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  • Passenger Spots Beer Can in Plane’s Cockpit

    09/21/2017 2:33:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2017
    A passenger aboard a recent Jet2 flight from Spain to England saw something no traveler ever wants to see on a plane: a beer in the cockpit. Steve Lewis, of Northamptonshire, England, says he was “shocked” upon landing at Birmingham airport and seeing a can of Stella Artois sitting between the pilots. “The plane had landed and the seatbelt light came on. I stood up to get my suitcase and as I did the cockpit door opened and I noticed the can,” said Lewis, according to The Metro. “I turned to my partner Steven, who didn’t believe me at first,...
  • The Boeing 747 Came In With A Bang And Now It Will Go Out With One

    09/20/2017 9:22:24 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 19, 2017 | Ted Reed
    U.S. Airlines are vying for attention as the Boeing 747 leaves their fleets, just as they did when it entered their fleets in 1970. And the world’s aviation geeks are watching closely. United announced Monday that its final Boeing 747 flight will take place Nov. 7 with a celebratory recreation of its first United flight from San Francisco to Honolulu. Twenty-eight minutes later, at 3:47 p.m. Monday, Delta announced that it recently operated its final Boeing 747 Tokyo Narita-Honolulu flight (on Sept. 5), and that it had operated what were thought to be the final domestic 747 flights from Honolulu...
  • 3 Reasons Why the Drone Industry Is Hiring Thousands of New Workers

    09/19/2017 6:16:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Inc. Magazine ^ | September 18, 2017 | Lisa Calhoun, General partner, Valor Ventures
    For the first time in history, investments in drones--those buzzy airborne gadgets that used to be called UAVs--have crossed a billion dollars. $1.2 billion has already been invested in unmanned aerial tech in 2017 so far, according to CB Insights. When I invested in a drone startup last year, there was only about $600 million in venture capital deployed. Drone pilots still had to be licensed like fixed-wing aircraft. "In the past several years, the drone space has crossed the threshold from being driven by hobbyists and experimentalists to being largely enterprise-dominated," says John Frankel, founder at FFVC, a New...
  • KC-46 Faces 3 Category One Deficiencies; Two Affect Boom

    09/20/2017 4:48:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | September 19, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR. and COLIN CLARK
    A KC-46 tanker refuels a C-17 transport in mid-air. Sometimes the refueling boom impacts the receiving aircraft, damaging it. AFA: The four-star chief of Air Mobility Command wants his new KC-46 Pegasus tankers “yesterday,” but the tanker’s boom has a nasty tendency to scrape up planes it’s trying to refuel, as well as two other category one deficiencies, and contractor Boeing has to fix those. The paint scraping problem — formally known as “undetected contact” — by itself could “possibly” delay the new planes’ arrival at AMC, Gen. Carlton Everhart said. That date was already pushed back to “late spring”...
  • America's Unfriendly Skies

    09/19/2017 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 19, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    Liberals love to portray Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried, valiantly, to shed that criticism -- but then why are so many in the party defending the special interests of private- and corporate-jet owners over the interests of the rest of us? Do Warren Buffett and LeBron James really need taxpayer subsidies to jet across the country? At issue here is the proposed modernization of the operations and pricing of America's air traffic control system. President Donald Trump has proposed an air traffic control upgrade that would take the system out of the...
  • Saw a few Ospreys in Brooklyn, NY (local)

    09/17/2017 6:20:45 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 16 replies
    wastedyears | 9/27/2017 | wastedyears
    So yeah, I saw a few Ospreys while walking a couple hours ago. They were pretty damn low for military planes. Anybody know if the Marines are doing maneuvers around here, or if someone is visiting?
  • Local aerospace project expected to bring hundreds of jobs making progress (780 jobs in Florida)

    09/12/2017 7:28:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WEAR-TV ^ | September 11, 2017 | David Gonzalez|
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — It's been almost 11 months since the City of Pensacola broke ground on a multimillion dollar aerospace facility at Pensacola International Airport. Things are moving fast on the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering (VT MAE) project that's set to bring hundreds of jobs to the area. The city is really excited about the progress being made on the project. VT MAE is expected to benefit not just the airport, but the surrounding community as well. The VT MAE project at the airport is more than halfway to be completed. David Penzone, a consultant for the city said,...
  • May asks Trump to help broker deal in Bombardier dispute with Boeing

    09/11/2017 6:11:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Times and Star ^ | September 12, 2017
    Prime Minister Theresa May has asked US President Trump to help broker a deal in a bitter aerospace trade dispute which could financially devastate one of Northern Ireland's biggest employers. Canadian aerospace giant Bombardier, which employs around 4,500 people in Belfast and accounts for 10% of the region's manufacturing exports, is facing significant costs in a spat with US aeronautics powerhouse Boeing. The dispute centres over Boeing's allegations that Bombardier received subsidies allowing it to sell its CSeries planes at below-market prices. The US Department of Commerce is expected to announce a decision on whether to impose duties against Bombardier...
  • Iraqi pilot killed in training crash near Fort Thomas

    09/09/2017 9:29:33 AM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | David Bell and Ronald Arrellin Jr. Eastern Arizona Courier
    FORT THOMAS — For the second time in two years, an Iraqi jet crashed during a training mission above the Arizona desert, killing its pilot. According to 1st Lt. Lacey Roberts, public information officer with the 162nd Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard, an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Fort Thomas at about 3 p.m. The crash was in the vicinity of Blackrock Road, near the shooting range. “The pilot was doing a routine training mission in that area,” Roberts told Eastern Arizona Courier. Cause of the crash has not yet been released. An interim safety investigation board has...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • 9 men thrown off Ryanair flight for shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’

    09/04/2017 9:26:25 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 2 Sep, 2017 15:52 Edited time: 3 Sep, 2017 10:08 | RT
    Nine men have been thrown off a Ryanair flight for allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” and claiming to carry bombs, which they later said was a “joke.” The group was removed from the Madrid-bound flight before it took off from Zaventem Airport, Brussels early Saturday. The airport was targeted by suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks on March 22, 2016, in which 32 people were killed and over 300 injured Following the disruptive passengers’ removal, the Boeing 737-800 was briefly evacuated and searched before departing with a two-hour delay around 9:15am local time. Spokesperson for the Belgian federal police, Peter De...
  • Russia claims new Mach 4+ MiG-41 Interceptor will be able to operate in space

    08/30/2017 6:31:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 34 replies
    UK Defense Journal ^ | 8/30/17 | George Allison
    Russia are claiming their new MiG-41 will be able to reach space and even potentially operate without a pilot, according to the CEO of the MiG corporation working on the project. The new fighter will, the company say, be a spiritual successor of MiG-31, MiG Corporation CEO Ilya Tarasenko stated, shedding some light on the interceptor under development. “The development is at the stage of finalizing the image of the plane. It will be a gradual transition from MiG-31 to PAK DA” Tarasenko said in an interview on Russian TV. The jet, he said, will not be just a modernisation...
  • Nonstop to Hawaii By Air and Sea (Incredible 1925 U.S. Naval Aviation Story)

    08/28/2017 8:24:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 8 replies | March 9, 2017 | JOHN J. GEOGHEGAN
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  • Expanding In Alabama: UTC Aerospace Adding 260 Jobs & Advanced Capabilities At Nacelle Facility

    08/24/2017 4:22:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Markets Insider ^ | August 24, 2017
    In response to rising customer demand for its nacelle systems, UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today unveiled a new 80,000-square foot manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility at its award-winning Foley, Alabama campus. The company expects to add up to 260 new jobs at the site, ultimately increasing its Foley workforce to more than 1,000 employees. The campus is part of UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business unit, which maintains a global footprint of nacelle design, original equipment manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sites. Expected to be fully operational by year's end, the new...
  • Elon Musk reveals first official photo of SpaceX space suit

    08/24/2017 10:20:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The Verge ^ | August 23, 2017 | Thuy Ong
    Elon Musk has posted the official first photo of his SpaceX space suit on Instagram, teasing that more details will come in a few days. Musk says the suit actually works, and was tested to double vacuum pressure. The suit itself is very white and very spacey, and Musk acknowledges that it was “incredibly hard” to balance the suit’s look and its function.
  • Anti-fascist protesters want Balbo monument in Chicago removed

    08/24/2017 7:20:02 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 24, 2017 | Toney Briscoe
    Anti-fascist protesters want Balbo monument in Chicago removed Tony Briscoe August 24, 2017 Anti-fascist protesters in Chicago are now demanding a monument gifted by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini be taken down. About 50 protesters, some of whom traveled from Rockford and Indiana, gathered around the Balbo monument in Burnham Park, where they railed against city officials for allowing a greenish breccia column to stand as a tribute to a fascist regime. The monument is an ancient Roman pillar seated atop a large stone base that reads, in part: "Fascist Italy with the sponsorship of Benito Mussolini presents to Chicago" this...
  • The F-22 Raptor's Replacement Is Starting to Take Shape

    08/23/2017 5:06:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 23, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is finalizing technology requirements for a new fighter jet to enter service sometime in the 2030s. Known as "Penetrating Counter Air," the new fighter will replace the F-22 Raptor and maintain American air superiority in future conflicts. The sixth-generation fighter will incorporate a number of new technologies that for now exist only on the drawing board.
  • UK F-35B - on final approach to QEC

    08/21/2017 6:26:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Royal Aeronautical Society ^ | 18 August 2017 | TIM ROBINSON
    The countdown is now on for the return of UK Carrier Strike. TIM ROBINSON reports from BAE Systems Warton on the behind the scenes activity to make the Lockheed Martin F-35B ready for the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth class. In just over a year's time, one lucky UK test pilot is set to perform a historic flight - the first landing of a new fighter aircraft on a brand-new aircraft carrier - a double first that is a major milestone. "This is the SuperBowl of flight test - a once in a lifetime opportunity," enthuses RAF F-35B test pilot...
  • What you don’t want to see when you look out the window of your plane — air force fighter jets

    08/20/2017 6:17:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies ^ | AUGUST 20, 2017
    THE last thing you want to see when you look out the window of your plane is an air force fighter jet on your tail. But that’s exactly what terrified passengers on board a flight from Spain to Britain spotted overnight, sparking panic on board the budget airline. Jet2 flight 1204, a Boeing 737-800, was part-way through its journey from the tourist hotspot of Malaga to Birmingham when it passed through French air space. That’s when two Mirage 2000 fighter jets suddenly appeared and shadowed the aircraft for more than 15 minutes, AirLive reported. Passengers on board the Jet2 flight...
  • 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...