August 24, 2011
By Thomas A. Horne
Hurricane Irene is currently entering the Bahamas chain, packing sustained winds of 115 mph. This Category 3 hurricane is capable of “devastating damage,” according to the National Hurricane Center, and pilots with interests in the areas expected to come under Irene’s influence should monitor its progress. These areas that could be impacted include virtually the entire eastern coast of the United States.
To this end, weather provider WSI Corp. will be posting a daily update on Irene at 5 p.m. Eastern. Visit WSI’s website to access the brief update and view WSI-generated hurricane tracking charts. The National Hurricane Center provides official government guidance on this and any other tropical lows or depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.
It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.
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