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A few fun items to offset the gloom

Gray Market Conviction in UK

Highly regarded Aviation Museum

Great  Aviation Picture Collection of early flight

Few in aviation have finished reading the aviation news clips, or even worth the front page, without feeling a little down. As a public service, here are some aviation bits which will buoy your mood, a bit.

Three easy pieces:

2. The gray market is, in and of itself, no laughing matter and the writer of this article treats the bad guy with adequate opprobrium.


“A British private pilot was recently convicted of operating an illegal charter flight, and a flight that was unsafe, following a trial in Manchester, England.

Robert Murgatroyd commenced a flight in a Piper Cherokee from Barton Aerodrome, near Manchester, to the Isle of Barra, Scotland, on Sept. 9, 2017. He had taken payment of £500 from each of his three passengers, who were bird watchers hoping to see the American Redstart, which had not been observed for 30 years.

He was found to have been making a profit from the flight, rather than it being a cost-sharing flight as currently permitted under European Union Aviation Safety Agency regulations. Thus he should have held a commercial license and the aircraft should have been included on an air operator certificate (AOC).

After departure in poor weather from a wet runway at the small general aviation airfield, the aircraft struggled to get airborne and crashed shortly afterward close to a major highway. The pilot suffered a broken nose, and the passengers also suffered minor injuries.

The Civil Aviation Authority and Greater Manchester Police mounted a criminal investigation, separate from the inquiry by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). Investigators found that the Cherokee was 426 pounds over the maximum takeoff weight of 2,150 pounds.

The jury found Murgatroyd guilty on all seven counts of the charges, which included recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft and the occupants; conducting a public transport flight without an AOC; acting as a pilot without holding an appropriate license; and flying outside the flight manual limitations. The judge set sentencing for March 15.

“This was a very serious incident that could have ended with fatalities…We hope his convictions will deter other pilots from ignoring the law for personal profit,” said Alison Slater, head of the UK CAA’s Investigation and Enforcement Team.”


The malfeasant’s name, Robert Murgatroyd, likely caused Americans of a certain age (television cartoon viewers between 1959 and 2002) to chuckle. “Heavens to Murgatroyd!” was the catch phrase of “Snagglepuss , a star in “Quick Draw McGraw” and then various iterations of The Yogi Bear Show. The pink anthropomorphic Cougar used the humorous name to express shock at certain events.

Maybe Snagglepuss should become the gray market’s equivalent to the icon Smokey Bear. The pink figure might serve as a warning that the “hawker” of this “really great deal for an awesome airplane at an incredible rate.”

2. Nothing so elevates the spirits of an aviation professional than a great museum. According to Ukrinform, the highly reliable multimedia broadcasting platform for the Ukraine, entered Top 20 aviation museums around the world.It took the 10th place in the rating compiled by CNN.

“This museum, operated by Ukraine’s National Aviation University, houses one of the world’s biggest displays of aviation technology,” the report says.

The majority of the aircraft are ones built by the Soviet Union and exhibits include supersonic bomber planes, transport planes and nuclear missile carriers.

Kyiv museum among the world’s best aviation museums

On 7th of February 2018 State Aviation Museum in Kiev was named after Oleg Antonov and Antonov Airlines confirmed An-124 Ruslan and An-22 Antei will be transfer to the museum.

The event is devoted to 112th anniversary of the birth of aviation designer Oleg Antonov – creator of Ukrainian school of aircraft construction. Under his leadership the largest transport aircrafts were created.

Antonov collection in State Aviation Museum named after Oleg Antonov presented by An-2, An-24, An-24T, An-26, An-30, An-71 “Flying Radar” and after the initial restoration the first test aircrafts An-124 Ruslan and An-22 Antei will take place in the exposition.

Next also scheduled to transfer aircrafts An-72P, An-74, An-28 and An-12 from base in Gostomel Airport where they are stored to State Aviation Museum named after Oleg Antonov. Each of these aircraft is a unique exhibit of the history of aviation technology and design.

During the special ceremony An-2 with a portrait of Oleg Antonov on board piloted by Volodymyr Prisiazhnyuk – President of Federation of Aircrafts of Ukraine performed a demonstration flight over the museum.

The first aircraft designed by Oleg Antonov was a multi-purpose biplane An-2. The design of the aircraft was so successful that it has been in production for over 70 years. The veteran An-2 continues to serve on all continents – from Europe or Asia, in America, Africa and even in Australia.

3.The past frequently provides some great insights into the future. The FAA, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, NASA and the Library of Congress put together a 100 page photograph album on the history of LaGuardia. LaGuardia Exhibit Album


Here is a sampling of some of the images:


There are 90 more remembrances of from whence aviation came- ENJOY!!!








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