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  • Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?

    01/04/2015 5:39:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 4, 2014 | Clive Irving
    Too many computers and not enough “hands-on” flying mean most pilots would have fallen victim to the weather that brought down AirAsia 8501. As searchers close in on what appears to be the main wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 the retrieval of the airplane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders should soon follow. The wreckage lies no more than around 100 feet down in the Java Sea. Although there are strong currents and poor visibility, compounded by the high seas generated by stormy weather, divers should be able to locate the rear end of the fuselage where the flight data...
  • Will the Boeing 747 Fly Off Into the Sunset?

    12/28/2014 8:10:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | December 28, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Boeing (NYSE: BA ) extended its sales lead over archrival Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY ) in December. In its latest update on airplane orders, released last week, Boeing confirmed that 2014 "gross" orders for commercial aircraft reached 1,423 by mid-December, versus 1,328 planes for Airbus (at last report). After cancellations -- 106 at Boeing, but nearly three times as many at Airbus -- the U.S. aircraft maker's lead over its European rival only got bigger. This is good news for Boeing -- but, as we'll see in a moment, it might be bad news for one of Boeing's favorite customers: the...
  • First China-Made Plane Coming To U.S. Skies

    11/17/2014 7:35:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2014 | Gordon Chang
    On Tuesday, on the eve of China’s 10th Zhuhai Airshow, California-based Coptervision placed an order for 20 Y-12s, a 19-seat turboprop. “This purchase marks the first time for any Chinese-made planes to enter an advanced market, and the U.S. has the highest standards, so this testifies to the achievement of Chinese aircraft manufacturing,” said Li Xianzhe of Avicopter to the South China Morning Post. Avicopter is the general aviation subsidiary of the Y-12’s manufacturer, Aviation Industry Corp. of China. Four of the Coptervision orders are for the Y-12F. This model, the most recent version of the Chinese workhorse, has not...
  • Pavlof Volcano

    11/16/2014 10:02:13 AM PST · by JimSEA · 7 replies ^ | 2014 | Hobart King
    Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in North America. In the past 100 years, Pavlof has erupted at least 24 times and may have erupted on several other occasions. The remote location and weather with limited visibility, combined with the fact that there are few local inhabitants, may have allowed some eruptions to go unconfirmed. Today, daily satellite monitoring and real-time data from instruments around the volcano bring a continuous stream of information to scientists. [1] Although there is very little human activity on the land immediately surrounding Pavlof, the sky above is heavily travelled. Each day at...
  • Here's Your Ebola Survival Guide For Airplanes, From The CDC

    10/02/2014 2:29:30 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    BI ^ | 10-2-2014 | Benjamin Zhang
    August 5, 2014 Benjamin Zhang On the heels of the worst outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in nearly 40 years — and the first case diagnosed in the U.S. — fears of the potential spread of the deadly virus through air travel have led to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines on how to deal with Ebola in the air. The Ebola Virus and its corresponding disease are spread through direct contact with the blood or contaminated bodily fluids of someone who is very sick. Direct contact may include emission of droplets into the...
  • An Air Force Plane Slated For The Scrap Heap Is Now On The Front Lines Against ISIS (A-10, Warthog)

    09/23/2014 1:00:09 PM PDT · by blam · 163 replies
    BI - International Business Times ^ | 9-23-2014 | Christopher Harress
    Christopher Harress, International Business Times September 23, 2014A-10 Warthog in Afghanistan As the U.S. begins bombing ISIS targets in Syria with a campaign of airstrikes that started Monday, a venerable airplane that was almost sent to the scrapyard joins the fight. The Pentagon will send a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft and up to 300 airmen to the Middle East in early October, to help in the conflict against the Islamic State group, the Indiana National Guard said. The deployment of the 40-year-old aircraft comes just four months after it was controversially saved from defense cuts by Congress, whose rationale...
  • Air Show Math

    09/14/2014 8:19:53 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    Vanity | 14 Sept. 2014 | Rey
    I home school a young girl. In years past, we have gone to the local air show and done such things as measure the tops and bottom of wings and rotos and figure the ratio or difference between the area of the top of the wing versus the bottom and estimated which wings had more lift than others. We measure how much area the wheels occupied on the ground and consulted with the crew chief what the tire pressure was and calculated the weight of the plane. In years past we were able to see F18s form a vapor cone...
  • Poverty-stricken men and 70 virgins

    09/08/2014 6:30:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 9/8/2014 | Ben Kinchlow
    I hate to sound like a recording glitch, but on several occasions I have attempted to point out that the people with whom we are in conflict in the Middle East don’t think like we think. The most dramatic evidence of this was the recent beheading of two journalists by ISIS, or ISIL, (whatever the current label) terrorists. Make no mistake, these are not patriots, freedom fighters or defenders of liberty; they are terrorists, pure and simple.
  • The Upright and Locked Position

    08/31/2014 4:51:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies ^ | August 31, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Aug. 24, United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after two passengers got into an argument. It started when a 47-year-old man used a device called the Knee Defender to prevent the 48-year-old woman in front of him from reclining her seat. According to The Associated Press, a flight attendant told the male passenger that United does not allow the bracketlike gadget. He refused to remove it. The female passenger then threw water at the male passenger, which probably didn't thrill the passengers seated next to him. (He was in the middle seat.) The airliner's...
  • The World Has 53.3 Years of Oil Left

    06/28/2014 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 6-22-2014 | Matt DiLallo
    BP (ticker BP ) has provided an intriguing update to its global oil reserves estimate in the company's latest yearly review of energy statistics. BP raised its reserve estimate by 1.1% to 1,687.9 billion barrels, which is enough oil to last the world 53.3 years at the current production rates. However, there's likely a lot more oil left in the tank beyond what BP sees today. A good portion of the growth in global oil reserves in BP's report comes from the United States. According to BP, the U.S. has 44.2 billion barrels of oil reserves, which is 26% higher...
  • Thought-controlled planes are in our future

    05/31/2014 9:35:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Allison Barrie
    Why pilot a plane with your hands and feet when you can do it with your brain? Thought-controlled flight could be arriving soon, according to the EU-funded “BrainFlight” project. A team of scientists from the Institute for Flight System Dynamics and the Berlin Institute of Technology says it has translated brain impulses into control commands, enabling pilots in a plane simulator to achieve a range of remarkably precise maneuvers without touching the controls or pedals. Wearing a cap with lots of cables attached, pilots in the simulator were able to land a plane simply by looking at the screen and...
  • US Airways flight makes emergency landing after dog poops in the aisle twice

    05/30/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by windcliff · 125 replies
    UPI ^ | 5-30-14 | Evan Bleier
    KANSAS CITY, Miss., May 30 (UPI) --A US Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City after a service dog started pooping in the aisle and the flight crew was unable to contain the mess. The passengers aboard US Airways Flight 598 could only sit back and watch while a big dog defecated in the aisle not once, but twice. After the dog went to the bathroom for the first time about an hour into the flight, the crew did their best to deal with the mess but they were unable...
  • 3D Printing continuous carbon fiber composites?

    05/01/2014 4:21:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Composites World ^ | May 1, 2014 | Sara Black
    Additive manufacturing startup MarkForged aims to make it happen and is already marketing systems. Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the hottest areas in parts fabrication. Interest is high, research dollars are being spent and company stocks are attracting investor attention. Why? First, because AM has moved beyond its initial role as a prototyping tool to a process that can build finished parts. AM technologies — stereolithography, fused deposition modeling (FDM), laser sintering (LS), material extrusion, direct metal deposition and more (see "The rise of rapid manufacturing," under “Editor's Picks,” at top right) — were able from their beginnings to...
  • Couple spend £40,000 transforming the first floor of their terraced home into a Boeing 737

    03/07/2014 4:40:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 7, 2014 | Emma Glanfield
    Two up in the air, two down? Couple spend £40,000 transforming the first floor of their terraced home into a Boeing 737 aeroplane…and it has got so big they are moving it to an industrial unit A couple who are obsessed with aeroplanes have spent £40,000 turning the upstairs of their terraced home into an exact replica of a Boeing 737. Steve and Vicky Everson, from Bacup, Lancashire, transformed the first floor of their house into an aeroplane complete with a cockpit and flight deck. Their passion for aviation started around five years ago after they redesigned the spare room...
  • Top 10 Greatest Airplane Movies

    02/28/2014 10:54:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 185 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 28, 2014 |
    Excitement always seems to happen at ten thousand feet! Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 greatest airplane movies. Special thanks to our users viliguns and Andy Roehl for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at! Check out the voting page here,
  • Watch terrifying moment passenger jet has to ditch landing after turning SIDEWAYS due to high winds

    12/06/2013 4:42:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 57 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | December 6, 2013
    This is the terrifying moment a plane almost landed sideways as ferocious winds hit the UK yesterday (Thurs). Passengers told how they watched the drama unfold on the TV screens on the plane. Some started vomiting as the pilot struggled to control the 777.
  • Boeing Scores $100B in Orders at Airshow, Inks New Supply Deal

    11/18/2013 8:28:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    FOX Business ^ | November 18, 2013 | Jennifer Booten
    Shares of Boeing (BA) climbed into the green early Monday after the jet maker unveiled fresh orders for its upcoming 777x and struck a new supply deal with a major firm in the United Arab Emirates. The Chicago-based Dreamliner maker racked up roughly $100 billion in orders with Middle Eastern carriers on the first day of the 2013 Dubai Airshow. The 342 orders in the fast-growing market doubled those awarded to rival Airbus.
  • Man Caught with Bomb-Making Materials Trying to Board LAX-Bound Flight

    10/29/2013 6:23:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Marina del Rey Patch ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Craign Clough
    Antony Piazza is stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning. Piazza was stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning when bomb components -- but no actual explosives -- were found in his carry-on luggage, and his duplex in the Montreal suburb of La Salle was searched, according to media reports from Montreal. Antony Piazza, who changed his name from Houshang Nazemi in 1986, ... A native of Tehran, Iran, Piazza moved to Canada in 1979. In 1985, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, according to CBC News...
  • Boeing Soars on Strong Demand for New Planes

    10/23/2013 4:39:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 23, 2013
    Boeing is riding a wave of demand for new fuel-efficient planes from airlines around the globe. Now the trick is to build them fast enough. With a backlog of orders worth $344 billion, Boeing has been speeding up production of its big commercial planes. It now says it will boost output of the new 787 by 40 percent by the end of the decade. On Wednesday, Boeing reported a better-than-expected third-quarter profit and raised its full-year outlook. Its shares hit an all-time high.
  • Lasers From Ground Distract Two Pilots Landing At LaGuardia

    10/18/2013 11:18:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NY1 ^ | 10/19 | Steve Kastenbaum
    The last thing a pilot needs is a distraction during those critical moments right before landing a plane. But lately, it's been happening with an alarming frequency. At 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, a Shuttle America pilot headed toward LaGuardia said a green laser lit up the cockpit when he was about six miles from the runway. The FBI says the light seemed to come from near the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Then, about three hours later, the pilot of a private plane reported a similar incident, with the light shining from Broadway and Steinway Street in Queens. The FBI says...
  • Lasers Aimed at Passenger Jets, Helicopter Near Newark Airport

    08/18/2013 11:15:05 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | nbc
    Lasers can blind or distract pilots, and laser strikes have increased in the United States as hand-held pointers have become cheaper and more powerful. Manufacturers have also introduced green lasers, which are more visible than red ones. Nearly 3,500 aircraft nationwide were targeted with laser pointers in 2012, up from 2,836 in 2010. More than 65 were in New Jersey.
  • Missing Airplanes Data Has FAA Scrambling to Get Control of a Huge Problem

    08/03/2013 9:58:44 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2010 | Chris Hawley, Associated Press
    The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files.About 119,000 of the aircraft on the U.S....
  • United Airlines to install 'winglets' on planes to save fuel

    07/22/2013 6:29:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 77 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2013 | Hugo Martin
    With airlines operating on razor-thin profit margins, carriers are pulling out all the stops to cut costs. The latest example is United Airlines, which plans to install new angled tips to the ends of the wings on more than 140 of its 737-model jets beginning next year.
  • A Japan Airlines Boeing Dreamliner Just Made A U-Turn Mid-Flight

    07/18/2013 3:24:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 18, 2013
    A Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner flying from Boston to Tokyo turned around not long after taking off and has returned safely to Boston:
  • 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...
  • Freep a Poll!(Do you think the TSA should allow small knives on airplanes?)

    06/06/2013 3:44:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies ^ | 6-6-13 | LA Daily News
    Thursday's Poll Do you think the TSA should allow small knives on airplanes? Yes No
  • A $60,000 Personal Jet

    05/27/2013 11:06:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Retro Thing Blog ^ | December 2012 | James Grahame
    Since 1998, they have introduced a range or piston driven light aircraft that have proven popular with kit enthusiasts -- the two-place Sonex, Y-tail Waiex and the Onex single-seater. Now they've unveiled the jet-powered SubSonex. The "pre-prototype" SubSonex JSX-1 has been flying since August, 2011. It looks like its piston relatives, except that instead of a propeller, a surprisingly compact PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine is mounted on the top rear of the fuselage, directly in front of the distinctive Waiex Y tail. The TJ-100 puts out only 247 pounds of thrust, but that's enough to propel this tiny 400 lb...
  • Boeing CEO says 787 grounding didn't have big financial impact

    04/29/2013 11:48:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 29, 2013 | Gregory Karp
    Just days after Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was officially cleared to fly by U.S. regulators, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said the plane's 100-day grounding did not and will not have a significant financial impact on the Chicago-based aircraft maker. McNerney, speaking after Chicago-based Boeing's annual meeting at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago on Monday, said some fixes are "big and huge and others are less financially impactful."
  • Miracle escape for 108 passengers as plane overshoots runway and lands in the SEA in Bali

    04/13/2013 7:46:06 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 13, 2013 | Anthony Bond and Richard Shears
    More than 100 passengers had a miracle escape today after a plane overshot a runway off the coast of Bali and crashed into the sea. Eyewitnesses said passengers fearing for their lives screamed in panic as the Lion Air jet overshot the runway at Ngurah Rai Airport, near Denparsar. The aircraft, carrying 101 passengers and seven crew members - then fell into the sea from a height of about 50 metres.
  • Amazing video: Spanish Air Force 43rd Group

    10/01/2012 5:32:43 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 26 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Sept 1, 2012 | Hidros (video poster)
    A friend, who's a US commercial airlines pilot, sent this video to me, and it's just amazing. The skill of a water take-off, water-dump on fires, a water landing and re-filling, and taking-off again, probably dozens and hundreds of times, is absolutely amazing. Looks like 3+ -aircraft involved. The photography/video is beautifully done. This is the Spanish AF, though I've not see any USAF videos of this, but a few films of private firms dumping a reddish fire retardant on the western fires this past summer. I can't even begin to imagine the skill this takes. Anyway, enjoy it and...
  • Boeing locks in biggest plane order ever, valued at $22.4 billion, with Indonesia’s Lion Air

    02/14/2012 6:40:00 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012
    NEW YORK — Boeing has locked in its biggest order ever. The Chicago airplane manufacturer said Tuesday that it has finalized an order from Indonesian carrier Lion Air for 230 planes — worth a combined $22.4 billion. Lion Air also has the rights to buy 150 more. The deal is the largest commercial airplane order ever for Boeing Co. by both dollar value and number of airplanes.
  • United Airlines fleet through the years

    02/01/2012 7:36:13 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    As United Airlines retires its last Boeing 737, the Tribune looks back at some of the aircraft the carrier has used from its start as the nation's first coast-to-coast mail and passenger service.
  • World's biggest super-jumbos must be GROUNDED, say engineers

    01/09/2012 8:16:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Australian aircraft engineers have called for Airbus A380 - the world's biggest passenger aircraft - to be grounded, after Singapore Airlines and Qantas found cracks in the wings of their super-jumbos. 'We can't continue to gamble with people's lives and allow those aircraft to fly around and hope that they make it until their four-yearly inspection,' said Steve Purvinas, secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association.
  • Boeing to pick up $21.7 billion order for 737s

    11/17/2011 9:19:09 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | November 17, 2011 | Christopher Hinton
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Boeing Co. said Thursday that it was about to receive its largest order in company history by dollar value, just three days after breaking its previous record. The Chicago-based manufacturer said Jakarta-based Lion Air intends to sign a commitment to purchase 201 737 jets and 29 737-900 extended range planes valued at $21.7 billion.
  • Fast-growing airline Emirates orders 50 more Boeing 777s in record $18 billion deal

    11/13/2011 8:40:43 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    AP ^ | November 13, 2011 | ADAM SCHRECK
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's fast-growing airline Emirates kicked off the Middle East's biggest airshow Sunday with a huge order for 50 Boeing 777s, marking the U.S. aircraft maker's biggest-ever single order in dollar terms.
  • Boeing 787's inaugural flight lands in Hong Kong

    10/26/2011 8:09:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 26, 2011
    After a delay of more than three years, Boeing's much-hyped newest jet, the 787, made its first commercial flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong -- and landed on-time. The All Nippon Airways flight was packed mostly with aviation reporters and enthusiasts, some of whom paid thousands of dollars for the privilege and treated the experience like a rock concert, clapping after lift-off and snapping photos for posterity.
  • Private planes, private no more

    08/25/2011 1:04:07 PM PDT · by US_MilitaryRules · 130 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-24-2011 | Steve Chapman
    "Both general aviation and commercial aircraft use the public airspace and air traffic control facilities, and the public has a right to information about their activities." Oh, please. We all use public streets and sidewalks, which doesn't mean the police have a right to monitor our movements and let the world know where we go.
  • FAA Work Stoppages Increase

    07/27/2011 1:49:41 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 6 replies
    Journal of Commerce ^ | July 27, 2011 | Mark Szakonyi
    Partial shutdown stalls aviation construction projects across the country Work stoppages are spreading among aviation construction projects across the country and construction workers are being sent home, due to a continuing fight in Washington over funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The stoppages come after nearly 4,000 FAA employees were furloughed on Saturday because the U.S. House failed to reauthorize the FAA the day before. The halting of work will increase the cost of the projects and could delay their completion, but it won’t affect air service, the FAA said. “People are out of work and the FAA cannot conduct necessary...
  • American Airlines to buy 460 new planes

    07/20/2011 7:33:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CBS/AP ^ | July 20, 2011
    (CBS/AP) FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years and splitting the order between aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus. American's parent, AMR Corp., said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing. It will also take options and purchase rights for up to 465 additional planes through 2025.
  • Two Delta jets collide on Logan runway

    07/14/2011 5:37:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 14, 2011 | O’Ryan Johnson And Joe Dwinell
    Two Delta jets have collided on a runway at Logan International Airport tonight while they were taxing for takeoff, a Massport official tells the Herald. No injuries are being reported.
  • Jumbo jet forced to make screeching halt at JFK to avoid Egypt Air plane

    06/22/2011 7:32:06 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 22, 2011
    A Jumbo jet, with 286 passengers on board, had a terrifying near miss when it was forced to screech to a halt to avoid colliding with another plane that had turned into its path. The Lufthansa Boeing 747 was accelerating along a runway as it prepared to take off at Kennedy Airport, New York, when it narrowly avoided slamming into an EgyptAir Boeing 777.
  • What People Look Like When Their Plane Is About to Crash

    05/19/2011 12:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | May 18, 2011 | Adam Clark Estes
    If you're afraid of flying, reading this post may or may not make it worse. On one hand it describes a story about the smell of a burning plane engine, the expressions of encumbered panic and the experience of coming to terms with death. On the other hand, everybody lives! Reuters photographer Beiwharta had just started to fall asleep on a flight with his family from Singapore to Jakarta when two loud bangs jolted him into a frightening reality. Based on Beiwharta's account of what came next, the activity on a crashing plane is just like you might imagine. The...
  • Trusted Traveler Program Lets Mexicans Skip Airport Security

    12/09/2010 12:58:28 PM PST · by La Lydia · 80 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 9, 2010
    As violent drug cartels take over Mexico and expand their criminal enterprises north, the United States has signed a “trusted traveler” agreement that allows pre-screened Mexican airline passengers to bypass lengthy airport security checkpoints. The foreigners will get “trusted traveler cards” with fingerprints and other biometric data and they must answer customs declarations questions on touch-screen kiosks before leaving airport inspection areas. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims it’s a way to enhance information sharing and mutual security in the face of “ever-evolving, multinational threats.” About 84 million Mexicans are expected to qualify for the trusted traveler program, according to...
  • FAA missing key data on 119,000 planes

    12/09/2010 11:39:09 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 26 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 10, 2010 | CHRIS HAWLEY
    NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Administration's aircraft registry is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial planes in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers. The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files. About...
  • Airport Security: Let's Profile Muslims (says the Muslim author)

    11/29/2010 1:20:04 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/29/2010 | Asra Q. Nomani
    In the wake of yet another Muslim terror plot, we can't ignore the threat profile any longer—or the solution. Asra Q. Nomani argues the case for religious and racial profiling. For all those holiday travelers negotiating the Transportation Security Administration’s new cop-a-feel strategy, there is a difficult solution we need to consider: racial and religious profiling. As an American Muslim, I’ve come to recognize, sadly, that there is one common denominator defining those who’ve got their eyes trained on U.S. targets: MANY of them are Muslim—like the Somali-born teenager arrested Friday night for a reported plot to detonate a car...
  • Made-in-China airplanes may undermine sales of Russian high quality jets

    07/05/2010 9:16:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 3+ views
    RT ^ | 7/5/2010 |
    Russian and Chinese weapons manufacturers are clashing head on within the international arms market as China’s new fighter jet seems to be a cheaper imitation of the Russian original. The deal is facing opposition from Russian aircraft manufacturers, such as Mikhail Pogosyan, the head of the MiG and Sukhoi aviation holding, who said that the FC-1 is extremely close, if not the same, as the Russian-made MiG-29. Pogosyan claimed that FC-1 is a direct competitor to Russia's MiG-29 and the deal would incur losses for the Russian manufacturers. A source quoted by the Kommersant newspaper said there are significant price...
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit

    06/25/2010 3:42:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 24, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 3:08 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend and partner, President Medvedev, and I want to thank him again for his leadership, especially his vision for an innovative Russia that’s modernizing its economy, including deeper economic ties between our...
  • DHS performs 100 percent watchlist matching for domestic flights

    06/14/2010 5:38:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 173+ views ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: DHS performs 100 percent watchlist matching for domestic flights Washington, D.C.—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that 100 percent of passengers traveling within the United States and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program—a major step in fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation. Before Secure Flight, airlines conducted passenger watchlist checking. “Secure Flight fulfills a key recommendation of the of the 9/11 Commission Report, enabling TSA to screen passengers directly against government watchlists using passenger name, date of...
  • BA Worker Charged in Bomb Plot

    03/11/2010 9:10:23 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 12 replies · 451+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-11-10 | The Wall Street Journal via AP
    LONDON—A British Airways computer expert was charged Thursday with plotting suicide bombings—including one he allegedly planned to carry out himself. Prosecutor Colin Gibbs alleged that Bangladesh-born Rajib Karim deliberately sought a job with the airline in order to further an unspecified terrorist conspiracy. Mr. Gibbs told the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court that the 30-year-old plotted with unidentified contacts in his home country, Pakistan, and Yemen over the past four years. He said that Mr. Karim shared information about his work, including British Airways' security measures. Mr. Gibbs also said that Mr. Karim had offered to join the airline's cabin...

    02/22/2010 5:51:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 280+ views
    INTERNET ^ | February 22, 2010 | n/a
    22 February 2010 "JIHADIS REFLECT ON THE AUSTIN, TX ATTACK*" SNIPPET: "They seem to have confused the IRS and the CIA - nevertheless, you may be sure they learned the important lesson, namely that even a small aircraft loaded with fuel can destroy a reasonably large building."