April 27, 2009
By Dave Hirschman
Alan Henley and son.
When former Aeroshell Team Leader Alan Henley was severely injured last year in a home accident, his flying friends quickly came up with the idea to raise money to offset his massive medical costs: an airshow.
They carried it off in spectacular fashion April 18 and 19 at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla., where more than 30 performers flew each day--and all donated their services and paid their own expenses to be there. More than 28,000 people attended the two-day event, and organizers told Henley, his wife Jennifer, and kids Skylar and Brandon the result at Sun ’n Fun on April 25. The Jacksonville show raised $110,000 for the Alan Henley Foundation.
Alan Henley and family with the Aeroshell Team.
“The aviation community is a very caring and dedicated group of people,” said Henley, who lost the use of his legs and has limited mobility in his arms as the result of an accident on a chin-up bar. “They take care of each other. It’s an honor to be considered one of them. This will definitely help us out quite a bit.”
The Aeroshell Team, a group that flies four North American A/T-6s, flew their aerobatic formation routines in Jacksonville and performed all week at Sun ’n Fun.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
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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