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PHOTO: Gisel Bündchen Becoming a Helicopter Pilot

on People.com September 23, 2009
by Charlotte Triggs

PHOTO: by: Mark Edwards / Splash News Online


Gisele Bündchen may be 6 months pregnant, but that's not stopping her from taking lessons to learn to fly a helicopter, a friend confirms to PEOPLE.

While husband Tom Brady, 32, is in training with the New England Patriots, Bündchen has been doing her own training outside her new hometown of Boston. "She's been coming to the airfield for a couple months and she started her lessons a few weeks ago," says Keith Douglass, president of Shoreline Aviation, a company that provides private jets and aviation lessons.

"She's gung ho about learning to fly. She's one of the best students we've ever had," says Douglass. "She's excellent at learning and understanding what makes the helicopters fly. She knows all the rules and regulations. She's fantastic at flying the helicopter. She is very smooth and professional and she listens."

And despite her pregnancy, Bündchen, 29, who is able to continue with her lessons until November per her doctor's instructions, had no qualms about going up in the aircraft. "She wasn't nervous at all," says Douglass. "I asked her. But she can fly into November – that's when the doctors told her to stop, because she's due in December."

Flying while pregnant is considered fine, Douglass adds. "It only becomes an issue when they can't comfortably get in and out of the airplane or the controls can't be moved where they should be," he says. "They don't fly that high anyway in a helicopter so there are no big pressure changes."

Flying for a Good Cause
Bündchen's main motivation in learning to fly? Learning the nuts and bolts of aviation so she can work, as a new goodwill ambassador for the UN's Environmental Programme, on finding an alternative source of jet fuel. "She is trying to promote alternative fuel, and she's going to be very active doing that," says Douglass.

And while she's close to being a new mom, the supermodel is even closer to getting her pilot's license. "She'll probably have her license in a month," says Douglass. "She's on the controls. She flies it off the ground and away she goes. She brings it back in, lands it perfectly. She's doing a wonderful job."

Eventually, Douglass says, flying might be a family affair. "I think down the road Tom will come too – they're planning on using a helicopter quite often."

Tags: People.com

Gisel learning to fly in Marshfield

on Boston.com September 22, 2009
by Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein

Paparazzi circled the Marshfield airport yesterday after gossip website TMZ.com revealed that Gisele Bundchen has been taking helicopter flying lessons on the property. "It's ridiculous. There are cameras everywhere,'' said Keith Douglass, president of Shoreline Aviation, the vendor at the airport. For the record, Bundchen is not taking lessons with Shoreline. Mrs. Tom Brady has hired a private instructor to teach her how to run a chopper. "This was the best-kept secret until last Friday,'' Douglass said, laughing. Bundchen is apparently taking her lessons seriously. According to a source at Norwood Memorial Airport, the now-local supermodel recently stopped by the Norwood flight tower because Marshfield's airport doesn't have one. She requested a sit-down with Norwood's tower manager so she could get a lesson in air traffic control. "He gave her all kinds of time,'' our Norwood source told us. "I can't say I blame him.'' In case you're worried, the Federal Aviation Administration tells us that it's OK for the pregnant Bundchen to fly the friendly skies. FAA spokesman Jim Peters says that as long as Bundchen has an instructor by her side, she can fly throughout her pregnancy. If she decides to go solo, she'll need an endorsement from her instructor and a medical certificate. Brady recently confirmed that Bundchen is due in December.

Tags: Boston.com, TMZ.com

Gisele taking flight in Marshfield
Bundchen learning to fly helicopter at Marshfield Airport

on PatriotLedger.com September 22, 2009
by Jennifer Mann

PHOTO: Associated Press - Brazillian supermodel Gisele Bundchen listens during a press conference in 2007. The mother-to-be and wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is taking flight lessons in Marshfield.


Residents in Marshfield have another celebrity at whom to gawk.

Keith Douglass, president of Shoreline Aviation, confirmed that supermodel and soon-to-be mom Gisele Bundchen has been taking helicopter flight lessons from the company, which operates from Marshfield's municipal airport.

She's well on her way to completing the 40 hours needed to get her helicopter pilot's license, Douglass said. In the last month or so that she's been popping in for lessons, he said, she's proven to be an ace pilot.

"She's excellent. She's one of the best pilots we've ever seen," Douglass said.

By the time celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com reported the news Monday, word had already gotten around Marshfield, a town that has had its fair share of celebrities, ranging from Steve Carell of the TV show "The Office" to members of Aerosmith.

So far, Bundchen's husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has not shown up at the airport to go along for a ride – but as Douglass noted, this is Brady's busiest time of year.

One resident, posting on Marshfield's online community forum in late August, reported seeing the couple at the beachside Arthur & Pat's restaurant.

Jennifer Mann may be reached at jmann@ledger.com.

Tags: Patriot Ledger

Gisel taking flight in Marshfield

on Taunton Daily Gazette.com September 22, 2009
by GateHouse News Service

Residents in Marshfield have another celebrity to gawk at.

Keith Douglass, president of Shoreline Aviation, has confirmed that supermodel and soon-to-be mom Gisele Bundchen has been taking flight lessons from the company, which operates from Marshfield's municipal airport.

She's well on her way toward completing the 40 hours needed to get her helicopter pilot's license, Douglass said. And she's proving to be an ace pilot.

"She's progressed pretty quickly; she's extremely dedicated," Douglass said.

So far, Bundchen's husband, New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, has not shown up at the airport to go along for a ride.

The Patriot Ledger

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Marshfield: State environmental officials to rule on runway extension by Aug. 28

WATD-FM on 959WATD.com July 23, 2009
by Kaitlin Keane

sealPHOTO: Marshfield, Massachusetts seal, posted on 959WATD.com
State environmental officials are expected to rule on a proposed 936-foot runway extension at Marshfield Municipal Airport by August 28.

In a state filing under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, Marshfield's Airport Commission is seeking to lengthen the runway from 3,001 feet to 3,937 feet.

However, Armand Dufresne, an airport planner with consultant Gale and Associates, says Marshfield's airport ideally needs more than 5,000 feet of runway for the safety of today's aircraft.

To minimize environmental impact, Dufresne says the Federal Aviation Administration is allowing Marshfield to pave 300 feet of runway safety area on either end of the runway. The safety areas could be used for takeoffs only.

Right now, the airport's runway is 3,001 feet long, the shortest length considered safe for a general aviation airport.

Dufresne says the proposed extension would not likely attract faster, bigger Class C aircraft to Marshfield's airport.

MEPA approval would clear the way for Marshfield to seek state permits for the project.


Marshfield Thanks for making tournament a success

Marshfield Mariner on Wicked Local Marshfield July 22, 2009

Letter to the Editor
Marshfield - To The Editor:

On Saturday, July 11, the second multiple sclerosis softball tournament was held at the Governor Winslow field in Marshfield with eight teams participating. After a wonderful day of family fun, the tournament ended with a reception at the Venus II restaurant in Brant Rock.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for making this annual event a huge success. The big prize this year was two American Airlines business class tickets to anywhere in Europe. Dan and Kortnee Anderson of Marshfield won this great prize. We had a lot of wonderful prizes, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. For all those that purchased raffle tickets, pizza and salad was served.

The following sponsors helped to make our day successful. Thank you to The Bridgewaye Inn, Boca Restaurant, Kennedy's Country Gardens, British Beer Company, Fedele's Chocolates, Pacini's Restaurant, The Garlic Restaurant, Satuit Tavern, Barker Tavern, Mary's Grace Gift Shop, the Fieldston restaurant, Haddad's restaurant, Shag of Boston, Courtney's Food and Spirits restaurant, Tsang's, Mill Wharf restaurant, HaNaBi restaurant, Lisa Marie's Boutique, China Wok, PJ's Country House, Halfway Café, Flowers by Maryellen, Famous Pizza and Aristocracy of Plymouth and Shoreline Aviation of Marshfield.

We would also like to thank all those who purchased tickets and tell all of you that through your unselfish help a breakthrough will come one day to cure this dreaded disease.

Tags: Marshfield Mariner, Wicked Local

Dogfight all in good fun when family takes flight

Addison County Independent on AddisonIndependent.com July 20, 2009
by Kathryn Flagg

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BRISTOL — A father-daughter sock hop? No thanks, say one Bristol dad and his daughter.

Tim and Molly Eaton, 50 and 18, respectively, prefer to do their bonding at 230 miles an hour, 8,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

That's how the two experienced a day in the life of a fighter pilot, through a program called Air Combat U.S.A. The program let the pair — both flight enthusiasts — pilot SIAI Marchetti SF-260 jets through air combat maneuvers with the assistance of trained fighter pilots.

For Tim, the trip was a 50th birthday present — and for Molly, the flight over the Atlantic helped commemorate her graduation this spring from Mt. Abraham Union High School.
"As a father, I think it's a wonderful thing to be able to do this with your daughter," Tim said.

"Flying is something we both enjoy doing," Molly added.
Tim, a real estate agent in Middlebury with Lang McLaughry Spera, was no stranger to flight. He's a licensed pilot, and has been flying for 25 years. He caught the bug during a fishing trip to Canada with friends years ago. He'd never flown before, but they boarded a tiny plane to fly in to a remote area to fish.

"After that, I came home and started flying," he said. "I said, 'I have to do this.' It's just one of those things that excited me."

He passed the flying bug on to his youngest child, Molly. He took her flying once when she was younger, and she too fell in love with the experience of being in the air.

Now, Molly will head to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., this fall, where she plans to pursue a degree in aeronautical science. She hopes to become a professional pilot someday.

And in the video footage of the father-daughter pair's fighter jet experience in June, Molly's enthusiasm for flying is evident. Tim joked that in footage from his cockpit, he is "totally apprehensive." Meanwhile, Molly is all smiles.

"You could tell that she loved it," Tim said.

All told, the two spent between 45 minutes and an hour in the air, each in their own plane. They flew with two flight instructors — "Pigmy" and "Squirt," by their call names. (Molly and Tim went by "Mo" and "Pops" in the air, as they spoke to one another over their radios.)

The instructors, it turned out, were seasoned fighter pilots. The 78-year-old Pigmy, who flew with Tim, received his Navy wings in 1955, and flew in the Vietnam War, and was a U.S. Naval attaché to Brazil in the 1980s. Meanwhile, Molly's instructor, "Squirt," graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Navy's fighter weapons school.

These teachers guided the planes through the take off and landing maneuvers, but handed the controls over to the pair once they were safely in reserved air space just off the coast near Marshfield, Mass. (Air Combat U.S.A. travels to airports around the country, and was stationed at the Marshfield airport for a week in June.)

In air, Tim and Molly practiced flying in formation and learned a few basic air combat maneuvers. Their "hard deck," or the lowest altitude at which they flew, was 3,000 feet, and they climbed to as high as 8,000 feet above the ocean. Their Marchetti jets have been used by 27 air forces around the world.

In a few rounds of good-natured rivalry, Molly and Tim were pitted against one another in dogfight maneuvers. They played five rounds in this game of mock aerial combat, trying to line up their opponents in their cross hairs. Then, they'd fire — and keep firing. An electronic tone mimicked the sound of real bullets, and each "hit" was signaled by a trail of smoke that spun out from the wounded plane.

"Lose sight, lose the fight," Molly quipped.

The matches were close, but Tim eked out one extra win, besting Molly in the dogfights 3-2. But Molly had a quick comeback to that final tally.

"He won 3-2," she said, "but I didn't get sick."

The Air Combat U.S.A. program isn't cheap — a basic training outing runs nearly $1,400 per person.

But Tim and Molly agreed that the experience was priceless.

In fact, Molly says now that she could picture herself flying fighter jets for a living — though she plans to take her time at Embry-Riddle before deciding whether or not pursuing a flight career in the military is up her alley.

The experience of flying these fighter jets, both father and daughter agreed, is not for the "weak of heart."

"It's physically and mentally exhausting," Tim said.

And for anyone considering giving the Air Combat U.S.A. experience a try, the two agreed that it's hard to prepare for the experience of being in the air in a fighter yet.

"It's like nothing you've ever experienced," Molly said. "It's not like a roller coaster … it is its own experience."

"Yeah, this isn't your basic ride at the fair," Tim chimed in. "It'll never compare."

Tags: Addison County Independent

Shoreline Aviation Provides Full Service Maintenance Department

Aviation Digest on AviationDigest July 2009

Greenland Ed workingPHOTO: Provided by Shoreline Aviation

After 25 years on the job, Ed Novak knows how to run his repair shop. With a team of technicians including three IAs, Shoreline Aviation has the capability to maintain aircraft ranging from light piston singles to Citation 500 series jets. "Demand is strong, despite the economy," said Novak. "We have loyal customers who are very happy with the way we've looked out for their safety and pocket books over the years. Safety is always our number one priority. Delivering excellent service at a fair price, minimizing downtime and truly understanding each customer's unique needs is what sets us apart."

Shoreline Aviation specializes in modifications including tip tanks, speed brakes, engine monitoring systems and turbo normalizer kits. They also have expertise in repairs and inspections on piston and turbine models. Shoreline Aviation is a factory service center for Piper and Diamond aircraft. Known for their extremely thorough pre-purchase inspections, Novak and his team have saved many customers from unpleasant and costly surprises down the line.

Repairing cabin pressurization systems is another niche expertise that bring aircraft from all over New England. Shoreline Aviation has been successful in attracting new diagnostic business as a result of their reputation for locating hard-to-find leaks using specialized techniques and equipment. Shoreline Aviation also dispatches technicians to airports like Nantucket, Provincetown or Martha's Vineyard that don't have on-field maintenance. "I've traveled as far as Nararssuak, Greenland to repair a Piper Cheyenne fuel bladder for a customer on a trip to South Africa. That's when you want to be sure you have all the tools to complete the job!" said Novak.

In addition to maintenance, Shoreline Aviation's professional staff provides expert service in brokering, managing, maintaining, and leasing new and pre-owned aircraft. They currently operate a Citation 560 on their Part 135 Charter Certificate and are in the process of adding a Twin Cessna 335. Shoreline Aviation also recently announced the addition of a Diamond DA42 Twin Star with Garmin's G1000 panel to their training fleet, enabling them to offer multi-engine training in one of the most modern aircraft available.

For the aircraft owner considering flying into Shoreline Aviation for an inspection, modification, repairs, or training, Marshfield Municipal Airport (GHG) is a charming and beautiful seaside destination, just 20 miles southeast of Boston. When you visit, you'll discover beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants and inns, shopping, golf, sport fishing, and more. Executive transportation and car rental are available, along with a courtesy shuttle to local destinations.

Fr more information about maintenance services at Shoreline Aviation, contact Ed Novak at 781-834-4928 or E-mail him at enovak@ShorelineAviation.net.

Tags: Aviation Digest

A Natural High for Students

Scituate Mariner on WickedLocal.com June 18, 2009 by Brian P. Nanos

Posted Jun 18, 2009 @ 12:01 AM
Last update Jun 12, 2009 @ 02:03 AM

darePHOTO: Wicked Local Staff Photo by Chris Bernstein
Scituate Police DARE Officer Dom D'Arcangelo is ready for takeoff at Marshfield Municipal Airport with Devin Stewart of Wompatuck Elementary School and Leah Doherty of Hatherly Elementary School.

Scituate —
According to Scituate Police DARE Officer Dom D'Arcangelo, people with his job often use their talents, skills and hobbies to show students ways to get a high without the use of drugs and alcohol.

"You do what your talents allow you to get to the kids," he said. "If you like fishing, you do a fishing club."

D'Arcangelo picked up a hobby 17 years ago that has allowed him to literally get his message across — he flies planes.

The hobby was a direct result of his work in Scituate schools, D'Arcangelo said. He was giving a group of students a lesson about achieving their goals when a girl in the class raised her hand and asked him if there was anything he wanted to achieve.

D'Arcangelo responded that he would like to get a pilot's license.

"She goes, 'What's your excuse?'" he said.

Each year, D'Arcangelo takes students from each of Scituate's four elementary schools for an airplane ride from Marshfield Municipal Airport, which they earn by having an essay chosen to be read at DARE graduation. The essays are chosen, D'Arcangelo said, "not so much as the winner as the representative of the class."

On June 11, D'Arcangelo took three groups of Scituate students up in the plane. He took more students on June 16, and said the flights would continue until each of the winning students had gone.

When Jenkins Elementary School students Ben McClary, Maria D'Ambrosia and Sarah Putnam took the flight June 11, they all said the enjoyed the trip over the coast of Scituate.

"It was fun," Ben said. "It was cool to see images from far above. It's like, 'That's my house.'"

"I personally never realized how many trees there are (in Scituate)," Sarah said.

Ben, who was flying in the front seat with D'Arcangelo, even got a chance to fly the plane, something he first attempted as a joke.

"He put his hands out (to take control). He said, 'Never in 1,000 years,'" D'Arcangelo said. "I said, 'No, it's your turn."

D'Arcangelo said Ben did "a nice job" with the plane, although Ben described it differently.

"I actually got to fly the plane a little bit," he said, before making a face to approximate Maria and

Sarah being scared stiff. "They were like this in the back seat"

After their flight with D'Arcangelo, Jenkins students Ani Koziel and P.J. Le Blanc both said they had fun.

"At first it was a little bumpy," Ani said. "I saw our street."

"You never realize exactly what stuff is going to look like," P.J. added.

D'Arcangelo said that the essay contest and the plane flights help the students build confidence — "a fundamental part of DARE," he said.

D'Arcangelo added that the students are often surprised by the follow-through on a promise.

Early in the year, he offers the plane ride, but some students don't believe it at the end of the year when they are actually taking off, he said.

"It's really says that you can have so much fun in life without substances," he said. "This costs the same (as a drug addiction), so why not do this stuff?"

The students aren't the only ones who enjoy the flights over Scituate. Although he said he has given up on his one-time goal of becoming a "traditional cop," D'Arcangelo said he finds his job more than rewarding.

"When I go in in September and I get a class full of kids, it's a performance," he said. "It's so much fun. That's what I said to one of the kids, ' I get paid for this.'"

Tags: Wicked Local, Scituate Mariner

Air Combat USA coming to Shoreline Aviation at Marshfield Municipal Airport

combatPHOTO: Air Combat USA photo
Air Combat USA offers armchair fighter pilots a chance to experience the real thing for $1,395. The show is coming to Marshfield Airport June 13-15 and Sept. 26-28.(Photo caption:The Patriot Ledger June 14, 2009 by Josh Callum)

Air Combat USA is coming to Shoreline Aviation at the Marshfield Airport on September 26, 27 and 28. Do you have what it takes to be a Fighter Pilot for a day? Imagine yourself scanning the skies in a real military aircraft in search of an enemy airplane. You spot the bogey at 3 o'clock, break turn hard and the fight's on. Up, down, and around. Pulling G's, making quick decisions until you out maneuver your opponent, put the gunsight pipper on them, squeeze the trigger and guns, guns, guns! The enemy erupts in smoke and you roll up and away, Victorious! See Air Combat USA's website for more information including costs.

Tags: Patriot Ledger

Shoreline Aviation offers worldwide air charter services to and from all airports serving the general publlic.

Located at the Marshfield Aiport in Marshfield, MA, Shoreline Aviation is convenient to Duxbury, Cohasset, Hingham, Scituate and other South Shore locations.


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George Harlow Field
93 Old Colony Lane
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