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  • MH370 mystery ‘almost certainly’ murder-suicide plot, former PM Tony Abbott says

    02/21/2020 6:56:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | 02/19/2020 | Alle McMahon
    Speaking in a new documentary set to air this week, the former leader, who was PM when the plane disappeared over the South China Sea in 2014, said it was made “crystal clear” to him within a week that the aircraft was almost certainly deliberately downed by the pilot. “My understanding – my very clear understanding – from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here they thought it was a murder-suicide by the pilot,” Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was carrying 239 people including six Australians when it disappeared about 40 minutes...
  • Joby Aviation to Continue Testing, Building Air Taxis at Marina Airport

    02/20/2020 4:16:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KSBW ^ | Feb 19, 2020 | Christopher Salas
    The Marina City Council voted to approve the conditional use permit that allows Joby Aviation to test their prototype air taxis at the airport. The company wants to build a 580-thousand square foot manufacturing facility at the airport that will provide as many as 1,600 jobs to the regionThe Marina City Council voted to approve the conditional use permit that allows Joby Aviation to test their prototype air taxis at the airport. The company wants to build a 580-thousand square foot manufacturing facility at the airport that will provide as many as 1,600 jobs to the region
  • Boeing finds debris left in new 737 MAXes, now in storage

    02/19/2020 6:31:58 AM PST · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 21 replies
    Leeham News and Analysis ^ | Feb. 18, 2020 | Scott Hamilton
    Boeing recently discovered some of its stored 737 MAXes have foreign objects in the fuel tanks. The entire fleet of 400+ newly produced but undelivered MAXes is being inspected. Foreign objects, called foreign object debris (FOD) in aviation parlance, consist of tools or rags. FOD has been found in the fuel tanks of some MAXes. MAXes are stored at four locations in Washington State and in San Antonio (TX). It’s unlikely that the FOD inspections will delay recertification or testing of the MAX. The FAA was informed by Boeing. It takes up to three days to inspect each airplane, LNA...
  • Boeing 737 cockpit screens go blank if pilots land on specific runways

    02/17/2020 11:45:33 AM PST · by pa_dweller · 76 replies
    The Register ^ | 1/8/20 | Gareth Corfield
    Boeing's 737 Next Generation airliners have been struck by a peculiar software flaw that blanks the airliners' cockpit screens if pilots dare attempt a westwards landing at specific airports. Amid the various well-reported woes facing America's largest airframe maker, yet another one has emerged from the US Federal Aviation Administration; a bug that causes all pilots' display screens in the 737-NG airliner family to simply go blank.
  • Pilots' skill captured as they land A380 plane sideways in Storm Dennis at Heathrow

    02/16/2020 9:42:30 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 101 replies
    Sky News ^ | 16 February 2020 | Alix Culbertson
    The skill of two pilots was captured on video as they landed the world's largest passenger plane sideways while battling heavy crosswinds at Heathrow Airport. The Etihad Airbus A380, which is flown by two pilots, can be seen hovering metres above the tarmac as it attempted to touchdown on Saturday during Storm Dennis.
  • New Life For Cold War Ghosts (Russian Hilarity)

    02/15/2020 7:13:35 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 7 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | February 15, 2020 | Strategy Page
    The Russian Air Force is receiving six more MiG-31BM jet fighters, which apparently means the manufacturer has found and fixed the problems that this latest version of the MiG-31 was having. These are not new aircraft but refurbished and upgrades of existing MiG-31s. Russia wants to keep its elderly (production ended in 1994) MiG-31s in service until at least 2030 but to do that they had to be refurbished and upgraded to the MiG-31BM standard. The upgrade process began in 2010 but was halted in 2016 because of the accidents. Apparently the MiG-3BM upgrades resumed by 2018 but only a...
  • British Airways Boeing 747 Hits a Record 825 MPH During NYC-London Trip

    02/09/2020 3:27:05 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 105 replies
    The Drive ^ | 9 Feb 2020 | CALEB JACOBS
    With a little help from a massive tailwind, of course. British Airways Boeing 747 traveled from New York to London in just four hours and 56 minutes, hitting a top ground speed of 825 miles per hour and setting a subsonic flight record for the route. That 250+ mph tailwind meant that the 747’s true airspeed was still below the speed of sound, but that doesn’t take away from how incredible it is to get across the Atlantic in just over four hours. It should be mentioned that while flight BA112 smashed the subsonic record, the fastest time from NYC...
  • Yes, Russia Once Had Its Own Version of the SR-71 Blackbird

    02/08/2020 6:51:49 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 67 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 7 Feb 2020 | Sebastien Roblin
    Yes, Russia Once Had Its Own Version of the SR-71 Blackbird How did it end? ...Still, brilliant Soviet engineer Pavel Tsybin came close to developing a “Soviet Blackbird”—though it, in fact, predated the A-12/Blackbird by several years and was originally conceived as a nuclear bomber. By 1957, OKB-256 had built an NM-1 three-quarter-scale demonstrator equipped with two Mikulin AM-5 turbojets instead. After multiple delays, the subsonic test model made the first of 32 test flights on April 7, 1959. These revealed the airframe’s unstable takeoff handling and flight characteristics—meaning the jet needed to be re-engineered. Supposedly, three or five RSR-020s...
  • Helicopter Nearly Cleared Blinding Clouds Before Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant, 8 Others: NTSB

    02/08/2020 6:57:41 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 77 replies
    KTLA NEWS ^ | February 7, 2020 | Jennifer McGraw
    The pilot of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when he suddenly plunged and crashed into a Southern California hillside, investigators and aviation experts indicated. Ara Zobayan had told air traffic control he was climbing to 4,000 feet and he rose to 2,300 feet, according to an investigative update released Friday from the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter was just 100 feet from the cloud tops and conceivably would have broken through into clear air in a matter of seconds. Air traffic controllers had advised Zobayan that the...
  • Russia Says Syrian Air Defenses Nearly Hit Airliner Near Damascus

    02/07/2020 8:57:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    An Airbus A320 airliner with 172 passengers on board has made an emergency landing in the Russian-controlled Khmeimim air base after Syrian air defenses nearly hit it, Russian news agencies have quoted a Defense Ministry spokesman as saying. The Syrian air defenses were trying to repulse an Israeli attack near Damascus, Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying on February 7. According to Konashenkov, after 2 a.m., four Israeli F-16 fighter jets fired at targets in the suburbs of Damascus without entering Syrian airspace. During the attack, a passenger plane with 172 passengers on board en route from Tehran to Damascus...
  • Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific asks all 27,000 employees to take turns on three weeks unpaid leave

    02/05/2020 3:21:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | February 5, 2020 | by Danny Lee
    Cathay Pacific is asking all of its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave over the coming months, the company’s CEO told staff on Wednesday, as Hong Kong’s flagship carrier reels from the impact of the deadly coronavirus on air travel. “I am appealing to each and every one of you to help,” said Augustus Tang Kin-wing in a taped video recording, adding the situation the company faced was “just as grave” as the global financial crisis of 2009. “Preserving our cash is now key to protecting our business,” he said. Cathay wants staff to take leave on...
  • Commercial Pilot Films UFO Flying Near Plane

    02/05/2020 9:15:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    iHeart Radio ^ | 02/03/2020 | Dave Basner
    Airline pilots see plenty of weird things while flying passengers from one place to another, but most of it occurs in the plane's cabin. However, what one pilot spotted outside of his plane has a lot of people talking. His name is Cesar and he flies Airbus A320s for Viva Air, a low-cost Colombian airline. While soaring over Medellin recently, Cesar saw a strange craft and decided to film it. He then shared the footage on TikTok. Skeptics claim it is just a weather balloon and isn't even moving - it just looks to be speeding along because of the...
  • The reason Army helicopters are named after native tribes will make you smile

    02/03/2020 10:33:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies ^ | Dec. 03, 2017 08:02PM EST | Harold C. Hutchison
    The Army's helicopters have a number of names you recognize immediately: Apache, Black Hawk, Kiowa, Lakota, Comanche. They are also known as the names of Native American tribes. This is not a coincidence. According to, this was originally due to Army Regulation 70-28, which has since been rescinded. Today, while the regulation is gone, the tradition remains, and there is a procedure to pick a new name. The Bureau of Indian Affairs keeps a list of names for the Army to use. When the Army gets a new helicopter (or fixed-wing aircraft), the commanding officer of the Army Material...
  • Bernie Leads 2020 Field in Private Jet Spending

    02/02/2020 8:25:14 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 1,2020 | BRENT SCHER
    The Bernie Sanders campaign spent just under $1.2 million on private jet travel last quarter, outpacing the entire 2020 Democratic presidential primary field. The most recent filing from Sanders reveals $1,199,579 in spending during the final three months of 2019 to Apollo Jets, LLC, a "luxury private jet charter service." The campaign spent an additional $23,941 for transportation to Virginia-based Advanced Aviation Team. The candidate who comes closest to matching Sanders in private jet spending was former vice president Joe Biden, whose campaign spent $1,040,698 to Advanced Aviation Team last quarter. Traveling by private jet is estimated to produce roughly...
  • XQ-58A Valkyrie combat drone returns to flight after landing mishap [beautiful!]

    01/31/2020 12:09:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    New Atlas ^ | January 29, 2020 | By David Szondy
    The XQ-5A Valkyrie on a 2019 test flight AFRL ____________________________________________________________________ The jet-powered XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator drone has returned to the air three months after being damaged in a landing mishap. On January 23, the unmanned aircraft being developed by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions completed its fourth flight test at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. The fourth in a planned schedule of five flights, the most recent test was designed to push the performance envelope of the Valkyrie. In particular, the flight took the drone to its highest altitude yet as engineers collected...
  • American Airlines and Delta to stop ALL flights to China next week for at least one MONTH due to deadly coronavirus in unprecedented move

    01/31/2020 9:16:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2020 | Ralph R. Ortega
    American and Delta Airlines announced they are suspending flights to China in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak which has killed more than 200 people. American suspended all flights to China Friday through March 27, while Delta was to stop service next week. Delta said it is suspending all of its US flights to China starting this upcoming Wednesday, due to 'ongoing concerns' over the coronavirus. The flight ban will last until April 30, the US carrier says.
  • Pilot In Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Wasn’t Allowed To Fly By Instruments

    01/30/2020 7:15:21 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 114 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/29/20 | Jeremy Bogaisky
    The helicopter that crashed Sunday killing basketball star Kobe Bryant and eight others was owned by a charter company that only operated under visual flight rules, and its pilots were not permitted to fly solely based on their cockpit gauges if they encountered weather that limited visibility, a former pilot for the company told Forbes. The pilot of the doomed flight, Ara Zobayan, was licensed to fly by cockpit instruments, but he likely had little real-world experience in doing so given the operating limitations of Island Express Helicopters, says Kurt Deetz, a former pilot for the company who flew Bryant...
  • U.S. Air Force E-11A aircraft crashed in south-west Afghanistan

    01/27/2020 11:23:41 AM PST · by nuconvert · 40 replies
    Defence ^ | January 27, 2020
    A mystery plane crashed Monday in Taliban-held territory in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, south of the capital, Afghan officials said. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the plane. Ariana Afghan Airlines denied reports that it was one of its passenger jets that had come down. Provincial government spokesman Arif Noori told CBS News’ Ahmad Mukhtar the plane appeared to have been a flight between the southern city of Kandahar and the capital Kabul, about 200 miles to the north. Ghazni province is between those two locations Noori said the body of two pilots was found at...
  • Kobe's Sikorsky appeared to be climbing and turning around

    01/26/2020 2:53:27 PM PST · by Duke C. · 224 replies
    According to the ADSB transponder data he was following the 101 Fwy to Thousand Oaks. Then suddenly turned and dropped rapidly. Last data point shows he was dropping at 4,000 FPM which is pretty extreme...
  • Boeing's huge 777-9X airplane takes its first flight

    01/26/2020 1:19:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    cnn ^ | 01/26/2020 | Chris Sloan
    The world's longest and largest twin-engine airliner, the Boeing 777-9X, has finally taken to the skies for its maiden flight, offering a ray of hope for the troubled US aviation company following months of grim headlines. After days of abysmal weather, airplane WH-001 took from Paine Field, home of Boeing's wide-body factory, north of Seattle, on Saturday morning. The flight had been postponed twice earlier in the week because of poor conditions, but as the aircraft taxied past the press viewing area ahead of takeoff, a rainbow appeared -- perhaps offering a positive portent. When the moment did finally arrive,...