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New Zealand National Championships. Rodney, the blogger behind Rodney’s Aviation Rumblings, was recently at the Flying NZ National Championships and Wings Trans Tasman Trophy competitions. He has also posted a bunch of posts containing great pictures from the events.

National General Aviation Award Winners Announced. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has reported that the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have recognized another small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety. The General Aviation Awards program has been recognizing aviators for the past 49 years. For more information, visit GeneralAviationAwards.org

Six World Records Set at 16 Years-old. In other news about records, the Around the Pattern blog has mentioned an article from the Milwaukee Courier about Jonathan Strickland who at just 16 years old,  had already amassed six world records. In fact, he earned his Commercial Pilot’s Certificate on his 18th birthday (March 1, 2010).

imageGo Fly a Kite. The Around the Pattern blog has also mentioned another article from the Atlantic about how before airplanes were perfected for reconnaissance, WWI-era armies used man-carrying kites as their eyes in the sky. Apparently, the system could fly up to 3,000 feet.

Sea Trials for the Wildcat on the HMS Iron Duke. On another military aviation note, David Cenciotti has recently written about the Royal Navy’s next generation of light utility helicopter, the Agusta Westland AW159 Wildcat prototype (serialled ZZ402) which has recently been at sea for the first mini-cruise with HMS Iron Duke. The sea trials included some 400 landings in all weather conditions both day and night – taking the Iron Duke from the UK’s south coast to the north Scottish coast to find every type of weather conditions that the helicopter will encounter once it enters service with the Navy in 2015.

Paper Airplane Distance Record Broken. Finally, the AOPA Pilot blog has posted this video of the world paper airplane distance record being broken. The new record stands at 226 ft 10 inches or just over 69 meters thanks to the throwing arm of college quarterback Joe Ayoob as he threw it flat – just like he would if he was trying to get a football to the other end of the 747 hangar he was in.

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