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  • Airbus files patent for 'flying doughnut' plane design which would see passengers board by escalator

    11/18/2014 6:42:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chris Kitching
    ts a radical aircraft design that could one day see passengers flying in circles. Airbus has filed a patent application for an unusual concept plane that has been dubbed a flying doughnut. Instead of queuing on a jet bridge, passengers would board the UFO-like aircraft at ground level via an escalator and an access hatch, and they would enjoy more space on flights.
  • Indian plane hits stray buffalo during take-off

    11/07/2014 8:16:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 7, 2014
    An Indian airliner crashed into a stray buffalo during take-off from the western city of Surat although no passengers or crew were hurt, the plane's operator, SpiceJet Ltd, said on Friday. The airline was forced to ground the Boeing 737 which suffered "substantial damages", it said.
  • Ebola Travel Bans Enacted by Nearly 30 Countries, but Not US

    10/16/2014 11:41:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/16/2014 | Nick Sanchez
    Nearly every African nation has instituted travel bans on West African countries with significant Ebola outbreaks. Though the Obama administration has insisted travel bans are not necessary, even countries outside of Africa are beginning to start such travel bans, with Colombia and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on Wednesday adding their names to a growing list of nearly 30 countries that block travelers from virus-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. African nations including Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa make up the bulk of the countries that have instituted some kind of ban, and now that countries on the other...
  • Dallas Nurse Infected With Ebola Told CDC She Had A Fever Before She Boarded Her Flight

    10/15/2014 8:04:11 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    Bi - Reuters ^ | Lisa Maria Garza and Terry Wade, Reuters
    Lisa Maria Garza and Terry Wade, Reuters October 15, 2014 DALLAS (Reuters) - A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola told a U.S. health official she had a slight fever and was allowed to board a plane from Ohio to Texas, a federal source said on Wednesday, intensifying concerns about the U.S. response to the deadly virus. Amber Vinson, 29, flew from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas, Texas, on Monday, the day before she was diagnosed with Ebola, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Vinson told the CDC her temperature was 99.5 Fahrenheit (37.5 Celsius). Since that...
  • New Airline Offering Illegal Immigrants a Free Ride...

    08/04/2014 9:09:06 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    And you haven't heard the funny part yet- you're paying for it h/t Roberto
  • World Leaders Match Anger With Calls for Inquiry Into Ukraine Plane Crash

    07/18/2014 10:30:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Alan Cowell,James Kanter,Dan Bilefsky
    LONDON Angered and dismayed by the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, European leaders cast about for some form of joint response to the tragedy on Friday, but beyond calls for an international inquiry they showed few signs of immediately following the United States in imposing harsher sanctions on Russia.
  • Flaris Personal Jets Take Off

    07/01/2014 7:31:16 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 48 replies
    Robb Report ^ | Mary Grady
    Flaris, a new aviation company based in Poland, made an unexpected appearance at the Paris Air Show in June with its prototype of a single-engine personal jet, the LAR01. The all-composite design allows for sweeping lines, with a sharp nose, a cabin that seats four, and long, narrow wings for aerodynamic efficiency. - See more at:
  • Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian [used] jets will turn tide

    06/26/2014 11:32:45 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies
    The BBC ^ | 06/26/2014
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days. He said that the process of buying US jets had been "long-winded" and that the militants' advance could have been avoided if air cover had been in place. "I'll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the US]," Mr Maliki said. "We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had...
  • Vacationing Air Force bomber pilot helped land Boeing 737 after pilot had a heart attack

    06/02/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 68 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 2, 2014 | James Nye
    United Flight 1637 was returning off-duty Air Force Captain Mike Gongol, his family and 157 other souls from their Christmas vacation when disaster struck. The Boeing 737's pilot suffered a devastating heart attack at 30,000 feet on the way from Des Moines to Denver, forcing Gongol to rush to the cockpit and help guide the plane to an emergency landing. His heroic actions have gone unheralded until now, as Gongol recalls the dramatic moment he answered the chilling announcement on the December 30 flight, 'Does anyone know how to fly a plane?'
  • "Exceptionally Lucky" 16-Year-Old Survives 5-Hour Flight in Jet's Wheel Well (San Jose to Maui)

    04/21/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 | OSKAR GARCIA
    "Kid's lucky to be alive," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press.A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. Not only was he unharmed, but officials also said he wasn't even dirty.
  • This Is The Most Plausible Theory For The Plane's Disappearance We've Heard Yet...

    03/18/2014 5:14:03 AM PDT · by blam · 157 replies
    BI ^ | 3-18-2014 | Henry Blodget
    This Is The Most Plausible Theory For The Plane's Disappearance We've Heard Yet... Henry BlodgetMar. 18, 2014, 6:01 AM Over the past 10 days, investigators and observers have come up with ever-more elaborate theories for what might have happened to Malaysia Airways Flight 370. What was originally assumed to have been a tragic mid-air explosion or mechanical problem soon bloomed into a criminal investigation of a meticulously planned hijacking, commandeering, or otherwise stealing of a fully loaded commercial 777 in mid-air. The perpetrator(s) knew the plane so well, one of the latest theories goes, that they climbed through a trap...
  • What Pilots Think About The Crazy New Theory That The Missing Malaysia Jet Used Another Jet To Hide

    03/17/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · by blam · 157 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-17-2014 | Alex Davies
    What Pilots Think About The Crazy New Theory That The Missing Malaysia Jet Used Another Jet To HideAlex DaviesMarch 17, 2014 Not surprisingly, the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 with 239 people on board more than a week ago has led some people to come up with very interesting theories about what might have happened. On his Tumblr, self-identified hobby pilot and aviation enthusiast Keith Ledgerwood put forward the most elaborate and interesting suggestion we've heard yet. He argues the 777 could have flown over India and Pakistan, avoiding military radar detection by turning off its communications systems and following...
  • Radar Data Suggests The Missing Malaysia Plane Was Flown Deliberately Toward India's Andaman Islands

    03/14/2014 4:50:40 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 3-14-2014 | Niluksi Koswanage and Siva Govindasamy
    Radar Data Suggests The Missing Malaysia Plane Was Flown Deliberately Toward India's Andaman IslandsNiluksi Koswanage and Siva Govindasamy, Reuters Mar. 14, 2014, 5:16 AM KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Military radar data suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, heightening suspicions of foul play among investigators, sources told Reuters on Friday. Analysis of the Malaysia data suggests the plane, with 239 people on board, diverted from its intended northeast route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and flew west instead, using airline flight corridors normally employed for routes to the Middle...
  • New Evidence Suggests That Plane Disappearance Was A Deliberate Act

    03/13/2014 4:59:50 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2014 | Paul Szoldra
    New Evidence Suggests That Plane Disappearance Was A Deliberate Act Paul SzoldraMarch 13, 2014      Two U.S. officials believe the shutdown of two separate communications systems from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 happened at different times, indicating the disappearance was less likely the result of a catastrophic failure and more the result of a "deliberate act," according to a new report from ABC News. Sources speaking with ABC believe the data reporting system was shut down at 1:07 a.m., while the transponder — sending out location and altitude data — was shut down at 1:21...
  • US Investigators Think Missing Plane Might Have Been Stolen To Use Later For Another Purpose

    03/13/2014 1:52:00 PM PDT · by blam · 107 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2014 | Michael Kelley
    US Investigators Think Missing Plane Might Have Been Stolen To Use Later For Another Purpose Michael KelleyMarch. 13, 2014, 11:06 AM U.S. investigators suspect that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours after it reached its last confirmed location, according to Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal. The Journal originally reported that they obtained data from the aircraft's engines, but then issued a correction saying that U.S. investigators based their position on "an analysis of signals sent through the planes satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of some onboard systems." Satellites...
  • Air force chief: Malaysia jet may have turned back

    03/09/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 9m 2014 | By CHRIS BRUMMITT and EILEEN NG
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back before vanishing, Malaysia's air force chief said Sunday as authorities were investigating up to four passengers with suspicious identifications. The revelations add to the uncertainties surrounding the final minutes of flight MH370, which was carrying 239 people when it lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning for Beijing. Air force chief Rodzali Daud didn't say which direction the plane veered when it apparently went off course, or how long it flew in that...
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • Man removed from flight in Phoenix over infectious disease alert

    12/02/2013 4:10:59 PM PST · by bgill · 45 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 | Reuters
    Officials removed a man with an unspecified infectious disease - possibly tuberculosis - from a US Airways Express flight with 70 passengers on board shortly after it landed in Phoenix over the weekend, authorities said on Monday. The unidentified man was removed from Flight 2846 from Austin, Texas, when it landed on Saturday after the airline received an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a passenger known to have an infectious disease, a spokesman for the airline said.
  • Plane Lands in WaWa Parking Lot in Fredericksburg Va

    08/12/2013 8:36:10 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 47 replies
    Free Lance - Star (Fredericksburg Va) ^ | 12 August 2013 | Free Lance - Star (Fredericksburg Va)
    August 12th, 2013, 6:22 am Plane lands in Wawa parking lot near Shannon Airport Photo by Dave Ellis UPDATE: Police have identified the pilot in Monday mornings crash landing at Shannon Airport as Jerome Matthew Orlando, a 33-year-old from Broadway, Va., the same area of the company that owns the plane, according to records. Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler said Orlando flew out of Tampa, Fla., and was headed to Charlottesville, but was diverted because of the weather. There was a thick fog in the area this morning, even where the crash happened. The plane was supposed to go...
  • At Least 2 Dead In East Haven Plane Crash

    08/09/2013 4:11:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | August 9, 2013 | Steven Yablonski,Joseph Wenzel,Susan Raff,Karen Lee
    EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -At least two people have been killed after a plane crashed into two homes, sparking a massive fire in East Haven Friday morning.
  • Airplane!

    07/08/2013 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | July 8, 2013 | Neal Boortz
    OK Ill admit it. I did get a little testy on Twitter (@Talkmaster) Saturday afternoon while watching coverage of the crash landing of that Asiana 777 in San Francisco. Theres an explanation. My first hint at a problem at SFO was a video a follower sent me of the smoke from the burning aircraft. I immediately went to the usual sites on the Internet and TV to see what was going on. Nothing. Nobody had a clue. Twitter beat out the big boys. Eventually, though, the coverage started to break on CNN and Fox News. I chose Fox. This...
  • New Video Captures San Francisco Plane Crash

    07/08/2013 6:12:20 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 8, 2013 | Fox News
    We're getting a look at new video of the crash of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco airport, which left two people dead and dozens seriously hurt.
  • Incident: Korean B773 over Pacific on Jul 2nd 2013, engine shut down in flight

    07/03/2013 7:06:43 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    The Aviation Herald ^ | July, 2 2013 | Simon Hradecky
    A Korean Air Boeing 777-300, registration HL8275 performing flight KE-38 (dep Jul 1st) from Chicago,IL (USA) to Seoul (South Korea) with 273 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 300nm south of Anadyr [UHMA](Russia) when the crew needed to shut an engine (GE90) down. The crew drifted the aircraft down to FL270, turned north and diverted to Anadyr dumping fuel. The aircraft landed safely on runway 19 about one hour later. A replacement Boeing 747-400 registration HL7491 was dispatched from Seoul to Anadyr as flight KE-3037 and landed in Anadyr about 10 hours later landing of HL8275. The aircraft...
  • Pilot, stunt walker killed in plane crash at Ohio air show

    06/22/2013 3:43:51 PM PDT · by Doogle · 47 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | AP via FOX
    DAYTON, Ohio A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said. The crash of the 450 HP Stearman happened at around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show at Dayton International Airport. No spectators were hurt. A video posted on WHIO-TV shows the plane turn upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, erupting into flames as spectators screamed. Ian Hoyt, an aviation photographer and licensed pilot from Findlay, was at the...
  • Dead man in wheel well discovered after 7 flights

    06/13/2013 4:51:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    UPI ^ | June 13, 2013 | Kristen Butler
    Airport maintenance workers in Moscow noticed blood stains on the main landing gear of an iFly Airbus A330-300 that had just flown in from Italy, and found a dead man with a Georgia passport inside the wheel well. The plane had made seven flights before the remains were discovered.
  • US Airways flight makes belly landing at Newark airport after landing gear failed

    05/18/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | may 18, 2013 | Katie Davies
    A US Airways flight with 34 people aboard was forced to make a dramatic belly landing at Newark International Airport last night. Terrified passengers managed to escape the plane unharmed after the plane's pilot - named by witnesses as Edward Powers - performed a heroic emergency landing. Video footage of the turboprop twin-engine plane coming down on the runway showed a dramatic shower of sparks flying from its underbelly as it scraped across the tarmac, however, miraculously no fire was started.
  • Whats really behind those FAA tower closures?

    03/23/2013 9:08:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Hot ^ | March 23, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    Sequestration chatter isn’t going away any time soon, and one of the expected headlines is making the rounds again this week. Air traffic control towers at nearly 150 airports across the nation are going to sit empty, forcing pilots to figure out safe landing procedures by a combination of the seats of their pants and furiously cracking open fortune cookies. In other words, you’re all going to die. The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday told 149 regional airports across the country it would begin closing their air traffic control towers in April, but said it would spare another 40 towers...
  • Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous

    01/13/2013 12:21:08 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 4:38 AMBritain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully AutonomousBAE Taranis Britain's Air Force has been using Tornado jets as bombers for decades and is already building a fleet of new Typhoons, but BAE hopes to supplement those forces with a powerful new drone. The Taranis, named for the Celtic god of thunder will fly faster than the speed of sound and beyond the eye of enemy radar with its single-wing stealth design, and UK officials hope to see it replace piloted planes and current unmanned drones...
  • FBI: Actor Ash Durrani threatened to kill flight passengers

    09/29/2012 2:45:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies ^ | September 28, 2012 | by Taylor Rios
    SNIPPET: "The FBI says that an actor threatened to kill flight passengers on a flight from Chicago Tuesday night. The plan was headed to Orange County and Arash "Ash" Durrani, 26, is going to appear in federal court Friday. Sources say that Ash Durrani was being unruly by pacing the aisles, demanding alcohol, harassing female passengers and threatening to kill people. According to the affidavit, the deranged model and actor yelled, "I'm from Afghanistan and I will murder all of you." This San Antonio Celebrity Examiner is just in shock. Did he say Afghanistan? Durrani was born in Alexandria, Virginia."
  • Have the nitwits claimed this Lady Rmoney airplane emergency was faked yet?

    09/21/2012 9:24:51 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 23 replies
    Too lazy to try and figure out if I can post article from the site I read this on, but it has prolly already happened that this is claimed to be fake. The libturds will claim this was all faked to make Mitt and the Missus have the photo op showed on Drudge.
  • Airplane Funniest Film Ever, Research Finds

    09/06/2012 7:27:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 146 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 Sep 2012
    Airplane - which features classic one liners such as 'I am serious and don't call me Shirley' - came out top in research conducted by a panel of members of movie subscription service Lovefilm. They calculated the precise number of 'laughs a minute' for the top 10 comedies chosen by Lovefilm members. The panel recorded the total number of times each film generated a laugh, before dividing it by the films' total length in minutes to calculate the precise 'laugh a minute' rating for each movie. With a 'laugh A minute' score of three, Airplane beat nine rival comedies to...
  • U.S. taxpayers on hook for coming aircraft bubble burst (Airlines on buying spree with our money)

    08/06/2012 9:26:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 08/06/2012 | Timothy Carney
    You need to get ready for the next bubble to burst -- because you're going to pay for it. The popping of the airplane bubble could be the next tremor to hit the U.S. economy, as economically unstable commercial airlines around the world buy up fleets of jets that they cannot afford. But if airlines can't pay their bills to jet-makers, you get the tab, thanks to a U.S. government agency -- the Export-Import Bank of the United States -- that has dedicated three-fourths of its loan-guarantee dollars to backstopping sales for the Boeing Company. It's yet another pitfall of...
  • Lingering in airplane bathroom leads to questions from FBI for Orlando-bound Muslims

    05/24/2012 5:09:19 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 24, 2012 | Susan Jacobson
    <p>A group of Muslims was detained Wednesday at Orlando Sanford International Airport, apparently because of a misunderstanding over an Islamic cleanliness ritual, authorities said.</p> <p>The captain of Allegiant flight No.625 from Allentown, Pa., radioed ahead and asked airport police to meet the plane when it landed about 8:30p.m., said Larry Dale, airport director and commander of its 11-member police force.</p>
  • Cat in Cockpit Causes Four-hour Flight Delay [video]

    01/28/2012 10:57:43 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 30 replies
    A cat escape caused a four-hour delay for an Air Canada flight Thursday as airline staff in Halifax struggled to get the feline from its hiding place in cockpit wiring. (Jan. 27) [Associated Press]
  • 'FDR: American Badass': The @#$% truth behind our werewolf-fighting president -- NSFW

    01/19/2012 5:48:56 AM PST · by Bender2 · 11 replies
    EW.COM ^ | Jan 19 2012 01:20 AM ET | Anthony Breznican
    'FDR: American Badass': The @#$% truth behind our werewolf-fighting president -- NSFW [Frank Drebin LIVES!] by Anthony Breznican Dont watch this trailer around your kids. Or your boss. (Unless theyre awesome.) And dont watch this if you believe the man who steered our nation out of the Great Depression, helped lead the Allies to victory over fascism in World War II, and strengthened Americas social safety net with Social Security and Medicare deserves to be treated with only total, unwavering respect. But if you like your history served with a hefty helping of crack, then by all means enjoy...
  • Owner of A/C That Crashed Into Tampa Building Was Publically Pro-Arab!!!.

    01/05/2002 2:13:06 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 295 replies · 5,465+ views
    Part of article from St. Pete Times after Sept 11. "Robert C. Cooper, president of National Aviation Flight School and Aviation Rentals, stressed that the extra security cannot be done at the expense of those of Middle Eastern descent. "I don't want to get involved in profiling," he said. "I have faith in my government. I have to work on the belief that my government has basis to allow them into the country and show them proper respect." end of article. Cooper is head of National Aviation Holdings that owned A/C. Many Florida flight schools train Arab students. Wonder if ...
  • 2011 Valdez May Day Fly-In STOL Competition

    12/02/2011 9:44:58 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 7 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Dec 02, 2011 | swampsniper
    STOL (short take off and landing) competition. Who needs a helicopter? These bush planes are amazing.
  • Passengers watch Ryanair crew mend jet window with TAPE

    10/24/2011 11:20:32 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 91 replies ^ | Oct 24, 2011 | GARY OSHEA and EMMA LITTLE
    A RYANAIR plane with 200 passengers on board had to turn back after tape used to patch up a pilot's window came loose. Passengers watched in horror as ground crew put the tape around the edge of the windscreen shortly before take-off from Stansted, Essex, to Riga, Latvia.
  • Electric airplane wins big money

    10/04/2011 5:10:30 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 4, 2011 | Mike Krumboltz
    NASA has awarded a Pennsylvania company a $1.35 million prize for developing an ultra-efficient electric airplane. The Taurus G4 airplane won the prize by flying 200 miles from Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif., in less than two hours. CNN reports that the airplane was created by of State College. There were 14 airplanes in the competition, but the Pipistrel won easily. It nearly "doubled the fuel-efficiency requirement" for the contest. The requirements were to fly 200 miles in two hours or less on less than a gallon of fuel (or the equivalent in electricity)...
  • South Africa Firms Build Niche Plane

    09/27/2011 2:47:56 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 28 replies
    wo South African companies are attempting to elbow their way into the global defense market with an unusual new aircraft developed on home soil. Paramount Group and Aerosud Holdings Ltd. on Tuesday will unveil the Ahrlac, a compact plane that they say merges the capabilities of a drone, an attack helicopter and surveillance aircraft. "There's nothing like it in the marketplace," says Paul Potgieter, managing director of closely held Aerosud. The Ahrlacshort for Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraftaims to fill a niche left by less-versatile and more-expensive rivals. Most countries on the continent rely on modified cargo planes or...
  • Plane crash in Russia involves KHL team

    09/07/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies ^ | September 7, 2011
    A plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia has claimed the lives of at least 36 people. Some reports have the death total at 42. The majority of victims are believed to be members of the Kontinental Hockey League club, Lokomotiv. The crash occurred at 12 noon Moscow time. Eight crew members are also among the dead, according to reports. According to Russian aviation officials, two passengers survived the crash, but are in critical condition. According to Sov Sport, Locomotiv has confirmed that the entire main roster, plus four players from the youth team, were on the...
  • Unveiled: Burt Rutan's Final Creation Is A Flying Car

    07/19/2011 12:39:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.18.2011 at 1:02 pm | By Rebecca Boyle
    Peep this new roadable aircraft, the last creation of legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan. Scaled Composites unveiled their new flying car to Aviation Week this week. The Model 367 BiPod is a dual-fuselage, hybrid electric car-plane, which engineers at Scaled took from a preliminary design to first flight in just four months. It made its maiden trip March 30, just before Rutans official retirement. The company says it has made several short jaunts off the runway at Mojave, Calif., building up enough speed with the drive train to take off without propellers, which have not been installed yet. The roadable...
  • Unruly Passenger that Diverted Plane to Cleveland Arrested (update)

    07/12/2011 3:42:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Fox8News ^ | 7/11/11
    Stephen D. Anthony, the special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI, and Chief Michael McGrath with the Cleveland Police Department announced Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, 21, was arrested after he repeatedly disobeyed orders from flight attendants Friday and his behavior eventually escalated to shoving, kicking and spitting. The trouble allegedly began when Alramakh, of Akron, went into the restroom and used an electronic device during taxi in Chicago. Flight attendants asked that he immediately turn off the device and return to his seat. At first Alramakh refused, but eventually complied. Right after take off Alramakh returned...
  • Man Stung by Scorpion on Flight From Seattle

    07/01/2011 7:40:06 AM PDT · by Drawsing · 33 replies
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man got a big surprise on a commercial flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska, when he was stung by a scorpion while sitting in his plane seat. Jeff Ellis of West Linn said he was trying to sleep on a red-eye Alaska Airlines flight June 17 when he felt something in his sleeve and tried to brush it away. He said he felt the crawling again, looked down and saw the culprit. "I picked my hand up and said, `Oh, my God. That's a scorpion,"' Ellis told KPTV.
  • Jet Plane Crashes in Russia, at Least 38 Dead

    06/20/2011 4:51:02 PM PDT · by Doogle · 16 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 6/20/11 | FOX
    A passenger jet crash-landed Monday on a desolate stretch of road in northwest Russia, killing at least 38 people, the countrys state news agency reported. The plane reportedly took off from Moscow and contained 48 passengers and five crewmembers. It is unclear what brought the plane down about 2 miles from Petrozavodsk airport, its destination, reported Itar-Tass. But the Tupolev-134 plane caught fire and the fuselage was reportedly completely destroyed. Those injured were considered in serious condition. Authorities began an investigation into the crash; early signs point to a mechanical error, Itar-Tass reported, citing a source.
  • 'Doomsday Plane' Would Save President and Joint Chiefs in Apocalypse Scenario

    06/12/2011 8:46:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 96 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 7, 2011 | MICHAEL MURRAY
    'Doomsday Plane' Would Save President and Joint Chiefs in Apocalypse Scenario By MICHAEL MURRAY June 7, 2011 In the event of nuclear war, a powerful meteor strike or even a zombie apocalypse, the thoroughly protected doomsday plane is ready to keep the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and other key personnel in the air and out of danger. It may not deflect a Twitter photo scandal, but it can outrun a nuclear explosion and stay in the air for days without refueling. The flight team for the E-4B, its military codename, sleeps nearby and is ready to...
  • Wife takes controls of plane when husband passes out

    05/28/2011 9:01:04 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 19 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | May 26, 2011 | N/A
    A woman took over the controls of a small airplane when her pilot-husband started having trouble breathing and speaking on a flight from California to Colorado, authorities said. The Federal Aviation Administration released details and audio of the incident Thursday, which happened on a trip from San Bernardino, Calif. to Colorado Springs May 17. Ground controllers in Colorado and a Great Lakes Airlines pilot in another plane helped her guide the smaller craft. The specifics of the man's medical problem weren't available. An air traffic controller in Longmont, Colo., noticed the 70-year-old pilot appeared to have difficulty breathing during a...
  • REPORT: Plane off the runway at Sedona Airport.

    05/25/2011 4:54:52 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 41 replies
    KSAZ-TV Phoenix ^ | May 25, 2011 | KSAZ-TV
    REPORT: Plane off the runway at Sedona Airport.
  • FAA suspends controller for watching movie on duty

    04/19/2011 8:33:40 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 6 replies
    WASHINGTON An air traffic controller has been suspended for watching a movie when he was supposed to be monitoring aircraft, deepening the Federal Aviation Administration's embarrassment following at least five cases of controllers sleeping on the job. In the latest incident, the controller was watching a movie on a DVD player early Sunday morning while on duty at a regional radar center in Oberlin, Ohio, near Cleveland that handles high-altitude air traffic, the FAA said in a statement Monday.