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Celebrating Team GB’s London 2012 Achievements. On Monday, up to 700 British Olympic athletes are expected to take part in the Greatest Team Parade, including over 90% of Team GB and Paralympic GB’s medal winners, while in the skies over The Mall, there will be a flypast consisting of the Red Arrows, military aircraft and British Airways Firefly A319 (which has been granted special permission to fly at 1,000 feet with a “thank you” message on its underbelly). The aircraft will pass over the Olympic Park and reach The Mall just after 15:40.

Aviation Enthusiasts Allegedly Intimidated at RAF St Athan. The Wales Air Forum has reported that a number of aviation enthusiasts have subjected to abusive behaviour whilst viewing aircraft on the Old Llantwit Major road alongside the Southern Boundary of RAF St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan. However and as always, there is two sides to every story and its the comments section of the article that gives some of the other side.

Flying to America for AirVenture Oshkosh. If you have ever dreamed of flying to America and not as a passenger aboard a commercial airliner, AVWeb has a podcast interview with Ian Seager, the British publisher of Flyer magazine, who did just that in a Cessna 182 to attend AirVenture Oshkosh. As you can imagine, insurance cover for the trip proved to be the biggest challenge – besides flying over water while wearing survival suits without an autopilot…

48-state Cub Flight Across America. In addition, 25-year-old Texas pilot Jared Calvert is heading West to complete a 48 state flight after flying a Piper Cub to 32 eastern states over the summer. However, the trip had a setback in state 19 (Ohio) when the original Cub Jared was using was destroyed after takeoff – leaving him with broken ribs and fractured vertebrae that are still painful. AVweb also has a podcast interview with him where he talks about completing the trip in a borrowed Cub while pictures of the trip can be viewed at

New Zealand to America6000 Miles Across the Pacific in a Beechcraft Duchess. And speaking of lengthy air trips, when Stephen Gray of New Zealand decided to sell his Beechcraft Duchess, he soon figured out that he would need to get the aircraft to the USA where most of the potential buyers were located. Of course, that meant making a 6,000 mile or 9,650 km journey from Auckland to California which he recently recounted in a lengthy story for Air Facts Journal.

Wonderful World of Flying Available Online. Meanwhile, the producer of the Wonderful World of Flying series of aviation videos is making all of the content available via streaming over the Internet on a subscription basis. Each hour-long episode of Wonderful World of Flying features fly-out adventures along with plenty of practical flying information. The Wonderful World of Flying subscription service is being introduced at an introductory rate of $19.95 per month for the first three months with the regular subscription price being $24.95 per month. For more information, visit

Latest FAA Safety Briefing Online. On another training note, the September/October issue of FAA Safety Briefing is now available online and explores the role of aviation educators. Hence, articles focus on flight instructor requirements and best practices along with the tools and educational resources that can help strengthen teaching skills.

Curtiss Flying Boat Centennial. Finally and on a historical note, 2012 is the centennial anniversary of the Curtiss Model E – considered to be the first successful flying boat. Hence, the Curtiss Flying Boat Centennial Celebration will be held next Saturday at Depot Park in Hammondsport (New York), the home of Glenn Curtiss. As part of the celebration, the museum’s 1912 Model Flying Boat reproduction is scheduled to take off at 2 pm (weather permitting).

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