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  • Aussie Agency Says it Knows Where MH370 Crashed

    08/18/2017 1:23:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Australia's main scientific agency said yesterday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea north-east of an area scoured in a fruitless, nearly three-year underwater search. Its assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. But the Australian government rejected the conclusion of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), saying it was not specific enough. The Boeing 777 is thought to have been diverted thousands of kilometres off...
  • Russia keen to sell MiG-35 to India, says top official

    07/23/2017 6:08:21 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff ^ | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Asim Kamal
    Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India with the MiG corporation's chief saying the country has evinced interest in the aircraft and talks were on to understand its requirements. Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko said the MiG-35 was "the best" and definitely better than Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation combat aircraft F-35. He claimed that the MiG-35 would beat the American jet in air to air combat. Tarasenko, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS 2017 air show in Zhukovsky, Russia, said after having presented MiG- 35 in January, the...
  • Jury awards millions to pilots flying improperly packed airplane with USMC MRAPs

    07/19/2017 3:38:14 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    USMC Life ^ | July 13, 2017
    Jury awards millions to pilots flying improperly packed airplane with USMC MRAPs By USMC Life| July 13th, 2017|Featured, News|11 Comments A Cook County jury has returned a verdict in favor of the families of three of seven crew members who perished in the dramatic crash of a National Airlines 747 cargo airplane in Bagram, Afghanistan on April 29, 2013. The crash itself was captured on a dashcam video that went viral over the internet shortly after the accident occurred.
  • Sint Maarten jet engine blast kills New Zealand woman

    07/13/2017 12:37:16 PM PDT · by Enchante · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | July 13, 2017 | Staff
    A New Zealand woman has died on the Caribbean territory of Sint Maarten after the blast from a powerful jet engine knocked her to the ground. The incident happened at the famous Princess Juliana International Airport, which is just metres from the beach. Beachgoers can walk up to the airport fence as planes take off. Police said the 57-year-old woman had been holding on to the fence before the force of the jet engines threw her backwards, causing serious injury.
  • SpiceJet’s order to buy planes from Boeing will support many American jobs: Trump (100 planes)

    06/27/2017 2:20:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hindu ^ | June 27, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said a recent order for 100 new aircraft placed by an Indian airline will create thousands of American jobs, referring to SpiceJet’s decision to buy planes from Boeing. SpiceJet had announced an order worth $22 billion with the US aircraft maker in January. The order is expected to create 1.32 lakh high-skilled jobs in America. “I was pleased to learn about an Indian airlines’ recent order of 100 new American planes, one of the largest orders of its kind, which will support thousands and thousands of American jobs,” Mr. Trump said alongside Prime Minister...
  • How Private Jet Travelers Were Still Flying Despite The Heat In Phoenix

    06/24/2017 5:36:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/24/2017 | Doug Gollan
    How Private Jet Travelers Were Still Flying Despite The Heat In Phoenix Doug Gollan , Contributor I write about luxury travel from private jets to experiences Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. If you tuned on the news this past week you learned this time there were no “tapes” and that airplanes sometimes can’t fly in extreme heat. Nearly 50 flights by American Airlines were canceled, impacting thousands of passengers when temperatures at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport approached 120 degrees. While thousands of airline passengers were being inconvenienced by weather as happens to tens of thousands of flights...
  • Plasma Jet Engines Might Soon Become A Reality

    05/27/2017 6:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | May 27, 2017
    Conventional jet engines generate thrust by mixing fuel with compressed air, then igniting it. As the burning mixture rapidly expands, it gets blasted out of the back of the engine, propelling the craft forward. On the other hand, a plasma jet engine does away with the standard air and fuel mixture. Instead, it makes use of electricity to compress and excite gas into a plasma — an extremely hot, dense ionised state comparable with the insides of a fusion reactor or a star — then generate an electromagnetic field from it. Plasma engines have remained in experimental stages for quite...
  • Investigation: Mechanics Contaminated Air Force One Plane, Causing $4 Million in Damage and Threat

    05/11/2017 1:56:44 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 5/11/17 | Adam Kredo
    Airline mechanics assigned to perform critical maintenance on the fleet of Air Force One planes used to fly President Donald Trump and previous presidents were caught using contaminated tools on the craft, causing more than $4 million in damage that could have caused a fire to break out on the plane, according to a federal investigation. Three mechanics working for Boeing, which has a contract to perform critical maintenance on the Air Force One fleet, "failed to observe explicit warnings" while attempting to clean the plane at a Boeing-owned plant in San Antonio, Texas. Boeing, which has caused a firestorm...
  • Leonardo-DRS Bids to Build Aircraft (750 High-wage full-time jobs in Alabama)

    03/30/2017 5:32:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WLTZ-TV ^ | March 30, 2017
    TUSKEGEE, AL COULD LAND AIRCRAFT PLANT IF GLOBAL AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE FIRM WINS T-100 CONTRACT WITH U.S. AIR FORCE Macon County, AL (WSFA) – Leonardo-DRS has submitted a bid in the U.S. Air Force competition to assemble T100 aircraft at Tuskegee, Alabama’s Moton Airfield. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the bid on Thursday. He said if the global aerospace and defense firm wins, the advanced assembly center would create 750 high-wage, full-time jobs over a 10-year ramp-up period. The project would begin in 2019 and the total investment in the T-100 project’s buildings, infrastructure and equipment could reach $250 million....
  • Japan set to deliver aircraft to Philippines this month

    03/18/2017 6:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Update Philippines ^ | March 18, 2017 | PNA
    Pilots and flight crews of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSF) will be tasked to fly and deliver two of the five leased turbo-prop TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy’s (PN) Sangley Point air facility on March 27. This was confirmed by Navy spokesperson, Capt. Lued Lincuna, in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Friday. He said they are still to get the names of the Japanese pilots. The JMSDF will formally transfer the TC-90s to the Navy on the same day. Lincuna said the Navy will get the remaining three TC-90s before the end of the year....
  • Senator [Schumer] Calls for Investigation into Small Plane Crashes

    03/10/2017 8:44:01 AM PST · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | 3/10/17 | Pope
    New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to launch a study into a spate of small plane crashes around New York City. “We’re only a few months into 2017 and already we’ve seen two small plane crashes here in the New York metro area,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at a news conference in Manhattan on Sunday, referring to two accidents involving airplanes from Long Island last month. In a letter to NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, Schumer, the Senate minority leader, requested that the agency study New York’s small plane accidents over the past year...
  • The Su-22 Is Syria’s War-Weary Warhorse

    01/24/2017 6:31:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 24, 2017 | Tom Cooper
    The Sukhoi Design Bureau forged a reputation for big and powerful fighter-bombers. Today, the Russian company primarily builds different variants of the Su-27. Almost unnoticed, a dwindling number of much older Sukhoi Su-22s remain in service.
  • Eyeing Exports, China Shows Off New Fighter Variant [Stealth]

    12/28/2016 11:58:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | December 28, 2016 | Oriana Pawlyk
    China aims to capture the attention of the global export market with its new stealth fighter variant. The latest FC-31 Gyrfalcon, upgraded from its original J-31 version, flew publicly for the first time over the northeastern city of Shenyang on Friday, state-run media China Daily first reported. The J-31 airframe was first openly unveiled in 2014 at the Zhuhai Airshow. The radar-evading aircraft, which bears similar resemblance to U.S. F-35 and F-22 fighters, is smaller than China’s Chengdu J-20.
  • Trump is right to consider canceling the F-35

    12/23/2016 5:32:33 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 73 replies
    While we have a lot of sunk research costs in the F-35 that are unrecoverable, the question is how to allocate our money today, and the F-35 would be a waste at current prices. If Trump cannot negotiate a more reasonable price per plane, we should take that money and use it for what the military really needs. First and foremost, we need more soldiers in all branches of the military. Obama has shrunk the armed forces down to unconscionable levels. Secondly, we need more drones – a lot of them. Just think: if one F-35 crashes, we have lost...
  • Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash

    12/13/2016 6:39:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/12/2016 | Maureen O'Donnell and Jordan Owen
    Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash Rob Sherman, who died over the weekend in a crash of his small plane in Marengo, operated a business helping people build aircraft from kits. But the 63-year-old was better known as a colorful political activist and Green Party candidate — some might say gadfly — who called journalists and introduced himself as “Rob Sherman, your favorite atheist.” At one time, he had license plates that spelled out ATHEIST. Though he came in for derision as a self-promoter, he challenged the use of government-sponsored Christmas creches and displays and anything...
  • "Kuznetsov" stuck with no fuel in the Mediterranean Sea.

    10/28/2016 7:23:29 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 104 replies
    BY24.org ^ | 10/27/2016 | Administrator in charge
    Comical march of so-called "Russian aircraft carrier group" headed by aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" to the shores of Syria at war, amused the entire Internet, it seems, risks to become the biggest shame in the history of the Russian Navy. The reason is simple: no country in the region has agreed to fill the aggressor ships. By all indications, they will be destined to stupid drift in the Mediterranean without fuel until they get own tanker with fuel oil from Russia itself. The last hope of the Kremlin admirals was refueling in Malta, but today, 27 October, Foreign Minister of...
  • World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

    09/29/2016 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 9:33 AM EDT
    Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world’s first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The 10-minute test flight Thursday at Stuttgart Airport in southwestern Germany involved two pilots and two dummy passengers. The twin-cabin plane, known as HY4, was developed by aircraft maker Pipistrel, fuel cell specialist Hydrogenics, the University of Ulm and the German Aerospace Center DLR. …
  • India to ink mega Rafael fighter jet deal with France on Friday.

    09/21/2016 1:42:52 PM PDT · by axiomatical · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 9/21/2016 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India will finally ink the deal for direct acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France on Friday, in what will be an urgently-needed booster dose for the country's dwindling air combat power. IAF, after all, is down to just 33 fighter squadrons when at least 42 are required for dissuasive deterrence against China and Pakistan. The first omni-role Rafale, also capable of delivering nuclear weapons, will touch down in India within three years. India can buy two to three Russian heavy-weight Sukhoi-30MKIs or five to six indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft for every Rafale. But it's also...
  • The Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time

    09/21/2016 8:36:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 21, 2016 | Robert Farley
    Over the last century of military aviation, several fighters have earned the nickname “flying coffin.” Military aviation inherently pushes up against the limits of technology and human endurance, particularly where fighter and pursuit aviation are concerned. Flying a fighter is remarkably dangerous, even when no one is trying to shoot you down. Engineering a capable fighter plane is also a struggle. Relatively small changes in engine, armament and airframe design can transform a clunker into an elite fighting machine. Many of the best fighters in history were initially viewed askance by their pilots.
  • Connecticut pledges $220M in incentives to keep Sikorsky

    09/20/2016 3:57:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2016 5:31 PM EDT
    The office of Connecticut’s governor says Sikorsky Aircraft has committed to keeping its headquarters in the state and adding jobs in an agreement that involves $220 million in state incentives. […] The deal calls for Sikorsky to build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters in Connecticut for the U.S. Navy until at least 2032. The incentives pledged by Malloy’s office include grants and tax exemptions. …