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Herch's Aviation Picks Of The Week

by John White |

John TravolataIt must be nice to own your very own Boeing 707 to fly around on business! Just think, no worries about fuel costs, no management to tell you how to operate and no one to be accountable too! It must be nice!

Britain Claims They Inspired John Travolta To Fly!

In a recent article in the Mirror the Brits claim Travolta told them he learned to fly because of Britain's proud aviation history.
John Travolta reveals Brits inspired him to learn to fly as he touches down in London Feb 17, 2014 08:29 By Marc Baker Movie star John Travolta flew himself to London this week – and revealed he became a pilot because Britain’s proud aviation ­history inspired him. The Grease and Pulp Fiction star is in Blighty for a special stage event tonight to celebrate his movie ­career and mark his 60th birthday this Tuesday. John won his pilot’s wings in 2002 and has a ­collection of five planes including an ex-Qantas Boeing 707. He told the Sunday People: “I had an ­interest in flying at an early age, from about five. "But it was the British who really inspired me. I felt they had aviation supremacy."
Whether true or not Travolta certainly boosted Britain's aviation reputation. When I was in the U.S. Air Force based in England I did belong to a flying club there and got a chance to fly a Cessna 172 around the countryside (which is quite lovely!).

How Cirrus Is Wooing Student Pilots To Sell Airplanes

A Cirrus SR20 In a Duluth News Tribune article by the Tribune staff Cirrus Aircraft the company details plans to get more pilots to try out a new Cirrus aircraft.
Cirrus Aircraft has announced a new nationwide effort to encourage flight students to learn to fly in a new, fully equipped Cirrus airplane. The JumpStart Program is designed to reach a broader audience of new pilots and potential aircraft owners. To enhance the flight training experience, the Duluth-based aircraft manufacturer has teamed up with flight schools around the country that also are Cirrus training centers. The new program allows any flight student to learn and train in a new Cirrus plane, experiencing its state-of-the-art technology and safety systems that include Cirrus’ signature Airframe Parachute System.
Of course this Chinese owned company wants more of those U.S. dollars to keep its growth on pace to become the largest economy in the world, don't you know? While a very nice airplane with some real innovation, do we really want to send more money to China?

The Challenge Of Flying A Military Jet

British Jet Provost Who among us hasn't wanted to fly a military jet? Well, young Sergey Storm from London, UK claims that dreams must come true and we can make them happen. He needs help to get the money together to fly one, and posted this on
Who never dreamed to be a pilot? I did it for many years and two years ago fulfilled my dream. Spent year learning to fly a small Cessna and passed the skill test on the minimum of required hours (45:20) getting my first Private Pilot license. My name is Sergey Storm and I'm from London, UK. During the week I code in .Net and spend weekends flying small aircrafts. Today I set myself a new challenge, learn to fly an ex-military trainer jet aircraft, famous Jet Provost. Jet Provost is the most affordable jet available to civilian pilots, easy to fly but yet require at least of 20 hours of training. I'm happy with that, it is going to be tough but I'm ready to take the challenge. Last year I had a chance to fly in Jet Provost couple of times and take it to Air Tattoo 2013, the biggest airshow in UK. It was wonderful experience after which decided it is time for me to reach new levels and learn how to fly her. Fuel that forms most of the expenses during the training is expensive and this is here where I need your help.
Boy, I wouldn't mind a little financial help to learn to fly a military jet myself, but I think I am going to have to earn it on my own. Don't see any "crowd funding" money coming my way anytime soon!

Sex and Airplanes

Well, it had to happen - the FBI is investigating sex on airplanes - shades of J. Edgar Hoover! In an article on Lucy Westcott details the latest FBI investigation:
An investigation by a Washington-based news team has discovered a surge in sexual assaults happening aboard airplanes flying to and from Reagan National and Dulles International airports in the capital over recent months. FBI agents have investigated at least four reports of sexual assault in the already anxiety-inducing environment of a midair flight, and in two cases attackers were charged with federal crimes. Working from a tip-off, the NBC News4 I-Team in Washington also discovered that despite the worrying rise in unwanted assault by strangers sitting next to passengers, statistics are virtually non-existent, and investigations are rife with complications. No federal agency maintains data on sexual attacks aboard flights, including the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which keeps hundreds of crime databases. Major airlines were also unwilling to disclose their own statistics on the number or prevalence of attacks. Crimes in the air follow a pattern, usually occurring on red-eye, overnight flights, according to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Drew Ptasienski.
Well, I could have told you that flying airplanes and sex were things we all want to do, but perhaps we need to carry "Sex Martials" along with "Air Marshalls"on commercial flights next, eh?

Women Pilots Outperform Men

Woman Chopper Pilot In the Swampland Times an article by Mark Thompson suggests that female army helicopter pilots operate aircraft more safely.
Ten out of every 100 Army helicopter pilots are women — but they account for only 3 out of every 100 accidents. That’s the bottom line in an Army report that, in an effort to study the impact of women on the front lines, compares accident rates of men and women flying Army helicopters from 2002 to 2013. The revelation is included in Army Major Seneca Peña-Collazo’s report, Women in Combat Arms: A Study of the Global War on Terror, which he published in May while a student at the School of Advanced Military Studies at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Oh well, here goes another part of the aviation landscape to those beautiful women of the skies! Maybe we really SHOULD listen more closely to our women and put our egos aside, eh? In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch! Please share "Herch's Aviation Picks Of The Week" with your friends using the buttons below. Thanks!       Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for updates via email for "All Things Aviation" here!

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