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February 24, 1986 | From Reuters
Two men died when an ultralight aircraft plunged 300 feet to the ground near Rio de Janeiro, officials at the airfield said. Piloting the craft was the president of the Cirus Ultralight Club, Marcelo Giffoni. On board was television cameraman Antonio Carvalho Cruz, whose film, broadcast later, showed panoramic shots of the airfield and then the spiraling of the aircraft as it plunged to the ground. Sources said the load on the plane was 66 pounds above the recommended limit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
U.S. border authorities have awarded a $99.9-million contract to a New York-based company to develop a radar system to detect low-flying ultralight aircraft used to smuggle drugs from Mexico. The solo-piloted aircraft that resemble motorized hang gliders are difficult to detect with conventional radar technology and can carry payloads up to 250 pounds. The planes fly slowly above areas from San Diego to Arizona, dropping their loads of marijuana before escaping to Mexico. More than 700 incursions, at least two of which occurred over San Diego's Interstate 8, have been reported since the trend began in 2008.
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September 23, 1991 | LEO W. BANKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A lifetime of working cattle on 50 square miles of rugged land 45 miles north of Tucson has taught Virgil Mercer more than most men will ever know about the traditions of ranching. But these days when the 65-year-old Mercer rises at sunup and heads out to work his herd, tradition is the last thing on his mind. He ambles straight past the horse corral and climbs into his "aerial pony," the ultralight aircraft he uses to perform most of the everyday ranch work he once did on horseback.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
They fly low and slow over the border, their wings painted black and motors humming faintly under moonlit skies. The pilots, some armed in the open cockpits, steer the horizontal control bar with one hand and pull a latch with the other, releasing 250-pound payloads that land with a thud, leaving only craters as evidence of another successful smuggling run. Mexican organized crime groups, increasingly stymied by stepped-up enforcement on land, have...
NEWS
January 26, 1986 | United Press International
Cartoonist Berke Breathed, creator of the comic strip "Bloom County," was in satisfactory condition Friday in St. Joseph's Hospital intensive care unit after surgery to stabilize a fractured spine. Breathed, 28, underwent the 5 1/2-hour operation Thursday night to stabilize a compression fracture suffered in Wednesday's crash of his ultralight aircraft near Albuquerque.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2008 | Jason Song
Two people were killed early Saturday in separate incidents, one in a fire at a nursing home and another in the crash of an ultralight aircraft, authorities said. The fire broke out at 3:14 a.m. in the 100 block of East 2nd Street, displacing 40 residents and killing one person, said Massiel De Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department. She said that the victim had not yet been identified and that the blaze was extinguished at 4:10 a.m. The owners of the nursing home, Perris Place, could not be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER
A 63-year-old San Gabriel man whose ultralight aircraft crashed into the Santa Clara River this weekend died of asphyxia caused by drowning, according to the Ventura County coroner's office. Jerome Kristian was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday after his aircraft clipped power lines and fell into the river near Todd Lane, west of Santa Paula. Farm workers who saw the ultralight hit the lines and plunge into the river found the aircraft upside down in the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
U.S. border authorities have awarded a $99.9-million contract to a New York-based company to develop a radar system to detect low-flying ultralight aircraft used to smuggle drugs from Mexico. The solo-piloted aircraft that resemble motorized hang gliders are difficult to detect with conventional radar technology and can carry payloads up to 250 pounds. The planes fly slowly above areas from San Diego to Arizona, dropping their loads of marijuana before escaping to Mexico. More than 700 incursions, at least two of which occurred over San Diego's Interstate 8, have been reported since the trend began in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1985 | MICHAEL FAIRLEY, Times Staff Writer
Television newsman Jesse Macias and pilot George Evangelou were injured Thursday in the crash of an ultralight aircraft near Lake San Vicente in Lakeside. The accident occurred one day after a San Diego City Council committee voted unanimously to deny Evangelou's request to build a landing strip for the aircraft in the San Pasqual agricultural preserve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2008 | Jason Song
Two people were killed early Saturday in separate incidents, one in a fire at a nursing home and another in the crash of an ultralight aircraft, authorities said. The fire broke out at 3:14 a.m. in the 100 block of East 2nd Street, displacing 40 residents and killing one person, said Massiel De Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department. She said that the victim had not yet been identified and that the blaze was extinguished at 4:10 a.m. The owners of the nursing home, Perris Place, could not be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER
A 63-year-old San Gabriel man whose ultralight aircraft crashed into the Santa Clara River this weekend died of asphyxia caused by drowning, according to the Ventura County coroner's office. Jerome Kristian was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday after his aircraft clipped power lines and fell into the river near Todd Lane, west of Santa Paula. Farm workers who saw the ultralight hit the lines and plunge into the river found the aircraft upside down in the water.
NEWS
September 23, 1991 | LEO W. BANKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A lifetime of working cattle on 50 square miles of rugged land 45 miles north of Tucson has taught Virgil Mercer more than most men will ever know about the traditions of ranching. But these days when the 65-year-old Mercer rises at sunup and heads out to work his herd, tradition is the last thing on his mind. He ambles straight past the horse corral and climbs into his "aerial pony," the ultralight aircraft he uses to perform most of the everyday ranch work he once did on horseback.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1986 | From Reuters
Two men died when an ultralight aircraft plunged 300 feet to the ground near Rio de Janeiro, officials at the airfield said. Piloting the craft was the president of the Cirus Ultralight Club, Marcelo Giffoni. On board was television cameraman Antonio Carvalho Cruz, whose film, broadcast later, showed panoramic shots of the airfield and then the spiraling of the aircraft as it plunged to the ground. Sources said the load on the plane was 66 pounds above the recommended limit.
NEWS
January 26, 1986 | United Press International
Cartoonist Berke Breathed, creator of the comic strip "Bloom County," was in satisfactory condition Friday in St. Joseph's Hospital intensive care unit after surgery to stabilize a fractured spine. Breathed, 28, underwent the 5 1/2-hour operation Thursday night to stabilize a compression fracture suffered in Wednesday's crash of his ultralight aircraft near Albuquerque.
BUSINESS
March 24, 1985 | JUBE SHIVER Jr.
Unlike paid advertising, public relations firms rely on so-called free media stories and mentions in magazines, newspapers and on radio and television--to get their point across. To help generate interest, publicists use celebrities, contests and other techniques. As Paul Alvarez, chairman of Ketchum Public Relations, put it: "The trick is to provide the media information they can use, in a format that won't compromise their integrity."
BUSINESS
March 24, 1985 | JUBE SHIVER Jr.
Unlike paid advertising, public relations firms rely on so-called free media stories and mentions in magazines, newspapers and on radio and television--to get their point across. To help generate interest, publicists use celebrities, contests and other techniques. As Paul Alvarez, chairman of Ketchum Public Relations, put it: "The trick is to provide the media information they can use, in a format that won't compromise their integrity."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
They fly low and slow over the border, their wings painted black and motors humming faintly under moonlit skies. The pilots, some armed in the open cockpits, steer the horizontal control bar with one hand and pull a latch with the other, releasing 250-pound payloads that land with a thud, leaving only craters as evidence of another successful smuggling run. Mexican organized crime groups, increasingly stymied by stepped-up enforcement on land, have...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1985 | MICHAEL FAIRLEY, Times Staff Writer
Television newsman Jesse Macias and pilot George Evangelou were injured Thursday in the crash of an ultralight aircraft near Lake San Vicente in Lakeside. The accident occurred one day after a San Diego City Council committee voted unanimously to deny Evangelou's request to build a landing strip for the aircraft in the San Pasqual agricultural preserve.
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