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Allegiant Airlines pilots concerned about plane safety
Allegiant Airlines pilots claim the airline is cutting corners on safety after mechanical problems forced a flight to make an emergency landing in St. Petersburg. Pilots from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union sent a letter to shareholders, claiming the airline is ignoring FAA recommendations on important safety programs Citing a report by the Aviation Mechanic Coalition, an airline mechanics union, pilots claim between January and March of this year, there were 38 instances of mechanical issues with Allegiant.
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Gore launches line of aviation fluid-repellent sealant tape
General Aviation News
W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials with a new aviation fluid-repellent tape.
Available in various sizes, the new tape is suited for use on belly fairings, engine nacelles, tail boom covers, fuel bladders and access panels, according to company officials.
This gap filling material provides protection in a variety of conditions, including wide temperature ranges, bending, flexing and exposure to aircraft fluids.
Women workers at Naval Air Station kept the planes flying
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
The day after Pearl Harbor a civil service worker at the Naval Air Station's Assembly & Repair Department went to see the officer in charge, Lt. Comdr. Herman Halland, to resign. Two days later, a young woman came to the department seeking a job. When she told Halland her name he said, "Do you have a brother named Joe who used to work here?"
"Yes," she said, "he joined the air corps so I would like to take his place." She got the job. Women would be needed to fill jobs on the base when the men went off to war.
The job Joe's sister applied for was classified as mechanical learner.
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Sam Jewell's childhood dream affects people worldwide
Daily Dunklin Democrat
Sam Jewell has been in the aviation business for nearly 48 years. His father was a paratrooper in World War II and greatly influenced his decision to become an aviation mechanic and later a pilot. "Son, if you go into work as a mechanic, you will never be without work because something will always need to be fixed." With those words in mind, Jewell set out on his journey.
Hanks picked to play Sully
Reports out of Hollywood say Tom Hanks has been picked to play Capt. Chesley Sullenberger in the movie adaptation of the Miracle on the Hudson pilot's autobiography. Variety reported late that Hanks is in final negotiations to play the lead in a movie that will be directed by Clint Eastwood. Hanks has a long list of hit film roles, including as Commander Jim Lovell in Apollo 13.
The working title is apparently Miracle on the Hudson and there has been no word on who might play First Officer Jeff Skiles.
Video: 4-year-old's priceless reaction to aerobatics
Many of you will remember the 2013 viral video of 6-year-old Lainey Woodson experiencing the unbridled joy of flight for the first time in her father's Piper Cub. Now an even more heart-warming video has surfaced of 4-year-old Lea Langumier giggling in the skies over Quebec, Ontario, Canada, as her dad Raphael performs aerobatics in his Citabria.
This wasn't Lea's first rodeo, as is plainly evident in the video. She's been flying with her father since she was two. But this was her first time experiencing inverted flight.
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Video: Inside the Dreamliner's flight deck
General Aviation News
Okay, so definitely not GA, but Boeing just released a video that allows you into the flight deck of the 787-9 Dreamliner as the Boeing crew rehearsed for the 2015 Paris Air Show.
The new video offers the full flight routine and a new experience: Viewers can choose between camera angles to see the full airplane and the pilots inside the flight deck.
Former pilot flies down memory lane with Father's Day gift
The Augusta Chronicle
Augusta resident Ray Centers has accomplished more in his 87 years than many could do in several lifetimes.
After a childhood in the poor coal mining town of Four Mile, Kentucky, Centers entered the Army at age 17, ultimately joining the Green Berets and serving for 25 years, He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, completing 1,900 logged parachute jumps and rising to the rank of command sergeant major.
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