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  • Multiple People Breach TSA Checkpoint Without Screening at JFK: Report

    02/20/2017 12:31:12 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 21 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | February 20, 2017 | Breaking 911
    NEW YORK — Nearly a dozen people bypassed security at John F. Kennedy international airport Monday morning. According to the New York Daily News, eleven people walked through the unattended area left unguarded by the TSA.
  • Feds: Nine planes violated President Trump’s airspace over the weekend

    02/20/2017 10:59:39 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 39 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | February 20 | Eliot Kleinberg
    WEST PALM BEACH — At least nine planes violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday morning for President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least two of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military jets, federal officials confirmed this morning to The Palm Beach Post. Eight of those crossed the line on Friday alone, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
  • Power Company Sends Fire-Spewing Drone to Burn Trash Off High-Voltage Wires (with great pictures)

    02/17/2017 7:16:08 PM PST · by Strac6 · 22 replies
    What happens when your power lines get all kinds of trash hanging from them and it’s not safe to send up a human? In Xiangyang, China, you send in the drones. pecifically, the drones that shoot fire. Just in case you were worried that the robot uprising was delayed, fear no more. It appears to be right on time, as these fire-spewing drones are sent to burn off trash that gets stuck on high-voltage wires. The drones are being used by an electric power maintenance company in China to get rid of plastic bags and other debris that get caught...
  • Trump Eyes ‘Big Order’ of New F/A-18XT Super Hornets

    02/17/2017 7:20:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 | ORIANA PAWLYK
    The F/A-18XT is the designation for the Advanced Super Hornet, which is the Block III fighter jet concept for the Navy. (Photo courtesy Boeing) President Donald Trump on Friday announced he’s considering a “big order” of advanced Super Hornet fighter jets designated F/A-18XT and made by Boeing Co. “We are looking seriously at a big order,” he told the audience at Boeing’s South Carolina facility during the unveiling of the company’s 787 Dreamliner. “Do you care if we use the F-18 Super Hornets?” The comments came less than a month after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered a review of the...
  • NORAD Fighters Cause 'Sonic Boom' En Route to Intercept Unresponsive General Aviation Aircraft

    02/17/2017 8:56:48 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 49 replies
    A pair of Air Force F-15s, under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted an unresponsive general aviation aircraft near the Palm Beach, Fla., area at approximately 7 p.m. EST. The intercept required the Air Force F-15s from Homestead Air National Guard Base to travel at supersonic speeds, a sound noticed by area residents, to get to the general aviation aircraft where they were able to establish communications. The intent of military intercepts is to have the identified aircraft re-establish communications with local FAA air traffic controllers and instruct the pilot to follow air traffic controllers’ instructions to...
  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

    04/25/2015 6:14:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    space.com ^ | Mike Wall,
    "The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) are investigating an experimental propulsion system on the X-37B on Mission 4," Capt. Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesman, told Space.com via email. "AFRCO will also host a number of advance materials onboard the X-37B for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the durability of various materials in the space environment," Hoyler added ... The Air Force owns two X-37B space planes, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. The solar-powered spacecraft are about...
  • HARRISON FORD 'COMPLETELY MISJUDGED RUNWAY' Last Second Save on Taxiway

    02/16/2017 8:14:33 AM PST · by RummyChick · 64 replies
    tmz ^ | 2/16/17 | tmz
    This is a photo of Harrison Ford landing on the taxiway Monday at John Wayne Airport ... and the person who took the pic says the actor was totally out of position seconds before he touched down. The man who shot the photo had just arrived on a commercial flight and was looking out the terminal window waiting for a friend, when he saw Ford's plane coming in for a landing. He tells TMZ Ford had "completely misjudged the runway" and was not in position to land. The man grabbed his phone to snap a pic, thinking the pilot might...
  • Harrison Ford landing mishap at John Wayne Airport investigated by FAA

    02/14/2017 2:55:46 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 96 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | February 14, 2017
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Actor Harrison Ford was involved in an aviation incident at John Wayne Airport in which he flew over a passenger airliner and landed in the wrong location. The actor was cleared to land on a runway at John Wayne and correctly read back the instructions. Instead, his single-engine Aviat Husky landed on a taxiway that sits parallel to the runway and flew above a Boeing 737 on the ground. The American Airlines 737, with 110 passengers and six crew onboard, was bound for Dallas-Ft. Worth as it sat at the intersection of two taxiways. The passenger...
  • Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with the Aviation Industry

    02/10/2017 2:38:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    SAT Press Releases ^ | February 10, 2017
    State Dining Room 9:47 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for being here. Nothing like having meetings in the White House. Good place. Good place for meetings. Good place for a lot of things. People don’t realize I inherited a mess. A big mess. I think they know. I think they understand. Well, thank you all. I know so many of you through reading and through business magazines, and you’ve done an amazing job. And I want to congratulate you. I know you’re under pressure from a lot of foreign elements and foreign carriers. I’ve been hearing that a little...
  • RAF escorts Pakistan plane to Stansted

    02/07/2017 7:54:32 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2017
    RAF jets escort Pakistan International Airlines plane to Stansted Airport This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.
  • Swiss Air flight makes emergency landing with one engine in Iqaluit (Canada)

    02/05/2017 8:14:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    CBC News ^ | February 1, 2017
    A Swiss International Air Lines flight made an unexpected landing in Iqaluit Wednesday due to a technical problem. The Boeing 777, carrying 216 passengers and 17 crew members, was en route to Los Angeles from Zurich.
  • Lockheed Lowers Price on F-35 Fighters, After Prodding by Trump

    02/04/2017 5:49:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2017 | CHRISTOPHER DREW
    After weeks of pressure from President Trump, Lockheed Martin agreed on Friday to a somewhat larger price cut on its F-35 fighters than it had on the last few orders, and finally brought the cost of the main version below $100 million for each jet. The Pentagon will buy 90 of the radar-evading planes under the new contract for $8.2 billion. The F-35 is by far the Pentagon’s largest program; it has plans to eventually build more than 2,400 of them for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and hundreds more for allies. Mr. Trump began to criticize the much-delayed...
  • BORDER PATROL BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS FLYING SECURITY OVER NRG

    02/02/2017 2:50:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    ABC13 ^ | 2/3
    You may see helicopters and military aircraft flying across the Houston sky, but don't be alarmed, it's all a part of the security for Super Bowl LI. Today, Blackhawk helicopters were seen circling NRG stadium. SkyEye caught up with the choppers as they were patrolling the area. The Blackhawks are with Customs Border Patrol, which will have eight aircraft performing security operations in the Houston area. They are just one of several federal agencies working with Homeland Security to make sure Super Bowl LI is a safe event.
  • Irate woman expelled from plane after berating trump supporter

    01/22/2017 7:49:53 PM PST · by drSteve78 · 35 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | JAN 22, 2017 | KYE OLSON
    An elderly woman demanded a Donald Trump supporter seated next to her be moved, but she quickly found out that’s not how the world works. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/video-passengers-cheer-woman-berating-trump-supporter-kicked-off-plane/
  • UNITED AIRLINES ISSUES GROUND STOP FOR ALL US FLIGHTS DUE TO IT ISSUE

    01/22/2017 6:02:34 PM PST · by freedumb2003 · 34 replies
    United Airlines has issued a ground stop for all domestic mainline flights due to an IT problem, the airline tweeted Sunday afternoon. United spokesperson Maddie King issued a statement saying crews were working to fix the issue. "We have issued a ground stop for all domestic mainline flights due to an IT issue. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve this issue and get out customers to their final destinations. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers." DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.
  • Passengers cheer as woman berating Trump supporter is kicked off plane

    01/22/2017 5:54:24 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 51 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | JANUARY 22, 2017 | BY KYLE OLSON
    An elderly woman demanded a Donald Trump supporter seated next to her be moved, but she quickly found out that’s not how the world works.
  • VIDEO: Passengers cheer as woman berating Trump supporter is thrown off airplane.

    01/22/2017 2:14:45 PM PST · by Strac6 · 35 replies
    An elderly woman demanded a Donald Trump supporter seated next to her be moved, but she quickly found out that’s not how the world works. Scott Kotesky, in a window seat, posted video on Saturday showing a woman in the middle seat complaining about him to airline personnel. According to Kotesky: Just had the craziest experience ever on an airplane: I’m boarding my flight from Baltimore to Seattle and approach my seat. I had an upgraded seat that I paid a little extra for because of the long 6 hour flight. As I approach my row I smile and motion...
  • WATCH: MIserable Liberal Harasses Trump Supporter on Plane, Immediately Regrets It

    01/22/2017 2:19:12 PM PST · by usafa92 · 135 replies
    Milo Yiannopolous ^ | 1/22/2017 | Milo Yiannopolous
    A woman that is unabashedly against President Trump, harassed a man on a plane for attending the inauguration to celebrate and not to protest. She then gets some bad news from the flight staff.
  • DONALD TRUMP JETS & CHOPPERS IN LIMBO

    01/17/2017 8:23:40 AM PST · by RummyChick · 92 replies
    tmz ^ | 1/17 | tmz
    Donald Trump has a problem on his hands ... what to do with 2 private jets and 3 helicopters. Our Trump sources say the fate of Trump's 757, Citation X and 3 choppers are in limbo. He can't sell them because if he does it will look like he's profiting off the presidency. Likewise, he can't charter them out because it will open the door to criticism that he's getting a POTUS premium. Trump, we're told, will not let the kids use the planes ... they fly commercial and if they choose private it's on their own dime. And putting...
  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 10:22:27 AM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    BI ^ | 1-11-2017 | Alex Lockie
    Alex LockieJanuary 11, 2017 USAF In another positive sign for the beloved A-10, Air Force maintainers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona have outfitted the Warthog with an upgrade for combat search and rescue missions (CSAR). Dubbed the lightweight airborne recovery system, the upgrade helps A-10 pilots "communicate more effectively with individuals on the ground such as downed pilots, pararescuemen and joint terminal attack controllers," according to an Air Force statement. Of all the fixed-wing aircraft in the US Air Force's inventory, no plane carries out CSAR missions like the A-10. CSAR missions jump off with little warning and...
  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 6:41:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 52 replies
    In another positive sign for the beloved A-10, Air Force maintainers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona have outfitted the Warthog with an upgrade for combat search and rescue missions (CSAR). Dubbed the lightweight airborne recovery system, the upgrade helps A-10 pilots "communicate more effectively with individuals on the ground such as downed pilots, pararescuemen and joint terminal attack controllers," according to an Air Force statement. Of all the fixed-wing aircraft in the US Air Force's inventory, no plane carries out CSAR missions like the A-10. CSAR missions jump off with little warning and often involve going deep into...
  • 2017 – The Year Of The Drone

    01/02/2017 8:19:24 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-01-2017 | Michael
    Drones are being seriously considered for use in a number of important applications from military functions, like bomb disposal, to energy applications, like remote pipeline monitoring and inspection. But as the Federal government works to finalize rules on the use of drones in commercial applications, the drones are increasingly finding their way into more and more unusual settings – like the delivery of slurpees. Convenience store operator, 7-Eleven is an unlikely participant in drone delivery operating at the bleeding edge of the space. The company has partnered with drone delivery service Flirtey and in November, the two companies completed 77...
  • 6 missing after small plane loses contact over Lake Erie

    12/30/2016 6:06:50 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | December 30, 2016 | AnneClaire Stapleton
    (CNN) — The US Coast Guard was searching Lake Erie Friday for a small plane carrying six people who had attended a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game before flying out of the city late Thursday. Three adults and three children were on board the aircraft, CNN affiliate WEWS reported. Their identities were not immediately known.
  • SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Trolls Arrogant Fighter Pilot with Ground Speed Check.

    12/28/2016 8:20:44 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 144 replies
    Tribunist ^ | July 15, 2016 | Tribunist Staff
    This may be the single greatest aviation story ever told, it’s about the iconic SR-71 Blackbird whose full operating specs are still classified to this day. The story, from the now out-of-print book Sled Driver by former SR-71 jockey Brian Shul (available used on Amazon for just $700). Here’s the ultimate aviation troll: There were a lot of things we couldn’t do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun...
  • Why America's Marines are Turning Their MV-22 Ospreys Into Assault Gunships

    12/23/2016 5:50:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 80 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Dec 22, 2015 | Kris Osborn
    The U.S. Marine Corps is progressing with a new project to arm its MV-22 Osprey aircraft with new weapons such as laser-guided 2.75in rockets, missiles and heavy guns - a move which would expand the tiltrotor's mission set beyond supply, weapons and forces transport to include a wider range of offensive and defensive combat missions, Corps officials said. "Currently, NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center) Dahlgren explored the use of forward firing rockets, missiles, fixed guns, a chin mounted gun, and also looked at the use of a 30MM gun along with gravity drop rockets and guided bombs deployed from the...
  • Iran says will only pay half price for new Boeing planes

    12/25/2016 11:11:07 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2016 | Staff
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting the deputy transport minister as saying that his county will only pay half of the announced price for 80 new Boeing planes, given the reductions in its purchasing options. According to the Sunday report, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan says that despite an initial $16.8 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, "Regarding the style of our order and its options, the purchase contract for 80 Boeing aircraft is worth about 50 percent of the amount." He did not elaborate. Boeing has made no immediate comment. Iran announced earlier...
  • Trump says because of high cost of F-35 has asked Boeing to price out 'comparable F-18'

    12/22/2016 3:34:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 22, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday that because of the high cost of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter, he had asked Boeing Co to offer a price for a "comparable F-18 Super Hornet." "Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!," Trump wrote on Twitter....
  • Now Trump hints at cancelling the F-35 ... (trunc)

    12/22/2016 4:07:34 PM PST · by libstripper · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 22, 2017 | Goeff Earle
    President-elect Donald Trump took his air war with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to another level Thursday with a tweet threatening the future of the costly F-35 aircraft.
  • Mysterious Military Flyover Above Manhattan Was A Trump "Emergency Relocation Drill"

    12/21/2016 7:26:01 PM PST · by blam · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-21-2016 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenDecember 21, 2016 One week ago, New Yorkers were captivated, and unnerved, by a 40-minute long military exercise in which one USAF C-130 and several HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters could be seen circling at very low altitudes above Manhattan. While the US military kept silent about the overflight, U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Broccoli, the vice commander of the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, said the aircraft were conducting "standard military training." However, one look at the flight pattern of the plane shows there was seemingly little that was "standard" about a C-130(snip)Today we learn that the overflights...
  • Donald Trump Meets With Boeing, Lockheed CEOs (working for the American people holiday)

    12/21/2016 2:30:39 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | December 21, 2016 | DOUG CAMERON and Biography @dougcameron Doug.Cameron@dowjones.com DAMIAN PALETTA
    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg leaves after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. PHOTO: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS President-elect Donald Trump met on Wednesday with the chief executives of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s two largest defense contractors, two weeks after he started publicly berating the cost of some of their military projects.The meetings with Boeing’s Dennis Muilenburg and Lockheed’s Marillyn Hewson were held at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., where Mr. Trump is staying for the Christmas holiday.Mr. Muilenburg previously spoke to Mr. Trump via telephone on Dec. 6, shortly...
  • Rare footage provides interesting details about the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by UAE

    12/20/2016 6:27:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 19, 2016 | David Cenciotti
    Filmed from aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, the video below shows United Arab Emirates F-16 Block 60+ Desert Falcons refueling during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition’s air war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, on Dec. 16, 2016. The clip includes some rare close-up footage that provides interesting details about the payload of the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by the UAE Air Force in the anti-Daesh campaign. There appear to be two configurations (both featuring CFTs, Sniper targeting pod and two drops tanks): the first one, includes...
  • Boeing’s T-X Jet Trainer Takes to the Air as New Contender Emerges

    12/20/2016 6:24:26 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | Dec 20, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Just three months after the Boeing-Saab consortium unveiled their candidate for the USAF’s T-X program, the clean-sheet design has taken to the skies for the first time. The sleek GE-F404 powered jet took to the skies over St. Louis on a 55 minute test flight with veteran test pilot Steve 'Bull' Schmidt at its controls. Boeing says the flight went as planned and “validated key aspects of the single-engine jet and demonstrated the performance of the low-risk design.” This inaugural sortie came just days after it was discovered that Northrop Grumman had quietly been flying their Model 400 T-X contender...
  • Controller error sends jet from LAX into flight path of other plane

    12/20/2016 6:36:34 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    KABC ^ | December 20, 2016 | Rob Hayes
    ALTADENA, CA -- An air traffic controller error sent a jet from LAX into the flight path of another plane and flying low over the mountains above the San Gabriel Valley... an EVA Air Boeing 777 that left LAX around 1:20 a.m. heading to Taipei was given an incorrect instruction by a controller based in San Diego to turn left instead of right. That sent the airliner toward the mountains above Altadena, as well as toward the flight path of an Air Canada plane that had just taken off. Audio traffic indicates the same controller realizing the problem and telling...
  • FAA Sued For Reverse Discrimination (from 12/30/15)

    10/02/2016 6:36:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/30/2015 | Evan Gahr
    consider all the times whites are passed over for jobs because of this country’s diversity fetish. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Obama Transportation Department today were smacked with a class action race discrimination lawsuit for systematically purging highly qualified air traffic controller candidates from consideration in order to increase diversity. Mountain States Legal Foundation president William Perry Pendley, whose group filed the lawsuit, said in a statement that, “In abandoning years of hiring the most qualified and adopting a ‘test’ that is the epitome of psychobabble, the FAA told our clients their skills are less important than their race...
  • Police: Air traffic controller was sleeping while pilots' calls went unanswered [ BOISE]

    12/20/2016 6:18:22 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    KTVB ^ | December 18, 2016 | Katie Terhune
    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why pilots trying to land at the Boise Airport were met with silence from air traffic controllers during the early hours of Nov. 19. Boise Police officers and paramedics were called out to the air traffic control tower at 2:41 a.m. for a welfare check after learning that pilots and airport officials had been unable to reach the tower operators, despite trying multiple radio frequencies, telephone and the emergency "red phone." The first officers on scene wrote in a report that after reaching a locked gate, they used a spotlight to flash the tower...
  • Jumbo Jet’s Low Turn On Wrong Course Startles Neighborhood

    12/20/2016 5:35:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/19/2016
    he EVA Airways Boeing 777 bound for Taipei, Taiwan, flew north instead of south after departing from LAX early Friday morning, according to the FAA’s Ian Gregor. “At the time, aircraft were departing from LAX to the east,” Gregor said, adding that the EVA flight departed from the airport’s south runway complex. The 777’s flight crew switched from the LAX control tower to the approach control in San Diego right after takeoff, Gregor said. “The air-traffic controller at the approach control who was handling EVA instructed the pilot to make a left turn to a 180-degree heading,” Gregor said. “She...
  • WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY – December 17

    12/17/2016 9:27:36 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 20 replies
    Wright Brothers Day is an annual United States national observation. It is codified in the US Code and Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers were American brothers, inventors and aviation pioneers. Orville Wright ( August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948 ) Wilbur Wright ( April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912 ) The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963, as amended (77 Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C....
  • EgyptAir crash: Explosives found on victims, say investigators

    12/15/2016 7:22:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | December 15, 2016
    Traces of explosives have been found on victims of the EgyptAir plane crash over the Mediterranean in May, investigators say. A criminal investigation would now begin into the crash of the Airbus A320, Egypt's civil aviation ministry said in a statement. Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the sea on 19 May killing all 66 people on board.
  • 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...
  • Hot-air balloon pilot who crashed into power lines and killed all 15 passengers was high...

    12/09/2016 11:09:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 9 December 2016 | Liam Quinn For
    Nichols suffered multiple medical problems including type II diabetes, depression and chronic pain from fibromyalgia. Some of those conditions should have prohibited him from operating an aircraft. As part of his treatment, he was taking 13 prescription medicines, many of which are also prohibited for pilots at the controls. A toxicology test performed on his body found seven different drugs in his blood and urine that were prohibited by the FAA, including oxycodone and the sedative diazepam, also known as Valium. Such drugs can impair brain function and motor controls, according to the NTSB documents. He had also been convicted...
  • Is it Game Over for Pan Am Pilots?

    12/09/2016 9:42:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 9, 2016 | Leesa K. Donner
    In just two weeks, it will be twenty-eight years since Pan Am Flight 103 exploded at 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, Scotland – killing all 259 passengers as well as eleven citizens on the ground. And in a little less than one week, on December 14th, the “living wounded” of Pan Am Flight 103 will finally get their day in court. Sixteen days before this tragic act of terrorism, which included the murder of thirty-five Syracuse University students aboard, the U.S Embassy in Finland had been tipped off that a bomb was set to be placed on a plane out of...
  • Why Is Sweden Destroying 96 Powerful Fighter Jets That Could Deter Russia?

    12/07/2016 9:30:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 7, 2016 | Elisabeth Braw
    Last year the Swedish defense company SAAB made its final delivery of 96 Gripen planes ordered by the Swedish government. Now, despite having thousands of flying hours and many years left, the fighter jets are destined for the scrapheap. The Swedish government is buying even newer Gripen planes. Gripen C/D is an advanced fighter jet with attack and surveillance capabilities, which unlike its Gripen predecessors is also compatible with NATO standards and thus more easily exportable. SAAB has sold or leased the plane not only to the Swedish government but to South Africa, Hungary, Thailand, the Czech Republic and even...
  • Trump says cancel new Air Force One: Costs 'out of control'

    12/06/2016 6:48:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:36 AM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe. The government has contracted with Boeing to build two or more new planes, which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump wouldn’t fly on the new planes unless he pursued and won a second term. But the Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the current planes are becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape. The contract for...
  • Trump Tweets: Stop building my new Air Force One; Costs are Out of Control

    12/06/2016 7:22:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Is this the Art of the Deal coming into play, or a stand against gouging by defense contractors? Despite insisting on the latest in luxury as a private citizen, Donald Trump seems to be saying no to a new fleet of presidential aircraft. He tweeted earlier today that the contract for replacing Air Force One should be canceled due to spiraling costs: Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016 Over the past few months,...
  • SAAB's Viggen Could Stick a Landing and Takeoff Again Like No Other Fighter

    11/29/2016 11:40:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Sweden has built some fascinating aircraft over the years, but the SAAB 37 Viggen has to be one of the most interesting. The jet was unique—its delta-canard configuration was cutting-edge, and its ability to operate in austere conditions made it quite independent compared to most other western fighters of the era. The Saab's unique engine choice not only resulted in its stout appearance, and also gave it unique performance characteristics—especially when it came to short field operations. In the early 1960s while turbojets still filled the sky SAAB designers pursued a turbofan engine for their new multi-role fighter-attack-reconnaissance-interceptor. The type...
  • Israel to expand fleet of next-generation F-35 fighter jets

    11/28/2016 12:42:17 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | November 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announces that the Security Cabinet has approved the purchase of 17 additional F-35 fighter jets; in total, the acquisition will reportedly bring the number of planes in the Israeli Air Force to 50.
  • U2 'Dragonlady' pilots spy on ISIS from the edge of space

    11/25/2016 11:10:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | November 25, 2016 | By Fred Pleitgen
    In the Middle East (CNN)Getting dressed for a combat mission in a U2 "Dragonlady" reconnaissance plane looks almost like the preparations for a space flight, the pilot in a yellow compression suit wearing a massive white helmet. The suits need to be cooled the entire time, otherwise the pilots would die of heat exhaustion in a matter of minutes, but they are necessary to protect the crew members as they fly surveillance missions over Iraq and Syria at more than 70,000 feet scoping out ISIS targets. The US Air Force gave CNN rare access to U2 crews flying out of...
  • Brussels Airlines Flight Delayed After 41 Unruly Passengers Removed

    11/23/2016 9:35:19 AM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | 21 November 2016 | Donald Wood
    On Saturday, 41 unruly and aggressive passengers were removed from a plane as it prepared to take off for a flight from Belgium to Spain. According to ABCNews.com, Brussels Airlines Flight SN3771 was preparing to take off from Brussels Airport en route to Alicante, Spain, when many of the passengers—including several reportedly intoxicated people—began causing disruptions for crew members. The captain of the flight reportedly told the 136 passengers onboard that misbehaving would result in them being removed from the plane, but the rowdy crowd who were all part of the same group did not listen. While taxiing along the...
  • World's shortest international flight of 8 minutes takes off

    11/19/2016 11:10:32 PM PST · by aquila48 · 18 replies
    The Local ^ | 02 Nov 2016
    The world's shortest international flight of just eight minutes took off on Wednesday, bringing travelers across the border from Switzerland to Germany on an Austrian airline. The Austrian People’s Air Group started up its new flight connection from St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Switzerland to Friedrichshafen over Lake Constance at 6:30am on Wednesday. Travelling just 20 kilometres, the journey is over in what may feel like a blink of an eye, or eight minutes to be exact. The airline will travel the route each way twice a day. A one-way ticket between the two stops costs €40. Alternatively, travelers could also drive the...
  • Mystery flight circles over Denver; officials have few answers

    11/16/2016 7:18:02 PM PST · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    DENVER -- Thousands saw a plane circling the Denver metro area late Wednesday morning, questioning where it may have come from and what it may be doing. Officials at a host of federal organizations had few answers. Denver7 began tracking a flight named IRON99 as it traversed from California over the pacific. It traveled over the Rocky Mountains and eventually over the Denver metro area. Its arrival over the Denver metro is what prompted questions from a host of locals who saw it circling, questioning what it might have been doing. Visually, the plane circled in a racetrack-style oval shape...