What Could Possibly Go Wrong? KEYE-TV has reported that some residents in Denton, Texas, are upset over a new business that’s moved into their neighborhood – Helicoptersniper.com, which allows customers to take 15 minutes to test and challenge their marksmanship skills by flying through various obstacles while shooting from a helicopter…
Opps! Baggage Handler Causes £4 million Damage to British Airways Jet. In other odd news, a baggage handler left his luggage-scanner gun on the cowling and forgot to remove it – causing £4 million in damage to the Airbus A320. An airline source has told The Sun: “This accident could have been a lot worse. The plane could have been downed if it had happened after take-off. The baggage handler in question is mortified.”
Monks Under Fire for Using a Private Jet. Meanwhile and in Thailand, the Buddhist clergy is under the spotlight after footage emerged of three monks flying in a private jet, wearing earphones and sunglasses and travelling with a Louis Vuitton luxury bag. According to one of the monks (who has since been “reprimanded”), the jet was chartered by a devotee to fly them home after performing duties in November.
Students Building a Plane. The winners of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) aviation design challenge competition have begun assembling two Glasair Sportsman aircraft at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington. The building process will take two weeks and you can follow the progress on the AOPA Pilot Blog (see day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4).
A Better Way to Rent Aircraft. General Aviation News has a short article about OpenAirplane, which aims to make renting an aircraft as easy as renting a car. OpenAirplane’s business model revolves around a universal pilot check-out that once completed, allows pilots to rent aircraft from any OpenAirplane operator in moments.
Medical Declarations Will No Longer Be Valid for Pilots With European Licences. On a regulatory note, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a reminder to pilots that their medical declarations will no longer be valid for uses with JAR-FCL PPL, CPL and ATPL licences to fly aircraft after September 30th.
Southwest Airlines Launches Penguin One! Finally, Southwest Airlines in the States has marked a historic day in their 25-year-partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment by unveiling its newest SeaWorld-themed aircraft into the fleet: Penguin One! The Boeing 737-700 is emblazed with an artist’s rendition of gentoo penguins and is joining 12 other 737s in the Southwest fleet that boast a unique paint scheme, as well as Shamu One and Shamu Two.