Archive for March, 2014

Richard Petty

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Lynda Petty, the wife of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, died Tuesday (March 25 2014) after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. She was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma four years ago.

Malaysia 370 is not the first: Flying Tigers 739 was

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

We have been inundated by speculation on the missing Malaysian 777 but nowhere have I seen the event connected to another eerily similar event from over 50 years ago, on March 14, 1962 to be precise.

 

For full story see http://airfactsjournal.com/2014/03/malaysia-370-first-flying-tiger-739/

 

Why I want to be a pilot

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

WHY I WANT TO BE A PILOT

When I grow up I want to be a pilot because it’s a fun job and easy to do. That’s why there are so many pilots flying around these days.

Pilots don’t need much school. They just have to learn to read numbers so they can read their instruments.

I guess they should be able to read a road map, too.

Pilots should be brave to they won’t get scared it it’s foggy and they… can’t see, or if a wing or motor falls off.

Pilots have to have good eyes to see through the clouds, and they can’t be afraid of thunder or lightning because they are much closer to them than we are.

The salary pilots make is another thing I like. They make more money than they know what to do with. This is because most people think that flying a plane is dangerous, except pilots don’t because they know how easy it is.

I hope I don’t get airsick because I get carsick and if I get airsick, I couldn’t be a pilot and then I would have to go to work.

— purported to have been written by a fifth grade student at Jefferson School, Beaufort, SC

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Helicopter Crash near Seattle’s Space Needle

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

March 18 2014

(CNN) — It was the sound of the engine that alerted some people who were in Seattle’s Fisher Plaza Tuesday morning that something was amiss.

At about 7:40 a.m., Bo Bain was a few feet from the famed Space Needle that towers over the northern end of the city when he heard sounds he has grown accustomed to hearing during his work in the tourist district on a construction project.

“We were working here on the corner and the helicopter came in and landed, as he usually does several times a day,” Bain told CNN affiliate KOMO.

The pilot put the news helicopter down on a landing pad outside KOMO’s offices “for a minute or two,” and then tried to rise again into the air, Bain said. That’s when the routine engine noises changed abruptly, and Bain knew something was up.

“When he went to take back off, the sound of the helicopter changed kind of drastically, and I looked and the helicopter was almost immediately pitched sideways and off balance, and he kind of just nose-dove over the trees, and clipped the top of the trees and crashed just on the other side of the street there.”

As soon as it hit the ground, the helicopter burst into flames and a line of aviation fuel started running down Broad Street. It was more than two hours before the Space Needle was to open but at a time when the area was abuzz with commuters en route to work. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offices are about a quarter-mile away.

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Flymall News March 2014

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Lots going on at the Flymall (http://flymall.org/). We are now part of the Ural Motorcycle Emissary program. Keep checking our Facebook page for more information and details. Contact us if you need sales brochures or other information on these great motorcycles. We’ll be showing our Ural at shows throughout this coming show season and we will have some cool Ural items to give a way. We have one of the oldest (not the oldest) Ural Motorcycles in the country.

The team at Kraemer Aviation and the Flymall (http://flymall.org/) are pleased to announce that our membership has been accepted to the Association of Online Appraisers as a “Certified Member” status. We hope to earn some of their advanced certifications over the coming months.

Harry Kraemer, a 9-time Master Flight Instructor, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Harry is the CEO and president of Kraemer Aviation Services (http://Flymall.org/). He specializes in glass cockpit, turbine, and complex aircraft training as well as aircraft checkouts.  

Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Harry Kraemer, the president of Kraemer Aviation Services and resident of Germantown, Maryland.  Recently, Harry’s accreditation as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for Master Instructor designations as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Program.  He first earned this national professional accreditation in 1998, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 5 worldwide to earn the credential nine (9) times. 

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 98,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 800 aviation educators worldwide have achieved one or more of the Master accreditations thus far.  Harry was the first in Maryland to earn this designation and is one of only 12 Maryland aviation educators to earn this prestigious “Master” title.  In addition, he is the only person who has ever earned and held three different Master Instructor accreditations concurrently. 

In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA.  Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review.  The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism.  Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning — both their own, and their students’.  The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate.

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Today in Aviation History
September 21, 1947: An Air Force C-54 transport, The Big Push, equipped with robot flying equipment and an automatic pilot, flies from Clinton County AFB, Wilmington, OH to Brize Norton, England, and returns under automatic control - the first fully automatic transatlantic flight.