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Reliving a Historic Flight Across the English Channel. Tracy, the blogger behind the Around the Pattern blog, has mentioned an article from the Sun-Sentinel in Palm Beach about a Florida professor who was planning to relive a historic flight across English Channel on Saturday. Specifically, the professor is reliving Harriet Quimby’s flight over the English Channel on April 16, 1912 that was overshadowed by the sinking of the Titanic. Rather than have the recreation also overshadowed by the 100th anniversary of the sinking, she and the roughly 120 pilots from around the world decided to do the flight earlier in honor of Women’s History Month.

imageStricken P-51 Gets Help From a 90 Year Old Expert Pilot. In addition, the Winged Victory Women in Aviation Webzine has mentioned another interesting story about how a 90-year-old aviation legend named Bob Hoover proved helpful when the left main landing gear of a vintage P-51 got stuck halfway down. Hoover encouraged the pilot to try a couple of maneuvers that ultimately helped to lower the landing gear – saving the historic aircraft.

Tornado Destroys a New Georgia Airport. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has reported that Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport near the town of Dallas (Georgia), the first airport to be built in Georgia in 30 years, was devastated by a tornado on March 2. Apparently, the damage is “very significant” with up to 90% of the aircraft on the field being damaged by winds estimated at 165 miles per hour. A full report is available here from the AOPA.

Sporty’s Launches New Learn to Fly Course. In training news, Sporty’s is launching a new Learn to Fly Course to provide learning tracks for Private, Recreational and Sport Pilot and/or any combination. Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course is available for $249 as an online course or in DVD format or as an iPad/iPhone App. For more information, visit

AOPA Launches MyFlightTraining Website. In addition, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has launched the new MyFlightTraining website as a tool for student pilots to help them through flight training and to track their progress. MyFlightTraining is free for student pilots and participants do not need to be AOPA members to join.

DRE 8001 Headset Debuts. General Aviation News has reported that Headsets Inc. has a new model DRE 8001 active noise reduction headset with Bluetooth available. The headset, which is made in America, integrates a “Lynx” Bluetooth audio controller into the existing DRE 6001 headset. Introductory pricing is set at $599 through June 30, 2012 and for further information, visit

Myth Busting Aviation Myths. Finally, Ron Rapp has added a part 3 to his series about aviation myths that we recently highlighted. Myths busted included: Aerobatics are dangerous, “aerobatics” means exceeding 60 degrees of bank and/or 30 degrees of pitch, a spin in the pattern is unrecoverable, exceeding 30 degrees of bank in the pattern can lead to a stall/spin and flying is difficult.

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