A Drone Rather Than a Bull Causes Injuries at America’s First Running of the Bulls Event. In an odd story, it wasn’t the bulls that poised the most risk to participants in America’s first running of the bulls event at the Virginia Motorsports Park as an ESPN video drone fell from the sky and crashed into spectators – causing minor injuries to five who were treated on the spot. But according to the local Sheriff: “They were a little bit more upset that [the drone] knocked the beer out of their hand than about the injury…..”
Drones: The good, the Bad and the Ugly. With the above drone behaving badly or drones gone wild incident in mind, there is a recent and comprehensive article in Air Facts which covers the good, the bad and the ugly issues surrounding drone usage in general.
Follow an Around the World Flight. We mentioned last week that Mike Laver and Mike Collins have begun an around the world flight (that started in New York) to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Mitsubishi MU-2. According to their latest Ay 13 blog post, the pair are in Australia’s Latrobe Valley. You can also track their adventure online here or directly on a DeLorme tracking map which updates their position every 10 minutes while flying.
Why You Should Consider a Homebuilt Aircraft. Buying or building an experimental aircraft (also called homebuilt or experimental/amateur built) is a good way to save money on an aircraft. The Fixed Wing Buddha blog has a great post which goes into some detail discussing the differences between a used certificated aircraft and an experimental/amateur built aircraft.
James Bond Stuntman From London Olympics killed in a Wing-Diving Accident. On a tragic note, Mark Sutton, the 42 year old former Ghurkha Rifles officer turned stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics dressed as James Bond alongside a double of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, was killed last August in a wing-diving accident in the Swiss Alps. He died after jumping from a helicopter and crashing into a mountain ridge in the Trient area near the border with France. Wing-diving is an extreme sport which involves using a special jumpsuit with wings that allow the wearer to glide and it usually ends with a parachute being deployed.
Avionics: Are Good Pilots still Required? AVweb has a podcast interview with former Northwest captain and Embry-Riddle educator Jack Panosian to explore the question of what’s more important in keeping passengers alive: stick and rudder skills or systems management.
Fighting California’s Rim Fire. Finally and although this amazing video was recorded on August 22nd from the cockpit of a 146th Airlift Wing’s C-130J belonging to firefighters with the California Air National Guard, the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park is still burning and has since become one of the largest fires in California’s history. Even a few weeks ago, the wildfire was already pretty impressive: