February 7, 2014
By Benét J. Wilson
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released "Courage," the first trailer for the movie Planes: Fire & Rescue. The movie, in 3-D, is the sequel to last summer’s hit and will be released on July 18.
The second edition is a new comedy-adventure with a theme of second chances. It features a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire.
When world-famous air racer Dusty, voiced by Dane Cook, learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and launches into the world of aerial firefighting. In the movie, he joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voiced by Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie, and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers.
The team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. The film was directed by Bobs Gannaway, who has produced and directed Disney movies and television shows.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
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