injury.

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.

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Birds are the problem, monkeys are the solution. Officials in China are using trained monkeys to knock down bird nests near a military airport to keep feathered friends away from the facility, reports AvWeb. The airport previously used humans for the job, but they were deemed slow and expensive. Two monkeys have managed to destroy 180 nests in only two months.

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.

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Fore! A Cessna CJ3 with three people aboard walked away after the aircraft overshot the runway at an aviation community near Daytona, Fla. ,and landed in a golf course water trap, reports AvWeb.

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.

 

GA charities: Apply for the AOPA Foundation’s Giving Back grants

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The AOPA Foundation has opened applications for the second year of its Giving Back grant program. The effort was created to award grants of up to $10,000 to 10 nonprofit groups that perform charitable work through general aviation. In 2013, 10 very worthy groups received the grants.  Two of the organizations I recommened in a post last year won grants. Below are my suggestions of organizations who should consider applying for the 2014 awards.

  • Girls With Wings — Pilot and founder Lynda Meeks offers scholarships, female role models, and events across the country designed to interest women and girls in aviation.  A foundation grant would help Meeks give away more scholarshps. Read my AOPA Online story here on updates of past winners.
  • Vision of Flight – As a minority woman, I would love to see more people of color discover the joys of general aviation. To that end, Orlando-based Vision of Flight provides GA opportunities for economically disadvantaged youths. Read about their effort to honor the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail pilots here.
  • Michigan’s Howell High School. The high school has partnered with Howell, Mich.-based Crosswinds Aviation and the local EAA Young Eagles chapter on an introduction to aviation program. I saw  Matt Dahline, owner of Crosswinds Aviation, at last month’s Sun ‘N Fun, where he was visiting Central Florida Aerospace Academy, an effort he hopes to replicate in Howell. And here’s a story I did on the current program.
  • Able Flight – This organization that provides full scholarships to teach those with physical disabilities how to fly. This is an organization that deserves every dime it gets toward its goal of transforming lives. They awared a record 14 scholarships in April, but the need far outweighs the resources.
  • A local chapter of the Ninety-Nines or Women In Aviation, International. I applaud the work that local chapters do in promoting aviation. The Ventura County, Claif., chapter of the Ninety-Nines partnered with the local EAA chapter to build a viewport and picnic area at Camarillo Airport. And the Atlantic Aviators, a a chapter of Women in Aviation, International based at New Bedford Regional Airport in Massachusetts, built a wonderful playground at the facility. Both of these efforts are good example of AOPA President Mark Baker’s objective to make general aviation airports welcoming and instruments to inspire a new generation of pilots.

The grants are available only to 501(c)(3) organizations, and not to individuals. Applications will be accepted through July 11, 2014. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Md., on Oct. 4. So apply today!

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Was that a beer can that just flew by? A promotional Budweiser Beer blimp that broke loose from its tether at an event in Saint John, New Brunswick, was found in a forest outside the city, reports CBC. Transport Canada issued a notice to pilots about the wayward blimp.

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.

 

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Darned birds. A pilot was forced to land his aircraft after flying into a flock of birds, reports the South Wales Evening Post. The pilot landed the aircraft, which flipped over, on his own airstrip. He was later diagnosed with a slight concussion.

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.

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, April 18th, 2014

No drones!! The FAA has taken exception with the Washington Nationals baseball team using a drone to take photos of its players during spring training, reports CBS Baltimore.  The agency said the team should have informed them before taking the photos.

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.”

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Drinking and flying don’t mix.  A man is facing DUI and obstructing a police officer after allegedly stealing an aircraft from Boulder City Municipal Airport in Nevada, reports Examiner.com.  The man, seen “recklessly” taking off and landing five times, said he was trying to complete part of his pilot’s license.

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.

Strange but true general aviation news

Friday, March 14th, 2014

EBay auction for Soviet “Bear” bomber pulled.  Someone trying to auction a Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-95 “Bear” on Ebay pulled the long-range strategic bomber from the site, reports ARS Technica. The non-flying aircraft is located somewhere in Ukraine.

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.

Lightning does strike twice! There were not one, but two accidents within two days on the Alton Bay ice runway on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, reports the Concord Monitor. No one was injured in either accident.

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.