A drop in damage as aircraft bird strike reports climb, FAA data show

Moments after United Flight 1738 took off from O’Hare International Airport on the clear morning of Thursday, June 1, passenger Drew Tewksbury heard a thud. The plane tilted left, then leveled out.

Tewksbury, 48, an insurance executive from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, said the plane’s right engine started making the sound of a car driving down a highway with a flat tire.

“Within 30 seconds, someone in the back said, ‘Hey, there’s flames coming out’,” he said.

Bound for Miami, the twin-engine Boeing 737-900 suffered a bird strike. According to air traffic control recordings, pilots said the plane struck a flock of geese.

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Costa Concordia

In the July/August 2013 issue of FFJournal, my first cover story was published.

Costa Concordia.


It’s about the metalwork involved with the Costa Concordia shipwreck salvage.

Click the photo or link here: Salvaging a Shipwreck.



Barry-Roubaix on Drunkcyclist.com

Since I worked at two bike shops, I’ve always been a devoted reader of Drunkcyclist.com.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t advocate (completely) what it sounds like. Rather it captures the tone of sarcasm, irreverence, and skewering of, well, the things that are easy to skewer about cycling culture in a blog. Think Vice, but for cycling. They also talk about beer.

I had to the chance to do some words for them about Barry-Roubaix, a gravel road race in Michigan.

Link: First rodeo with Barry-Roubaix at Drunkcyclist.com.