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  • Islamic State training pilots to fly in three jets: Syria monitor

    10/17/2014 6:04:51 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/17/14 | Sylvia Westall
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.
  • Medical Research Org CIDRAP: Ebola Transmittable by Air

    10/14/2014 9:29:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/14/14 | Chriss W. Street
    The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath. CIDRAP is warning that surgical facemasks do not prevent transmission of Ebola, and healthcare professionals (HCP) must immediately be outfitted with full-hooded protective gear and powered air-purifying respirators. CIDRAP since 2001 has been a global leader in addressing public health preparedness regarding emerging infectious diseases and bio-security...
  • When the French "Shot Down" an F-22

    09/23/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Axe
    Evidence released last year confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a big deal for a couple reasons. For one, the Lockheed Martin-made F-22 is supposed to be the most fearsome warplane in history, a quarter-billion-dollar-per-plane technological marvel that flies higher and faster than its opponents while avoiding detection by radar. The Pentagon is counting on a tiny number of the pricey Raptors — slightly more than 180 — to ward off potentially much larger numbers of enemy planes for the foreseeable future. Every mock dogfight...
  • Atheist must swear to God -- or leave US Air Force

    09/10/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    AFP ^ | September 9, 2014 | Staff
    The US Air Force has told a sergeant he will have to leave the military unless he agrees to take an oath with the phrase "so help me God," officials said Tuesday. In the latest religious controversy to roil the air force, the atheist airman last month was denied his request to re-enlist because of his refusal to swear to God -- and he is now poised to take the military to court, his lawyer said.
  • Is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the New F-4?

    09/03/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 3, 2014 | Michael Peck
    The jet fighter can’t maneuver, the critics say. It’s based on a wrongheaded concept. It relies on unproved technologies. It’s a one-size-fits-all jet for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and yet it doesn't really meet any of their needs. Is this Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter I’m describing? No, it’s actually the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the ubiquitous fighter-bomber, reconnaissance and radar-hunting aircraft that formed the backbone of U.S., NATO and Israeli air power in the 1960s and 1970s. More than 50 years later, the Phantom still flies, as evident when Syrian gunners downed a Turkish RF-4...
  • California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

    08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    © 2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE
    A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.... C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been...
  • Breathtaking Aerial Photography

    08/07/2014 9:19:26 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The Grand Canyon from outer-space  (photo NASA) More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Military exercise was the reason for the disruption of air traffic control

    06/14/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Alvin Diogenes · 4 replies
    [These are excerpts from an English translation of the German source article.] After the cause for the temporary disruption of air traffic control in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia was initially unclear, the Slovak authorities reported on Friday evening that... "[t]he disappearance of aircraft from the radar screen is related to military exercises that have gone in different parts of Europe on 5 and 10 June on the stage." ... Slovak air traffic control: "Immediately after identifying the problem that side was contacted, which has organized the exercises, and they were stopped." ... Experts suspected a relationship with a...
  • Congressional Committee Just Voted to Kill the A-10—And Endanger Troops’ Lives

    06/13/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 13, 2014 | Winslow Wheeler & Pierre Sprey
    On June 10, the House Appropriations Committee made clear the way many on Capitol Hill view national defense. By a raised-hands vote of 13 to 23, the Committee rejected an amendment from Congressman Jack Kingston—a Georgia Republican—to redirect $339 million from operation and maintenance funds, deemed excess, to retain 234 A-10 close air support aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Even though the committee found $1.6 billion to increase the Obama Administration’s budget to buy hardware, it could not find a penny to retain one of the most extraordinarily effective weapons in the U.S. arsenal—and one of the cheapest...
  • Flights Briefly Vanish From Austrian Air Traffic

    Austria's flight safety organization says flight data recently disappeared twice from air controller radar screens in several countries....
  • Monarch airline bans reclining seats on all its planes after 90% of passengers vote to ditch them

    05/30/2014 6:46:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2014 | Carol Driver
    Monarch is to introduce non-reclining seats across its entire fleet of planes. The light-weight design, to be rolled out this summer, has been launched to create more ‘living space’ for passengers after customer research showed the existing style was unpopular. It comes after surveys revealed that nine in ten travellers wanted reclining seats banned, and voted them one of the most common causes of mid-flight anger.
  • EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science

    04/29/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-28-2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agency’s scientific data: we’re coming for you. McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations. “Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science — but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University...
  • Is THIS America's newest top-secret spy plane? Clearest picture yet of mystery aircraft spotted fly.

    04/18/2014 11:06:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan and Mark Prigg and Ashley Collman
    A new photo of a mysterious flying object over Kansas has been revealed. It appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but rumours abound that it could be a secret jet.
  • Air Force Captain Mistaken as Burglar and Tackled by Cops in Own Home, Now They’re Arresting Him

    04/17/2014 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    IJR Review ^ | 4/17/14 | Emily Hulsey
    Air Force Captain Nicolas Aquino was tackled and handcuffed in his own home after police received a call from a neighbor of a suspected burglary. Aquino told the officer that he was the homeowner and even showed identification when the officer first approached him; the policeman finally left after Aquino showed him bills with his name and address. However, that wasn’t the end of it. Months later, Aquino learned that the police station had issued a warrant for him, claiming that he resisted arrest and obstructed an officer. Aquino, a model airman who has been featured in Air Force promotional...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • A Chilling And Awe-Inspiring Malaysia Air Flight 370 Story

    03/10/2014 9:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Dan's Deals ^ | 3/10/14 | Dan
    The whole world’s eyes are on the far east, wondering how a Boeing 777 can just disappear without a trace. Malaysia Air Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:43am this past Saturday morning and has yet to be located. Flying is the safest mode of transportation that exists today, so the disappearance of an airplane like this is really sobering. I heard the following story firsthand from the travel agent involved. He is an avid DansDeals follower that I’m friends with. He sent me the unedited exchange that follows and I made the necessary edits to protect the...
  • Man Nearly Explodes After Compressed Air Valve Lodges In Buttocks

    02/16/2014 7:32:56 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 73 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/16/2014 | LA Times
    WHAKATANE, New Zealand (PIX11)— New Zealand trucker Steven McCormack is either the luckiest or unluckiest person in the world, depending on one’s perspective. McCormack was working on his tractor trailer at a gas station in Whakatane, on the North Island’s east coast, when he slipped and fell, landing on a broken high pressure air valve.
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • Man survives 60 hours at bottom of Atlantic, rescued after finding air pocket [w/-video]

    12/05/2013 6:14:20 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 36 replies
    FOX News Network ^ | December 04, 2013 | Associated Press
    GOS, Nigeria – Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle. The Nigerian cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. The other 11 seaman aboard the Jascon 4 died... It was a shock for the diver while he was down there looking for bodies, and we (in the control room) shot back when the hand grabbed him on the screen." Okene kept faith with the psalm he recited, that promises to "give thanks in your name, Lord," at a...
  • Timelapse: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta [HD video]

    11/18/2013 8:36:26 PM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-28-2013 | RoadTrippers.com
    You've never seen hot air balloons like this before! A couple of weeks ago, Albuquerque, New Mexico held its 42nd annual International Balloon Fiesta. It's a 9-day event where over 700 balloons see liftoff. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the entire world and we were on hand to capture the action. Turn the Volume up, HD on and enjoy this Balloon Fiesta Experience! *if you are capable of watching in a higher resolution than 1080p choose original as this film was finished in 4k* Beep.. Beep.. Beep.. The Alarm goes off at 4 am. Time to get...
  • Reports: Syrian air base destroyed in missile attack from sea

    10/31/2013 1:00:43 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-31-2013 | YASSER OKBI
    Unclear who is behind the attack on base located in stronghold of Assad's Alawites, but Syrian, Lebanese media accuse Israel; Channel 2 reports attack's target were S-125 surface-to-air missiles.
  • Air marshal accused of taking photos under skirts

    10/18/2013 12:49:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    wtop ^ | 10/18/13 | staff
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal air marshal has been arrested and accused of taking cellphone photographs underneath women's skirts as they boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport.</p> <p>Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge Michael Pascarella told The Associated Press that Adam Bartsch was immediately removed from duty and is in the process of being suspended or fired.</p>
  • Israel Air Force holds drills in Bulgaria against advanced air defense systems

    07/01/2013 10:26:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    haaretz ^ | 7/1/13 | Gili Cohen
    The Israel Air Force has held large-scale exercises in Bulgaria in recent weeks to practice against the threat of advanced air defense systems. The Bulgarian air force took part. An unnamed senior air force official said recent exercises in general were bearing in mind “the axis known as Iran-Hezbollah-Syria. We’re preparing for what a multifront scenario could mean.” According to a Bulgarian website, about a hundred crew members from the IAF took part in the joint training, which lasted three weeks at Graf Ignatievo Air Base. A photograph on the IAF website shows 18 Israeli pilots and navigators arriving for...
  • Vanity: Looking to buy a new Macbook - 11-inch Air or 13-inch Pro?

    06/12/2013 9:07:00 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 67 replies
    Basically what the title thread says. I've been looking at these two models to replace my Dell and I'm unsure as to which to get. Any Mac users here that can help out?
  • Rescuers look for pilot in deadly NY Angel Flight

    05/25/2013 10:51:10 AM PDT · by oxcart · 6 replies
    EPHRATAH, N.Y. (AP) -- Divers searched a large pond while investigators combed nearby woods Saturday for any sign of the pilot of a volunteer Angel Flight that crashed in upstate New York, killing two passengers. The plane's passengers were found dead Friday night near where the small plane crashed in Ephratah, about an hour west of Albany, Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said. The bulk of the plane was found submerged in a pond, he said. Angel Flight is a nonprofit group that arranges free air transportation for sick patients from volunteer pilots. Larry Camerlin, president and founder of Angel...
  • Fire drama on Heathrow jet: delays as plane makes emergency landing with smoke pouring from engine

    05/24/2013 6:17:17 PM PDT · by oxcart · 34 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 05/24/13 | Matthew Beard
    A British Airways jet carrying 75 passengers was forced to perform an emergency landing at Heathrow today with smoke and flames pouring from one engine. Eye-witnesses reported seeing a fire in the right-hand engine of the Airbus 319 as it was forced to land just minutes after it took off at 8.17am bound for Norway’s capital Oslo. Residents on the Heathrow flight path said there was an "almighty blow-out" from the aircraft as it flew at just a few thousand feet above them. BA said the jet, which is now being examined by investigators, had developed a "technical fault". Suggestions...
  • One-third of Air Force including Blue Angels grounded by sequester

    04/10/2013 2:04:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/10/13 | Staff
    NORFOLK, Va.— A top general says federal budget cuts that will ground one-third of the U.S. Air Force´s active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers means "accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur."Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, issued the warning Tuesday as the Pentagon braces for more effects of the automatic spending cuts triggered by the lack of a budget agreement in Washington. Hostage said that only the units preparing to deploy to major operations,
  • The U.S. Air Force as you know it no longer exists: beginning today, 17 combat units grounded

    04/09/2013 10:43:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 4/9/13 | David Cenciotti
    According to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times, beginning on Apr. 9, 2013, the U.S. Air Force will begin grounding front line combat units as a consequence of sequestration and the need to deal with budget cuts. Seventeen squadrons belonging to the various U.S. Air Force commands are going to be affected by the stand down order. The grounding is aimed to save the 44,000 flying hours (worth 591 million USD) through September. The funded 241,496 flying hours will be distributed to those squadrons that will remain combat ready or are expected to keep a reduced readiness level called...
  • Obama Overrides Congress to Buy $690 Million Worth of Russian Choppers for Afghan Air Force

    04/09/2013 7:52:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Front Page ^ | 4/8/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Apparently America has too many jobs so Obama will be spending taxpayer money to support Russia’s defense industry on behalf of Afghanistan. And he’s doing so over the bipartisan objections of Congress from both the right and left and a ban on buying them written into the NDAA. The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned defense firm Rosoboronexport, despite objections from US lawmakers who allege that the firm has equipped the Syrian government to commit brutal crimes against civilians.
  • 2013 March for Marriage!

    03/26/2013 9:22:41 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 12 replies
    http://www.flickr.com ^ | 3-26-2013 | By National Organization for Marriage
    Here are some great pictures from the ongoing March for Marriage in Washington DC.
  • Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

    03/08/2013 3:37:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    FP ^ | 3/8/13 | ohn Hudson
    Quietly and without much notice, the Air Force has reversed its policy of publishing statistics on drone strikes in Afghanistan as the debate about drone warfare hits a fever pitch in Washington. In addition, it has erased previously published drone strike statistics from its website. Since October, the Air Force had been providing monthly updates on drone strikes -- or in its words "weapons releases from remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)." But today, Air Force Times reporters Brian Everstine and Aaron Mehta discovered something was amiss: The statistics published for February "contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had...
  • Obama 2007: You Can't Just Air Raid Villages And Kill Innocent Civilians

    02/05/2013 9:13:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/13 | staff
    2007, Barack Obama “We have to have enough troops that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians”.
  • Iraqi Security Force Update December 2012

    12/01/2012 5:15:15 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 6 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 1 December 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during November 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 November 2012. “A Passing Advantage – The Kurdish/Iraq Confrontation” was published separately and will not be addressed here. Highlights in this update include: * KRG forming 2 Joint Corps; KRG ATGW claim. * RaOC assumes control of Wasit; Russian deal cancelled and to be renegotiated; Additional T72s to be acquired; first M113s for 8th Division; 17th Division to be re-equipped in 2013. * New Aviation Brigade formed?; ADC completes refurbishment of...
  • *The REAL Miss America*

    11/16/2012 12:37:32 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 51 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Vanessa Dobos is a gunner on board a USAF AC-130 gunship.  The blue-eyed blonde has seen action in Iraq and Afganistan, and enjoys long walks on the beach, men who aren't afraid to cry, and puppies. Vanessa's dislikes include feed-tray stoppages, tracer flareout of her NVGs and premature fixed-wing strikes scattering her high-value targets... The 19 year old former Ohio high school cheerleader is in-fact the Air Force's first female aerial gunner ever: Raised in the small town of Valley View, Ohio, her interstest in the military was sparked by her father. Described by Dobos as 'a history buff', her dad talked...
  • How the Delta 'Air Scare' Happened

    07/15/2012 1:01:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    abc ^ | 7/13/12 | By BRIAN ROSS and MEGAN CHUCHMACH
    Thursday night's terror scare on a Delta Airlines flight from New York to Madrid began when an air marshal became suspicious of a passenger of Pakistani descent who had just left a lavatory, and ended with a heavily armed SWAT team storming the plane, only to find no terrorist and no bomb. It was another false alarm in the air that had some in law enforcement questioning the judgment of federal air marshals. And over the new two weeks, prior to and during the London Olympics, there will be teams of marshals on virtually every U.S. carrier flight into or...
  • Linux Creator Loves MacBook Air

    06/16/2012 4:35:28 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 32 replies
    Low end mac ^ | April 27th, 2012 | Charles Moore and Dan Knight
    In a lengthy email interview with TechCrunch's Scott Merrill, Linux creator Linus Torvalds allows that he's a bit baffled at how nobody else seems to have done what Apple did with the MacBook Air - even several years after the Air's first release. Torvalds pronounces the Air "special" and "ahead of its time", elaborating that he wants his office to be quiet, with the loudest thing in the room the occasional purring of the cat, and that when he travels, he wants to travel light, contending that a notebook weighing more than a kilo (2.2 lb.) is less than ideal,...
  • Bon Jovi hitches Air Force One ride to NYC fundraiser with Obama

    06/04/2012 3:56:51 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | June 5 2012 | Olivier Knox
    Rocker Jon Bon Jovi hitched a ride aboard Air Force One on Monday, zipping up to New York City to perform at a gala fundraiser for President Barack Obama — one of three campaign events to scoop up cash for the Democrat's reelection.
  • Report says 40 percent of the public breathes unhealthy air (60% - good to go)

    04/25/2012 6:20:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/25/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Report says 40 percent of the public breathes unhealthy airBy Andrew Restuccia - 04/25/12 02:53 PM ET More than 40 percent of the public lives in regions with unhealthy levels of air pollution, a new report from the American Lung Association says. The public health group, in its annual State of the Air report, said air quality has dramatically improved in recent decades as a result of the Clean Air Act. But it warned that more action is needed to better protect the public from air pollution like smog or soot. The report finds that more than 127.2 million people,...
  • Air Traffic Controllers Caught On Video

    02/29/2012 6:20:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies · 2+ views
    My Fox NY ^ | Feb 24, 2012
    Air Traffic Controllers Caught On Video Updated: Friday, 24 Feb 2012, 6:13 PM EST FOX 5 INVESTIGATIVE REPORT MYFOXNY.COM - Westchester County Airport is a growing destination for seven different commercial airlines, from JetBlue to U.S. Airways and its one of the busiest airports in the country serving the corporate world. Seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., air traffic controllers guide flights serving nearly 2 million passengers a year. Sometimes 100 planes take off and land in an hour. A source, that Fox 5 News is not identifying, says, "I'm upset and extremely concerned with things...
  • Air Force Will Lose Hundreds of Planes in New Pentagon Plan

    01/04/2012 10:44:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Njuice.com ^ | 1/4/12 | Wired
    The Air Force is preparing to trim hundreds of aircraft from its aging fleet in order to meet an Obama administration austerity order. The move will strike many Air Force supporters as ironic. Because just as the fleet is set to shrink, Defense Secretary ...
  • ROTC cadet driven to become military pilot despite loss of leg

    01/01/2012 9:29:36 AM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 14 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Encarnacion Pyle
    Matt Pirrello wasn’t about to let a simple drill get the better of him. So what if he had lost a leg?He had been doing “about-faces” — pivoting clockwise 180 degrees while standing at attention — since he joined the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 2009. Now, the once-simple act of raising his right foot, placing it about half a shoe length behind his left heel and then rotating, threw him. “The movement depends on having a knee and foot that bend in ways my prosthetic leg can’t,” said Pirrello, who lost his right leg in a training...
  • The last nine seconds of the Galloping Ghost (Ignomini) Reno

    09/19/2011 10:05:30 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Ignomini Home ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Ignomini
    A discussion with pictures of the mechanical failure causing the Reno Air Race crash.
  • Pollution Fines Irk San Joaquin Valley Drivers

    08/23/2011 10:35:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    KCRA ^ | August 23, 2011
    $12 Pollution Assessment To Be Added To Car Registration FeesEvery person who owns a non-commercial vehicle in the San Joaquin Valley will begin paying a fine for violating federal air quality standards starting in October, said the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District. The fine will show up as a $12 pollution assessment on a resident's annual car registration bill. "We will pay this fine every year until we go three straight years without violating tougher federal air quality standards," said Anthony Presto, a spokesman for the pollution control district. The reason for the fine is that the San Joaquin...
  • DC Circuit Rejects EPA’s Reliance on Guidance Documents in Lieu of Rulemaking in Clean Air Act Case

    07/26/2011 7:09:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 7 replies
    Marten Law ^ | 7/21/11 | Russell Prugh
    EPA has recently suffered a series of defeats in court cases challenging its reliance on “guidance documents” that were never adopted as administrative rules. The most recent example has to do with guidance under the Clean Air Act (“CAA” or “Act”). In Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”) v. EPA,[1] the D.C. Circuit held that EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) by relying on interpretive guidance – rather than a regulation – to allow states to propose alternatives to statutorily required fees for ozone non-attainment areas. Background The CAA requires EPA to establish national ambient air quality standards (“NAAQS”) on...
  • Claire McCaskill amends FEC filings

    07/19/2011 11:26:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | July 19, 2011 | Scott Wong
    A few months after Sen. Claire McCaskill was entwined in a scandal over the use of her personal plane for campaign travel, the Missouri Democrat has released amended campaign finance reports dating back to 2006.According to the new filings with the Federal Elections Commission, McCaskill’s campaign committee had failed to account for 143 contributions in the ‘06 cycle, totaling nearly $277,000. The committee also missed about $277,000 in disbursements. During that cycle, McCaskill raised $11.5 million.The discrepancies, her campaign said, could be attributed to the fact that donations were coming in at a furious clip at the end of the...
  • Earth's air traffic volume over a 24 hour period (YouTube video)

    07/11/2011 6:22:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Thought this video was kind of cool. Hope I'm not breaking any rules.
  • 'Air Flotilla' lands, 69 activists barred entry

    07/08/2011 12:14:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 7/8/11 | YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM
    Dozens of pro-Palestinian activists taken from EasyJet, Alitalia flights for police interrogation; activists arrive on five different planes; Danino says police have met gov't goals at Ben-Gurion Airport. Police diverted two passenger aircraft that landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Friday, detaining at least 60 suspected pro-Palestinian activists for questioning. Participants in the "Air Flotilla" arrived on three other flights as well. Police said that some 69 activists have been denied entry. The flights, one EasyJet from Geneva and one Alitalia, were diverted to Terminal 1, where police combed passengers for pro-Palestinian activists expected to attempt entry into the country...
  • Latino groups push Obama on ozone standards

    06/09/2011 3:46:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/9/11 | Geoff Mohan
    On the heels of a scathing critique by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Wednesday, President Obama faced pressure from a burgeoning environmental justice coalition demanding stronger action on ozone, a component of smog, in predominantly Latino communities. Fourteen groups sent a letter to Obama expressing dismay at missed opportunities and delays in bringing permissible ozone levels down to between 60 and 70 parts per billion: The EPA estimates that the strongest standard of 60 parts per billion would avoid as many as 12,000 deaths and 58,000 asthma attacks per year. Implementing a weaker standard would mean more lives lost...
  • Air steward tackles Yemeni passenger battering on cockpit, shouting 'Allahu Akbar' as plane ..

    05/09/2011 9:37:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/9/11 | Staff
    Crew members and passengers wrestled a 28-year-old man to the cabin floor after he began pounding on the cockpit of a plane approaching San Francisco. The man was yelling as he brushed past a flight attendant about 10 minutes before American Airlines Flight 1561 from Chicago was due to land on Sunday night, police said. Rageit Almurisi, 28, carried a Yemen passport but his nationality is not clear, a spokesman said. [Snip] Passengers told of how Almurisi was heard to shout 'Allahu Akbar'--or 'God is great'. Passenger Angelina Marty said: 'I kept saying to myself,
  • The U.S. EPA’s Regulatory Clean Air Benefit-Cost Estimates (30 free lunches for the price of 1?)

    04/01/2011 4:03:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    masterresource.org ^ | 4/1/11 | Garrett Vaughn
    Last August, the the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) graded itself on its enforcement of the Clean Air Act (CAA) in terms of economic benefit-cost analysis. Surprise not: EPA came up with an astounding $31 of clean air benefits for every dollar of cost. That, and Administrator Lisa Jackson can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Deja Vu: EPA’s 1997 Study Back in 1997, the EPA credited itself with providing $22.2 trillion in benefits at a cost of a half trillion dollars from enforcing the CAA from 1970 (when the EPA was established) through 1990 (when Congress amended...