FBO Freebies. For pilots who want to score neat gifts at FBOs in the USA, the January issue of “AOPA Pilot” has an article entitled: “FBO Freebies: Mooching your way across the USA.” Given how expensive flying can be, pilots flying in the US would be well advised to check out the article.
The Reno Air Races Are Back On Again. The Reno Air Races are back on and slated for September 12-16. This was after last year’s air races were cancelled after Jimmy Leeward lost control of his World War II-era P-51 Mustang, “Galloping Ghost,” and crashed into the stands. The mishap killed 11 people and injured more than 70.
Airports Prepare for the Super Bowl. In addition, Super Bowl XLVI will be on February 5 and airports around Indianapolis have been preparing for an expected influx of aircraft. According to AOPA.org, the Super Bowl XLVI Indianapolis host committee website has a special a section just for general and corporate aviation.
Navy Blimp Crew Member Recalls Anti-Submarine Patrols. The Around the Pattern blog has mentioned an article from the Asbury Park Press about Bob Stefanski, a crewman on a Navy blimp in the 1950s that was tracking Soviet submarines off the east coast of the US. In the article, Bob recalled some of his patrol experiences.
Map of All Routes Being Served by Airbus A380s. An finally, the Bangalore Aviation Blog has posted several maps showing all of the current routes being served by Airbus A380 superjumbo jets and which airlines are operating the jets on these routes. At this point in time, Singapore Airlines, QANTAS, Emirates airline, Lufthansa, Air France, Korean Air Lines and China Southern Airlines operate Airbus A380s on routes spanning the globe.