Is model airplane rule unneeded? | Marion County Record | Aug. 16 …

Is model airplane rule unneeded?

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A model aircraft landing strip recently completed at Marion County Lake technically violates a Federal Aviation Administration rule regarding model airplanes within five miles of an airport.

Under FAA rules, operators of drones and model airplanes flying within five miles of an airport must notify the airport operator before flying.

However, Marion pilot and model aircraft enthusiast Terry Chizek says the rule is unnecessary here.

Chizek helped build the model plane strip at the lake. Before it was built, model enthusiasts flew at the airport.

“It’s better out there than flying at the airport,” Chizek said. “At the lake it’s just a way to get away from the real airport.”

Chizek said the FAA rule was for large airports like those in Wichita and Kansas City, which have control towers.

“They’re more concerned about the commercial traffic,” Chizek said. “At our airport, we only get one or two planes a day, so it’s not a big concern.”

If a model plane were to get caught in an airliner’s engine, it could cause major damage, he said. But planes flying into Marion’s airport are smaller.

“With a smaller plane it would do some damage but it won’t ruin the engine or anything,” Chizek said.

Don Hodson, another Marion pilot, said there were no problems before the model airplane landing strip was built, when model airplane pilots used the airport.

“We never had any issues at any time,” Hodson said. “They’re all conscientious people.”

Hodson said model planes didn’t fly high enough altitude to cause problems for landing planes anyway.

“Normally an airplane coming in at a pattern to land is never going to be below 800 feet, and they are flying below 500 feet,” Hodson said. “It’s sure not needed for places like Marion.”

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New London Notes: Huron County Fair royalty announced

Congratulations to 2017 New London High School graduate Dawn Luedy, who was chosen Horse Royalty Queen at the Huron County Fair on Monday afternoon.

Luedy is a member of the Rocking H 4-H Club and will attend Cornerstone University in the fall to study exercise science.

Andrew Rose is the new king and is a senior at Bellevue High School and president of the Desperadoes 4-H Club.

Another member of the royalty from New London is the new prince, Benjamin Jarabed, an eighth-grader at New London who is a member of the Bronc Busters 4-H Club. The princess is Jayden Zaleski, a Western Reserve student who is also a Bronc Buster.

[See also – 2017-18 School Calendars]

New London Reservoir was closed for swimming and boating the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13, for the 15th Annual Firelands Float Fly.

This event is sponsored by the Firelands Float Flyers, an area organization dedicated to the sport of model airplanes taking off and landing on water.

The motors are either electric or fueled by nitro gas (a mixture of nitromethane and methanol often used in race cars), and the difference is evident by the sound they make. The electric ones are very quiet and the nitro fueled fly with a buzzing noise, sounding somewhat like a large bumblebee.

Pilots attend each year from Michigan and Ohio to practice their sport and always give the same answers as to why they continue to return to the reservoir. They say they like the large open space with no trees or other obstacles in the area so they can fly their planes without worrying about hitting something. Also, they enjoy meeting old friends and camping in the park because everyone is so friendly.

[See also – 2017-18 School Calendars]

For more information about float planes or the Firelands Float Flyers, contact Bob James at 419-929-6400.

New London Schools will have an open house Monday, Aug. 21. Contact the school online or call 419-929-1586 for schedule information.


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Team Selfridge stands ready for its Open House and Air Show



The Thunderbirds are coming.

More aerial acts are expected to arrive throughout the day.

Dozens of trucks loaded with interactive displays designed to inspire the next generation of aviators are ready on the tarmac.

The men and women of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township have their duties for the 100th Anniversary Open House and Air Show and are ready to go, too.

If anyone knows how excited Team Selfridge is right about now, its Tom Croft, who was part of the 50th Anniversary Open House and Air Show in 1967, when he was 27 years old and a member of the United States Air Force Reserves. We had a model airplane display there, said Croft, who enlisted in 1959 and served as a quality control technician until retiring in 1994.

I saw Eddie Rickenbacker at that show, Croft said. He was stationed here.

Rickenbacker was an American fighter pilot who flew around the same time as Charles Lindbergh, who also flew out of Selfridge. Known as the American Ace of Aces, Rickenbacker flew during World War I and is credited with 26 aerial victories which came in only two months of combat flying.

He was in a limousine. So I never got to meet him, but it was still pretty exciting, said Croft, while pulling out two model planes from the back of his pickup truck.

Both planes are antiques now.

But during the open house and air show that he worked, along with several local flying clubs, all of the planes in the display were flying.

This one is probably my favorite, Croft said, holding up a small replica of a P-51 Mustang. These were used as escorts for the B-17s, flying over Europe.

Also part of Crofts display at the 67 air show was a Martin Mauler Navy carrier plane, and a wooden aircraft carrier that was built to use as a runway for the toy planes.

Though toy planes might seem like a byproduct of human flight, toys were actually airborne long before we were, according to an article by Collectorsweekly.com. In the late 1700s, Sir George Cayley built the first flying top using feathers, cork and whalebone. By the middle of the following century, a helicopter device launched using a pull-string called the Spiralifere.

The Spiralifere was a major hit in France. And after Wilbur and Orville Wright toured Europe and Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel, airplanes were quickly produced in miniature.

However, unlike the biplanes that the Wright brothers flew, these models were monoplanes with a single set of wings made of paper, wood and tin. Affixed to the plane was a string attachment so it could be flown by hand.

The model planes that Croft had on display, several of which he built when he was just a teenager dreaming about flying, were mostly made of tin.

They came in a kit, but it was still a lot of work, said Croft, who remains passionate about flying and model planes. Its an expensive hobby, when I started a wooden propeller cost 25 cents, and now they cost $2.50, but its fun a very rewarding.

Plus, if you mess up, you can take the plane apart and start over.

I probably built over a dozen or so, said Croft, who earned a special award for his display at the show, which was presented to him by the base commander at the time. To this day it remains an honor and source of pride for the veteran who still flies model planes and has volunteered to help with the 100th anniversary open house and air show.

My wife (Audrey) and I are working at the information booth, said Croft, who is now 78-years-old.

Im just glad Im here to see this show, he said.

If he can cut through all of the military red tape before the gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday he will also have a display of model planes for the next generation to see.

The 2017 Selfridge Open House and Air Show starts at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Static displays open at 9 a.m. with the air show running between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information visit teamselfridge.com

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They found their thrills in the Phelps sky – News – MPNnow …

The Sky Rovers RC Flying Club’s airshow wows the crowd and continues on Sunday.

PHELPS — Give them five minutes and they’ll make you fall in love with flying.

Members of the Sky Rovers RC Flying Club are passionate about their handcrafted, radio-controlled aircraft, and they’re proving why, to the applause of hundreds attending this weekend’s 2017 Sky Rovers Annual Airshow on McBurney Road.

Is it the mesmerizing buzz of the engines that draws people in? Or the graceful spins, loops, snap rolls, stall turns and tailslides of the model aircraft? Or could it be the pristine craftsmanship of each of the $150 to $5,000 models?

Everyone loves the hobby — or as some call it, sport — for different reasons. Take Dave Reid, who has been a member of Sky Rovers for the last 46 years.

“Everybody thinks the club is just flying airplanes,” said Reid. “But it’s the camaraderie, the fellowship. It’s just a lot of fun.”

And it’s relatively inexpensive, he said.

“We’re competitively priced with other hobbies,” said Reid. “If you’re a bass fisherman or an active golfer, you’re going to have a lot more money tied up. With us, if we spend money on something, it can be used over and over again. And even if we crash an aircraft, you can take the parts out, repair them and use them over again.”

If a person isn’t mechanically adept, they can still fly, he said. Some just don’t like the idea of balsa dust and glue.

“I like building and flying, and in the past have designed and built them, starting out with a blank sheet of paper,” said Reid. “I can do it at 10 at night in the dead of winter, so it’s a 365-day-a-year, 24-hour-a-day way you can do the hobby.”

Scott Miller of Brockport is an international competitor who’s a regular at the Phelps airshow. His splashy one-quarter scale S.E.5a Scout, a World War I British biplane fighter, weighs about 30 pounds and is just one of several planes in his “fleet.”

To put it in perspective, if four of his S.E.5a Scouts were laid out end to end, they would be the length of a full-scale plane, Miller said.

“Bigger flies better,” he said. “They fly smoother and don’t get affected by the wind as much, but they’re kind of a pain to transport around.”

What’s the overall value of the aircraft?

“We never discuss that,” said John Gee of Sodus, who took about a year to build the plane for Miller. “It’s a hobby so there’s really no price on that.”

By day Miller is a corporate jet mechanic for a local millionaire and philanthropist. When he’s off the clock, he’s in the sky, most recently in Lakeland, Florida, for the Top Gun Invitational, an international competition.

“I got fifth in expert class, so I was pretty happy,” said Miller. “I have a jet, a MiG-15 Korean war fighter.”

No jets fly in the Phelps two-day event, in consideration of neighbors and proximity to the state Thruway, said Reid.

The 35-member club saw about 30 different aircraft in the sky on Saturday, with more expected Sunday when the show continues.

“We have some pretty young fliers here,” said Reid. “One young boy is 8 years old — he’s been flying for a couple years. The oldest pilot we have is a gentleman who, I believe, is 90 years old.”

Tony Steiner, who flew a Pitts Model 12 high-performance aerobatic plane, also appeared alongside his 8-year-old son, Carter, and 12-year-old daughter, Tory. Each has his or her own specialty.

“There are so many aspects of the hobby,” said Reid. “We’ve got one of the guys in the club who builds and flies radio-controlled airplanes. He’s a world-renowned aviation historian and artist. He likes the aviation history part of it. He’s a walking encyclopedia. Then there are some guys who have no interest in scale aircraft, they like sport aircraft. If I whack it, no big deal, I’ll build another one.”

The hobby can be heartbreaking, Reid said. Once in awhile a crash will occur for no apparent reason, but it doesn’t happen very often, fortunately.

“If you fly long enough, you come to know that you will wreck an airplane,” he said.

Reid said he’s in it for the long haul.

“The only way I’ll stop building and flying is if I go blind or I die,” he said. “That’s dedication.”

If you go

WHAT Day two of the Sky Rovers RC Flying Club’s annual airshow

WHEN 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Ford Field, 2269 McBurney Road, Phelps

INFO Visit skydivers.com or call 315-548-3779

 

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SFO Museum a good place to land for art on the fly

SFO Museum a good place to land for art on the fly



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Art is where you find it, and sometimes you find it after emptying your pockets, removing your belt and taking off your sneakers.

That’s the kind of art they have at San Francisco International Airport. It’s art even though it’s located on a concourse instead of a gallery. It’s art even if it’s the last thing you see before Cleveland.


“The airport can be a stressful place,” said Tim O’Brien, the assistant director of the SFO Museum. “It’s not relaxing. We’re a respite from all that.”

Airport art isn’t like other kinds. Often, airport art is for people in a hurry not to look at it. Sometimes it’s in Terminal 2 when you’re in Terminal 1, or it’s domestic art when you’re international. Sometimes the art is looked at by people on moving sidewalks.

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Figuring out art is tough enough. Figuring it out when gliding along at 3 miles an hour is tougher. A curator of airport art, seeking to draw in the busy or the weary traveler, must think outside the Plexiglas box.

“At the airport, you have to capture attention quickly,” said O’Brien. “It’s a challenge.”

This year, the airport art gang has sought to waylay the moving-sidewalk crowd with antique slot machines and antique flight attendant uniforms. In past years, there have been exhibits of Ouija boards, Art Deco knickknacks, Japanese toys, engraved doors, silver teapots and bygone advertising icons. Sure, such stuff is art, O’Brien said, being as it’s located inside the Plexiglas cases.

The greatest compliment an SFO passenger can pay an airport curator, O’Brien said, is to decide to bypass the moving sidewalk and walk down the concourse instead, looking at art while rolling a heavy suitcase.

For four decades, the curators of the SFO Museum have been putting together exhibitions of serious artworks and kitchy knickknacks to give the traveling public something to do besides see the late planes and lost luggage. SFO is the only airport to have a genuine accredited museum in it. The exhibits are spread among 25 exhibit spaces throughout the airport, like the purveyors of Golden Gate Bridge T-shirts.

Right now, there’s an exhibit of shoes from foreign lands. There’s an exhibit of manual typewriters and another exhibit of Summer of Love musician portraits. There’s a series of arty photographs taken at flea markets and a whole bunch of souvenir marble columns that had once been unloaded on 19th century tourists to Rome.

Every exhibit comes with a genuine exhibit catalog, just as in museums that aren’t in airports. The SFO takes things seriously. The catalogs all say that the job of the SFO Museum is to “humanize the airport environment and provide visibility for the unique cultural life of San Francisco.”

A popular exhibit this year consisted of 44 antique slot machines and gambling devices but, since exhibits and airplanes do eventually depart from SFO, that exhibit is gone. Not long ago it was replaced with a collection of 50-year-old airline mementos. Swizzle sticks, ceramic salt shakers, napkin rings, metal cutlery. Treasures of another age, when flights came with propellers and accurate timetables.

Fifty-five million people pass through SFO every year, almost all in a hurry. Many of them were in Terminal 2 the other morning, rushing past the collection of 44 typewriters. One of the typewriters, a sign said, belonged to Ernest Hemingway and another belonged to John Lennon. About 100 people hustled past the typewriter collection before traveler Bobby Kirkpatrick stopped to look at a typewriter. He had about 20 minutes before his flight to Dallas, he said, long enough to look at one or possibly two typewriters.

“I think my mother had one of these,” he said, looking at a 115-year-old Blickensderfer typewriter for about a minute, and then he was off to Dallas.

Curator Daniel Calderon, who had spent months of his life assembling the typewriter collection, was philosophical about his one-minute customer. Art makes one philosophize.

“You’re not going to get everyone,” he said. “It was fun for me to highlight something like typewriters. That’s a subject you don’t often think of when you think of art exhibits.”

Inside the main exhibit space, the long Terminal 3 concourse, passenger Brian Birdsell said that he was in transit from Singapore to Albuquerque, and plenty tired but that he had been revived by the sight of a ceramic salt shaker in the airline memorabilia exhibit.

“You can fly around the world, and you will never see a salt shaker like that again,” he said.

Passenger Alex Laskey of Daly City said the art makes San Francisco International special.

“There is a lot of sameness in airports,” he said. “Not here. I like to walk through this airport. There’s always something unexpected.”

O’Brien and his fellow curators work out of a large building just north of the terminals that used to be the place where in-flight meals were prepared, back in the day when airlines offered amenities like food, legroom and promptness. It took a lot of scrubbing to remove the residual grease from the premises and make it fit for restoring art. The giant warehouses and walk-in refrigerators have been transformed into work spaces and exhibit preparation rooms.

Inside one room, exhibit conservator Alisa Eagleston-Cieslewicz was laboring over a model plane that will soon be part of a big exhibit of model planes. Alas, the front wheel of the miniature DC-6 had fallen off. For an amateur model plane builder, that’s a 10-second repair with a dab of plastic cement from the tube. For a museum conservator, it’s an exacting, painstaking procedure involving magnifiers and an arc lamp, something like a root canal.

“You have to do it properly,” she said. “It has to last. We use conservation-grade adhesive.”

Every airplane-related item ever made seems to be in storage. There are no defunct airlines at the museum warehouse. Kiddie wings from PSA? Flight attendant hat from TWA? Fork from Pan Am? Open the drawer, there they are.

Sooner or later, every knickknack is destined to come out of storage and make it to the big time, inside the Plexiglas display cases down the road.

Great art makes the airport a great place to hang out. You don’t have to be a passenger to do many of the best things at San Francisco International. Much of the art is located in the pre-security areas, with no shoe removal required. In fact, some people go to the airport just to go to the airport.

There’s so much great stuff to do. You can watch travelers from around the world emerge from the customs hall with that deer-in-the-headlights look. You can pet the airport’s famed therapy dogs. You can take a shower. You can reflect in the Reflection Room. You can change dollars into foreign currency, the kind that comes in colors besides green. You can ride around the airport on the AirTrain. Unlike a San Francisco cable car, the AirTrain is free and there’s no line.

And you can look at the art. San Francisco may already be a great destination, but, said O’Brien, San Francisco International Airport is a great destination, too. All you need do it hop on BART to the end of the line, and there you are. No airplane required. The art, being free, is cheaper than the $25-a-head art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. And when you’re done looking at it, you’re already in San Francisco, horizon fully expanded.

Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: srubenstein@sfchronicle.com

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German carrier Air Berlin filing for bankruptcy

BERLIN: Germany’s second largest carrier, Air Berlin, is filing for bankruptcy protection after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, said it would make no more financing available.

The loss-making airline said Tuesday that after Etihad pulled funding, it “came to the conclusion that there was no further positive way ahead for Air Berlin.”

To allay travelers’ fears that they could be stranded on summer holiday, the German government immediately said it would provide a loan of 150 million euros ($177 million) so the airline it can continue flights for the time being.

“We’re in a time when many tens of thousands of travelers and vacationers are in multiple international holiday spots,” the Economy and Transport ministries said in a statement. “The return flights of these travelers back to Germany with Air Berlin would not have been otherwise possible.”

Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries later told reporters the money was expected to last for three months.

Union ver.di called it a “severe blow” for the more-than 7,000 employees of Air Berlin.

“Our priority now lies with securing the jobs,” said Christine Behle, a union board director. “Air Berlin must proceed with transparency and provide all important information.”

Air Berlin has been posting losses for years. It has been restructuring its operations and has been kept aloft in recent years by Etihad, which holds a 29.2 percent stake.

In December, German rival Lufthansa’s Eurowings and Austrian Airlines units reached a deal to lease 38 planes from Air Berlin.

Following the bankruptcy announcement, Lufthansa said it was “supporting the restructuring efforts of the airline jointly with the German government” and that its leased aircraft would continue operating as before.

Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, said it was “already in negotiations with Air Berlin to take over parts of the Air Berlin group and is exploring the possibility of hiring additional staff.”

Zypries said that the bridge loan “should give enough time for the negotiations to be brought to a conclusion.”

The German transport and economy ministries said Air Berlin had been in negotiations with Lufthansa “and another airline” for a long time.

Etihad Airways said the bankruptcy filing was “extremely disappointing for all parties,” especially as it had supported the airline over six years, but that it could not continue pumping money into a loss-making business.

“As a minority shareholder, Etihad cannot offer funding that would further increase our financial exposure. We remain open to helping find a commercially viable solution for all parties,” it said.

It said it pumped 250 million euros of additional funding into Air Berlin as recently as in April and helped it “explore strategic options” for its business. It said the German carrier’s business has “deteriorated at an unprecedented pace, preventing it from overcoming its significant challenges and from implementing alternative strategic solutions.”

The Emirati national airline said it continues to have codeshares and other business relationships with Air Berlin and will support its management.

Air Berlin’s decision comes three and a half months after another Etihad-backed European carrier, Alitalia, entered its second round of bankruptcy protection in a decade.

Etihad said at the time that Alitalia needed a “fundamental and far-reaching restructuring” and it was not prepared to keep pumping money into the struggling Italian airline.

Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin and Adam Schreck in Dubai contributed to this story.


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Emirates airline to sponsor Qatar-owned PSG until 2019

 10 Aug 2017 – 14:42

Dubai’s Emirates airline confirmed Thursday it would sponsor the shirts of Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain until 2019, despite a regional crisis which has seen the UAE cut ties with Doha.

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Qatar Airways launches 24/7 social media support for customers

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German police test facial recognition cameras at Berlin station

 01 Aug 2017 – 22:07

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See Dallas-Fort Worth’s new high-end charter airline from billionaire Ross Perot Jr.

But Hillwood can tap an immediate stream of customers through brokers that pair customers with charter operators.

Customers could include everything from touring entertainers to sports teams, but Hillwood wants to capitalize on D-FW’s growing presence for corporate headquarters and regional offices, as well as its own AllianceTexas, the 18,000-acre development that houses more than 425 corporations and over 47,500 employees.

“That airplane, it’s not going to be for everybody, but it fits a niche in the market,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties, which oversees AllianceTexas development that includes the airport.

While the development has grown to include homes, office space and retail, Berry said logistics are still at the heart of AllianceTexas’s operations, making Hillwood Airways a natural fit in the overall offering.

“There’s continued growth in demand for transportation services related to aviation, whether it be moving larger groups of people or moving specialized cargo or specialized groups of people,” he said.

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