November 11, 2009
Apr. 29 - For the first time the AOPA sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 is at Frederick, Maryland, its home airport, having arrived there via Lakeland, Florida, where it was on display at the Sun `n Fun EAA Fly-In. The 750-nm flight took 8 hours and 6 minutes of flying time. On the clock, the airplane lifted off from Fort Pierce, Florida, at 8:33 a.m. on a Saturday and arrived overhead Frederick at 7:15 p.m. There wasn't much time for eating along the way, and vending machines provided the menu. Stops included Fernandina Beach, Florida; Orangeburg, South Carolina; and Danville, Virginia, before reaching Frederick. An article on the flight by AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh will appear soon in Pilot. You'll learn some valuable tips about open-cockpit flying, like how to keep your gloves from flying overboard.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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