Archive for May, 2011

AOPA

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

From ANN Contributor Bob Miller, CFII, ATP – My suggestion to our readers is that they follow my example and yank the plug on AOPA.

From ANN – Today (long after the first complaints), ANN received a threatening missive from an AOPA lawyer in an apparent attempt to intimidate us into silence… and (surprise!!!) less than a day after they were notified (in order to elicit a response) that we were publishing a Guest Editorial from another high-profile member of the aviation community protesting conduct like this…

This is NOT the AOPA that ANN once admired, praised and was proud to support… not by a long shot.  Click here for full story.

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Human-Powered Helicopter Takes Flight

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

University of Maryland’s “Gamera” Claims World Record with Female Pilot Aboard, Confirmation Is Pending

A team of more than 50 students at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering has succeeded in flying their human-powered helicopter, Gamera. At approximately 1730 EDT on Thursday, pilot Judy Wexler, a 24-year-old biology graduate student at UM, pedaled furiously, taking the craft 3-5 inches into the air for about 4 seconds, setting a world record for human-powered helicopter flight with a female pilot.

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Today in Aviation History
September 21, 1961: The prototype Boeing Vertol Model 114 (CH-47 Chinook) makes its maiden flight. Production a/c would begin to enter service in December 1962.