Legal and Justice

Quinns Rocks Hang Gliding

Launch Pad in Australia is Finally Legal!

The hang gliding community near Wanneroo city in Australia has been delivered good news recently as the Wanneroo city council to approve a formal launch site near Quinns Rocks and Jindalee. The people at HGAWA (the Hang Gliding Association...
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Base Jumping from a Wind Turbine

Two base jumpers climb a wind turbine and take the plunge from 200 feet.
Going High Tech Against Drugs

Going High Tech Against Ultralight Drug Smugglers

Enjoying your sport can be a little more challenging when your favorite way to fly also happens to be popular with criminals. If you follow ultralight aircraft news, you've probably noticed that ultralights have long drawn scrutiny from U.S. officials...
Police Soar to Catch a Thief

Police S.O.A.R. to Catch a Thief

Palm Bay Police in central Florida are using a new technology to catch a thief. The Search Operation Aerial Response team (S.O.A.R) will use powered paragliders in their day to day operations to conduct aerial surveillance. Besides looking for...
Powered Parachutes

Powered Parachutes to the Rescue

Powered parachutes are more and more being recognized as a powerful tool to fight crime by local police departments. The slow flying speed of a powered parachute in comparison to a small airplane makes these aircraft a better platform...
In the Air Again

Back in the Air Again

An Australian hang glider pilot who has been banned from flying for the past 5 years has recently taken to the skies after completing his license suspension period order by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Australia. John Smith of...
Air Cowboys Under Fire

Air Cowboys Under Fire

A wildlife advocacy group, WildEarth Guardians, is petitioning President Obama to help stop the gunning down of coyotes from ultralight aircraft in the state of Idaho. The practice of hunting from ultralight was approved by the Federal government back in...
Ultralight Pilots Wanted to Save Rhinos

Ultralight Pilots to Save the Rhino

A British ultralightlight pilot has made ultralight aircraft news while urging other microlight enthusiasts worldwide get involved in an effort to help save an endangered species. Pilot Frank Spiniello recently traveled to South Africa and saw many stories about the...
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British Army Sergeant Faces Retrial for Attempted Murder of Wife

Sergeant Emile Cilliers, a member of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, is now facing a retrial for the attempted murder of his wife after the jury was dismissed for failing to reach a verdict. In April of 2015, on...
Canyon Pilot Plight

Canyon Pilot Plight

While Lionel De Antoni was landing his powered paraglider he noticed that his motor home was missing and police officers were waiting for his arrival. Dazed and confused, the pilot was arrested, his motor home impounded, his powered paraglider with...
Good Samaritan Attacked

Good Samaritan Pilot Attacked

When a paraglider pilot decided to be a Good Samaritan and talk to a group of troubled youths, he had no idea that his good deed would end up in a trip to the hospital.

Texas Congressmen Introduce Bill After 2016 Balloon Crash

Three Texas Congressmen have introduced a bill following a fatal hot air balloon crash in July, 2016. The crash happened near Lockhart, Texas last year and all 16 passengers were killed. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded...

Test Pilots Wanted

Skydog Blog - editorial and opinion When I first saw this I thought, "you gotta be kidding me". That set aside it appears they are not. If you are familiar with AWACS and ICBM let me familirize you with another acronym:...
Border Patrol Bust Ultralight Carrying Drugs

Ultralight Busted With Mary Jane

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s air operations spotted and interdicted an ultra-light aircraft carrying $180,000 of illegal drugs crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.