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April 9, 1989 | By Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
In her heyday, she soared across the Atlantic, carrying tourists, soldiers and other travelers bound for Europe and Africa. She survived a mishap in the Congo. For the last 22 years, she has been a Lower Bucks landmark, perched astride concrete pillars that rise above a restaurant that is now abandoned. Skimming the rooftops in ever-more-peeling paint, she has endured in that spot despite two deaths at the grand opening, the bankruptcy of the former owner and, most recently, an attempt to cart her off to make way for a gas station.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1995 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years, airlines have tinkered with ways to improve service to business travelers, who make up only one-third of some carriers' customers but provide more than one-half of the revenue because of the higher fares they usually pay. On long flights, airlines treat first-class and business-class passengers with great respect, offering big seats, plenty of legroom, a variety of food and wine, and electronic entertainment. But on short flights, most travelers get the opposite: cramped quarters and little or no food.
NEWS
March 30, 1989 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
It was a perfect day for kite flying in Valley Forge Park - unseasonable temperatures around 75 degrees and a balmy breeze that would make for a great launch and lofty heights. Cousins Kati Duffi, 10, and Jolene Mudri, 7, were on the pad as designated mission commanders, and they followed the flight plan to the letter.
NEWS
December 7, 1986 | By Arlene Martin, Special to The Inquirer
It was Thanksgiving morning, and Robert Trinkle had just lifted off in his Beechcraft Duke twin-engine plane from Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Trinkle and his wife, Betty, residents of the Wilderness Acres section of Cherry Hill, were vacationing in Florida and had just picked up their son, Len, to ferry him back to Marco Island, Fla., for a holiday dinner. "We were 10 minutes into the flight when I was contacted by Miami Center," Trinkle said. "That's when our holiday flight plan changed.
NEWS
December 21, 1995 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
ROOFTOP-HEIGHT FLIGHT GETS APPROVAL FROM FAA It's a flight plan so extraordinary - a cross-country dash at rooftop height - that most pilots wouldn't even bother to ask permission. But the Federal Aviation Administration approved the trip with holiday cheer. The red aircraft with white and green trim, officially designated "Santa 1," has been cleared for speeds of more than 400 m.p.h. for a trip from the North Pole to the homes of good little boys and girls. The technical specifications from the official FAA flight plan, released yesterday: Flight type: visual flight rules.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Frank Kummer and Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The pilot killed this morning in a helicopter crash in Bucks County was great-grandson of former President Herbert Hoover, according to his mother's obituary. Douglas Brigham, a retired State Police corporal from Erwinna, died early this morning when a private helicopter he was operating exploded and crashed in a wooded area atop a hill near the Delaware River in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township, authorities said. The area, just off River Road, is across from Frenchtown, N.J. The crash is under investigation by federal aviation authorities.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Frank Kummer, Breaking News Desk
One person was reportedly killed in the explosion and fiery crash of a helicopter this morning in Bucks County and federal authorities are now investigating the incident. The helicopter went down in a wooded area atop a hill near the Delaware River in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township, a Bucks County dispatcher said. The area, just off River Road, is directly across from Frenchtown, N.J. The pilot may have been the sole occupant of the aircraft. Multiple media accounts identify the pilot as Doug Brigham, a retired corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police.
NEWS
December 31, 1997 | By Adrienne Lu, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A preliminary report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board on the Dec. 21 plane crash that killed two people in East Vincent did not indicate any apparent mechanical failures in the Cessna 152, but a finding of probable cause will not be available for several months. One witness to the accident "with a piloting background" suggested "the maneuvering was similar to stall initiation and recovery," the report stated. Stall initiation and recovery is a standard maneuver used to train pilots to handle aircraft in case of an aerodynamic stall, according to Everitt DuPont, manager of the New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon and a flight instructor.
TRAVEL
August 5, 2012 | By Myscha Theriault, McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE SERVICE
When it comes to family vacations, flying with children is likely one of the largest logistical dragons you'll slay. From toddler tantrums and teen boredom to infant ear pain and stroller storage, the list of potential issues is long. I went to some of my favorite family travel gurus for advice. Toddlers: Entertainment is the name of the game. As Wise Bread contributor Julie Rains shares, forgetting to factor this in can result in a fidgety flight. Her top tip? Pack headphones.
NEWS
August 12, 2000 | By Angela Valdez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The wreckage of two planes that collided Wednesday, killing all 11 aboard, was moved yesterday to a warehouse where federal investigators hope to learn something from the debris. With the ground investigation nearly complete, the focus of the inquiry will now move to Washington for an analysis of radar data and global positioning systems' maps of debris strewn over one-half square mile of farmland and homes, said Robert Benzon, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge.
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October 18, 2012 | By Frank Kummer, Breaking News Desk
One person was reportedly killed in the explosion and fiery crash of a helicopter this morning in Bucks County and federal authorities are now investigating the incident. The helicopter went down in a wooded area atop a hill near the Delaware River in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township, a Bucks County dispatcher said. The area, just off River Road, is directly across from Frenchtown, N.J. The pilot may have been the sole occupant of the aircraft. Multiple media accounts identify the pilot as Doug Brigham, a retired corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Frank Kummer and Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The pilot killed this morning in a helicopter crash in Bucks County was great-grandson of former President Herbert Hoover, according to his mother's obituary. Douglas Brigham, a retired State Police corporal from Erwinna, died early this morning when a private helicopter he was operating exploded and crashed in a wooded area atop a hill near the Delaware River in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township, authorities said. The area, just off River Road, is across from Frenchtown, N.J. The crash is under investigation by federal aviation authorities.
TRAVEL
August 5, 2012 | By Myscha Theriault, McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE SERVICE
When it comes to family vacations, flying with children is likely one of the largest logistical dragons you'll slay. From toddler tantrums and teen boredom to infant ear pain and stroller storage, the list of potential issues is long. I went to some of my favorite family travel gurus for advice. Toddlers: Entertainment is the name of the game. As Wise Bread contributor Julie Rains shares, forgetting to factor this in can result in a fidgety flight. Her top tip? Pack headphones.
SPORTS
December 7, 2011
EVERYBODY has an opinion on whether Andy Reid should be pink-slipped after the season. But the only two opinions that really matter belong to Jeff Lurie and Joe Banner. OK, three. I forgot about Christina, whose opinion actually might trump the other two. Since none of them has called a news conference to inform us they're standing by their man, we can only assume that they are going to wait to see how the rest of this season plays out before making a decision on Big Red's future.
NEWS
November 7, 2007 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
US Airways threatened yesterday to scuttle its plans to provide nonstop flights between Philadelphia and Beijing if airport officials allow Delta Air Lines to move into a disputed terminal. The threat drew jeers from city and airport officials, who had supported the airline's application for federal approval of the route because it would provide the region with direct flights to the capital of the world's fastest-growing major economy. "We're just trying to be fair to all our carriers, with great deference to US Airways," City Aviation Director Charles J. Isdell said.
NEWS
September 5, 2007 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By Halloween, many more airplanes from Philadelphia International Airport could be roaring over residential parts of Delaware and Gloucester Counties, as part of a controversial plan to reduce flight delays that officials released today to howls on the ground. The airspace redesign plan, which the Federal Aviation Administration formally announced after a decade of study and months of simmering debate, immediately drew a lawsuit threat by some residents and political leaders in the suburbs south and west of the airport.
NEWS
June 27, 2007 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
South Jersey residents get their chance tonight to vent about the Federal Aviation Administration's controversial plan to help reduce flight delays at Philadelphia International Airport by directing more airplanes over residential areas. The FAA says it's prepared for hundreds of people to come to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, at Route 70 and Cuthbert Boulevard in Cherry Hill, to learn about the plan, see how it was modified this spring to make it more palatable, and comment on it. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. The airspace redesign faces an uncertain future because of a steady stream of criticism from political leaders and residents in the regions it covers - southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, New Jersey, and the New York metropolitan area.
NEWS
March 24, 2007 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia International Airport has always been a noisy neighbor for the eastern reaches of Delaware County. Now, it is about to be a lot more so, after the Federal Aviation Administration chose a plan to direct flights over the county to alleviate chronic airport delays. "Obviously we are very disappointed," said Anne E. Howanski, Ridley Township manager, who said she was especially worried about increased noise and the effect on property values. The plan will change takeoff patterns.
NEWS
March 24, 2007 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday revealed its plan for reshuffling the way planes navigate the crowded airspace over New York and Philadelphia. Locally, the change would reroute departing flights from Philadelphia International Airport flights over more suburban residential areas. In Delaware County, the decision was received as warmly as an air strike. "They choose the alternative that had the most devastating impact on Delaware County," County Council Chairman Andrew J. Reilly said.
NEWS
October 22, 2006 | By Matt Sandy FOR THE INQUIRER
So far the sky has proved no limit to the lofty goals of Suzi Bisschops. Last Sunday morning, the day of her 16th birthday, the Central Bucks East High School sophomore took her maiden solo flight as a pilot in a Cessna 152 at Doylestown Airport. "At first I was really nervous," Bisschops said. "When I was sitting on the runway, you have so much time to think about what could go wrong. " "She couldn't have done better," said Justin Foster, Bisschops' flight instructor at Leading Edge Aviation Inc., which is based at the airport.
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