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  • Need clarification on rules for flying quadrocopter drones that weigh less than 250 grams

    06/18/2022 6:21:25 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies ^ | June 18, 2022 | E. Pluribus Unum
    I just ordered a Holy Stone HS175D GPS quadrocopter that weighs 215 grams. I chose one under 250 grams because there are less stringent regulations. The regulations are extremely confusing because they intermingle commercial and recreational and sub-250 gram information so you're not sure what applies where. All I want to do is fly it over my house so I can check the roof and look out over the woods behind my house. I have compiled a checklist of what I need to do to fly it legally. Take The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).Register the drone with the...
  • World's largest plane soars to its highest altitude yet

    06/17/2022 8:47:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | 16 June, 2022 | By Nick Lavars
    The Stratolaunch Roc plane in action during testing - Stratolaunch The world's largest flying aircraft has reached new heights, with Stratolaunch today completing the seventh test flight of its gigantic Roc carrier plane and logging a record altitude for the huge aircraft in the process. The exercise was also used to test the in-flight performance of recently installed pylon hardware, which will launch smaller hypersonic aircraft from altitude and send them across the skies at speeds of over Mach 5. California's Stratolaunch originally designed Roc to carry rockets and satellites into the stratosphere from where they would then be...
  • FAA says future planes will need to reduce carbon emissions

    06/15/2022 1:07:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2022
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration proposed Wednesday that future planes produce lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions before they can be certified by federal regulators. The Federal Aviation Administration proposal would increase fuel-efficiency standards for jets and large turboprop and propeller-driven planes that it has not yet certified, and for planes built after Jan. 1, 2028. The FAA will develop means to determine the relationship between fuel efficiency and reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. The FAA said the rule would bring the United States in line with carbon dioxide emission standards set by the United Nation’s aviation organization. Planes...
  • Navy helicopter crashes in Imperial County desert; all 4 aboard survive, Navy says

    06/09/2022 9:13:20 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 8 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | JUNE 9, 2022 | ANDREW DYER, TERI FIGUEROA
    A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed during a training mission in the Imperial County desert north of Yuma Thursday afternoon, the second military aircraft to go down in the area in two days, the Navy said. All four crew members on board survived the crash, although one sustained injuries not considered life-threatening and was taken to a hospital, according to Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a spokesperson for the San Diego-based Naval Air Forces command. The MH-60S Seahawk helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3, based at Naval Air Station North Island, Harrell said. The crash was reported around 5 p.m....
  • Mystery Plane Puts East Europe Air Forces On Alert

    06/09/2022 9:35:22 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 14 replies
    Barrons ^ | June 9, 2022
    A two-seater plane whizzed through half a dozen eastern European countries without permission, alerting air forces, before being abandoned in Bulgaria by a mysterious crew, the defence ministry in Sofia said Thursday. The aircraft flew over Hungary, crossed briefly into Serbia and then Romania before entering Bulgarian airspace at 7:09 pm local time (1609 GMT) on Wednesday, the Bulgarian defence ministry said in a statement. The twin-engine Beechcraft with two people onboard had no approved flight plan and its transponders were turned off. The pilot did not respond to radio requests and visual signals, the Romanian defence ministry said. Two...
  • Tom Cruise terrifies James Corden in ‘Top Gun’ fighter jet

    05/26/2022 7:49:09 PM PDT · by Callahan · 23 replies
    [See link for YouTube video] Description: Tom Cruise pilots a nervous Jame Corden in a vintage P-51 Mustang and an Aero L-39 fighter jet trainer, performing various aerial maneuvers, to promote the new Top Gun movie.
  • Chinese plane crash that killed 132 people in March ‘was caused intentionally by someone in the cockpit’, data from the black boxes suggests

    05/17/2022 12:30:27 PM PDT · by DFG · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/17/2022 | CHARLOTTE MCLAUGHLIN
    Flight data from a black box recovered from a Chinese plane crash earlier this year indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet, it's been reported. The China Eastern Boeing 737-800 went into a sudden nosedive, appeared to briefly recover, and then slammed into the ground in the mountainous Guangxi area on March 21. Today, the Wall Street Journal cited U.S. officials' preliminary assessment - who analysed both black boxes at a government lab in Washington, DC - which they say puts the finger at a person inside the most secure area of a plane. The crew is being...
  • Incredible Story — Passenger lands Cessna after pilot falls unconscious…

    05/11/2022 8:27:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies ^ | Posted by Kane on May 11, 2022 10:33 am
    VIDEO AT LINK........................ A passenger with no flying experience safely landed a light aircraft at an airport in Florida after his pilot fell unconscious, in what has been described as “nothing short of a miracle.” Remarkable audio from the cockpit showed the man telling air traffic control: “I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent and I have no idea how to fly the airplane.” The man, who has not been identified, was a passenger on a Cessna 208 Caravan and was flying home to Florida from the Bahamas to see his pregnant wife. However, just off...
  • Love and War: Jimmy Stewart and Strategic Air Command

    05/08/2022 9:36:35 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 63 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 6 May 2022 | Rick McGinnis
    The five year gap in Jimmy Stewart's filmography between 1942 and 1946 was the most vivid and important period in his life, if you believe what the famously reticent and reserved movie star would say later. He spent it in uniform with the U.S. Army Air Force, much of it flying B-24 bombers with the Eighth Air Force over Europe. Interviewed by writer Jonathan Coe for the biography Jimmy Stewart: A Wonderful Life, the actor was asked to compare it to his career as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood for nearly half a century. Was it greater than...
  • The story behind the large concrete arrows scattered across Utah

    05/08/2022 4:56:22 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 21, 2018 | Devon Dewey
    In the 1920s, the U.S. government built hundreds of large, concrete arrows across the country. The purpose of the arrows was to provide guidance at night for pilots who were pioneering the country's airmail system. This aerial pathway eventually ran from New York all the way to San Francisco.
  • We're not going to make it!' Terrified pilot radios control tower before small aircraft smashes into Houston garden and bursts into flames - but all four on board escape uninjured

    05/06/2022 3:14:40 PM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | ALYSSA GUZMAN
    Four passengers escaped a small plane that crashed into a backyard and burst into flames in Texas after having 'engine' problems.The aircraft - a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle - took off from the Hobby Airport around 2.15pm on Friday.
  • Red Bull DOESN'T give you wings! Groundbreaking mid-air plane SWAP sponsored by energy drink fails after aircraft nosedives and crashes - but neither pilot is injured

    04/25/2022 5:48:44 PM PDT · by Trillian · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 April 2022 | Gina Martinez
    A never-before-attempted aerial stunt which saw two cousins attempt to swap planes via skydive in mid-air ended in failure after one of the aircraft nosedived out of control and crashed. Sunday's stunt over the Arizona desert involved Luke Aikins, 48, and Andy Farrington, 39, leap out of Red Bull sponsored single-engined Cesnas, then attempt to freefall into the other's plane. The stunt began well, with both men leaping out while their aircraft flew in a pre-prepared formation. But moments later, Farrington's planes began to spiral, and nosedived to the ground. Thankfully, neither man was injured. Aikins - whose plane crashed...
  • B-1 Bomber Catches Fire on Flight Line at Dyess

    04/22/2022 7:30:34 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 37 replies
    Air Force Maganzine ^ | 21 Apr 2022 | Greg Hadley
    A B-1B bomber caught fire on the flight line at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on April 20, the base announced. The fire started around 10 p.m. during “routine engine maintenance” while the B-1 Lancer was parked, according to a Dyess press release. Two individuals were injured during the fire and transported to a local medical facility with “non-life-threatening injuries,” according to the release. They were later released. A Dyess Air Force Base public affairs official told Air Force Magazine that the cause of the fire and whether the aircraft can be salvaged are still being investigated. Information on the...
  • Mexican Cartels Fly 9,000 Drone Flights into U.S. to Surveil Law Enforcement Operations

    04/14/2022 6:04:11 PM PDT · by bitt · 39 replies
    judicialwatch ^ | 4/12/2022 | judicialwatch
    Mexican drug cartels have conducted more than 9,000 drone flights into U.S. airspace in the last year to surveil American law enforcement and security operations in the southern border region, a senior Homeland Security official told Judicial Watch this week. The drones are observing federal, state, county, and city agencies near the Mexican border, including the U.S. Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas National Guard, county sheriffs and local police. The Border Patrol, which operates under Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has captured about a dozen of the drones, and accessed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAVs) guidance and...
  • Photos: Cargo jet splits in half after skidding off runaway in Costa Rica

    04/08/2022 12:28:42 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 62 replies
    Fox8 ^ | 8 April 2022
    A DHL cargo jet broke in half after sliding off the runway while landing at San Jose’s international airport. The fire department says the Boeing 757 had taken off from Juan Santamaría Airport just west of the capital but decided to return after detecting a failure in the hydraulic system. Officials say that upon landing the aircraft skidded, turned and broke in two, exposing its cargo.
  • Boeing Blunder Hampers Air Force One Production

    04/08/2022 9:57:06 AM PDT · by Rio · 33 replies ^ | 4/5/2022 | Andy Szal & Eric Sorensen
    The Wall Street Journal reports that one of Boeing’s two next-generation Air Force Ones could have been damaged when workers attempted to shift the under-construction jet onto jacks. The weight on the jacks was reportedly well in excess of what they were designed to hold, and officials were reportedly concerned that the aircraft could have been damaged. The Air Force did not find any damage, but its investigation instead determined that Boeing crews didn’t follow established procedure and that one employee wasn’t properly credentialed to supervise the work. Another later failed a routine drug test. The Air Force requested that...
  • Man Pilots Planes for 2 Years After Lying to Airlines About Experience

    04/03/2022 4:55:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 61 replies
    newsweek ^ | ON 4/2/22 AT 10:57 AM EDT | NATALIE COLAROSSI
    Craig Butfoy, 49, entered false details and fabricated his experience in his flight logbook so that he could appear more qualified to work for BA CityFlyer, a British Airways regional airline, and former Irish regional airline Stobart Air. Butfoy was employed with each airline for one year, from 2016 to 2018, according to The Times of London. During that time, officials at BA CityFlyer reportedly became suspicious of his experience after an incident occurred in Switzerland when he pressed a button that "no qualified pilot would," a source told the news outlet. However, a spokesperson for British Airways maintained that...
  • Airbus flies A380 passenger jet on 100% biofuel for the first time

    04/01/2022 12:34:05 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies ^ | March 31, 2022 | By Nick Lavars
    The Airbus A380 recently completed its first flight on 100 percent sustainable fuelAirbus VIEW 1 IMAGES As part of a broader push on part of the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint, Airbus has conducted the first ever flight of its giant A380 jumbo jet using 100 percent biofuel. This is the third Airbus aircraft to fly using the sustainable fuel made up of primarily cooking oil, as the company works to certify the technology by the end of the decade. The aircraft featured in the groundbreaking flight is the Airbus ZEROe Demonstrator, an A380 adapted for use as...
  • Elon Musk JUST SHOWED The TERRIFYING Hypersonic T-Jet To Beat Russia

    03/30/2022 1:33:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Tech Zone ^ | 30/3/22 | Elon Musk
    In almost every field of science, and technology, US and Russia have always been competitors. Occasionally, though, stuff gets a little crazy.Well, no don’t have to worry because there are no hostilities between them.But the vibes are not calm. It is no secret that Elon Musk is famous for his technological abilities.Therefore, Russia is getting a little jealous of his success and is trying to make things less exciting, and Musk is threatening them in response.The Russian space chief watched in awe as billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson took off into space in vehicles they helped fund - and...
  • Crash: China Eastern B738 near Guangzhou on Mar 21st 2022, lost altitude and impacted terrain

    03/22/2022 7:45:37 PM PDT · by the_daug · 41 replies
    The Aviation Herald ^ | Mar 21st 2022 10:55Z | Simon Hradecky
    Crash: China Eastern B738 near Guangzhou on Mar 21st 2022, lost altitude and impacted terrain By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Mar 21st 2022 10:55Z, last updated Tuesday, Mar 22nd 2022 16:38Z A China Eastern Boeing 737-800, registration B-1791 performing flight MU-5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou (China) with 123 passengers and 9 crew on board, was enroute at 8900 meters/FL291 about 130nm west of Guangzhou nearing the top of descent at 14:20L (06:20Z) when the aircraft suddenly lost altitude and impacted ground about 119nm west of Guangzhou in mountaineous terrain. A search and rescue operation reached the crash site but found...