Posts made in April, 2011

Measles, diamonds, Antonovs: Tales of General Aviation in the Congo

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in "Hangar Flying" | 0 comments

via aopa.org When it comes to battling a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Garth Pederson plays a key role: pilot. He and two other pilots, Rod Hochstetler and David Francis, with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) have been flying staff and medical supplies for Doctors Without Borders since January to combat measles. Now, they average one flight per week to transport staff. MAF helped to deliver about 1,300 pounds of supplies last month, primarily using its Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, turning a one-way 350-nautical-mile leg that would take a...

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High Winds Damage 69 Airplanes, Several Buildings at Sun ‘n Fun

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in "Hangar Flying" | 0 comments

via theledger.com Destruction at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in South Lakeland was the most visual evidence of the tornadoes that tore through Polk County about noon Thursday. At least seven people were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, while others were treated at the event. High winds toppled a shack a security guard was in, while poles and other flying debris struck visitors. Lakeland Police said Friday morning that 69 planes were damaged causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and a dangerous situation with spilled gas. Dozens of vendor tents...

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