June 24, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
Plane spotting is best practiced on terra firma. Still, plane spotters’ knowledge goes where they go—and nothing will grab the attention of two spotters flying the traffic pattern in a Cessna 172 like the tower saying, “Make short approach. Your traffic is a Galaxy on a two-mile final.” Landing and (promptly) taxiing clear, the plane spotters check how closely the huge C-5 was trailing, only to see a mid-sized bizjet touching down. Did somebody cut in? No. This is a Gulfstream G200, named after its original manufacturer, Galaxy Aerospace.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
The memory of a passenger who perished in an April 1945 airline accident continues to drive an effort to recognize notable achievements in aviation safety.
Santa Monica will appeal a court decision dismissing a lawsuit seeking to release the city from its obligation to keep SMO open and operating.
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