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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.
  • 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?'
  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • Fanning: Air Force Having Trouble Keeping Pilots, and Pay Isn’t the Problem

    11/16/2013 9:13:16 AM PST · by Sequoyah101 · 55 replies
    Defense One ^ | 11-14-2013 | Tom Shoop
    The Air Force is offering big bonuses to keep its pilots in the service, but they’re not taking them because budget constraints are forcing the service to limit both current flying hours and opportunities to fly the next generation of aircraft,...
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Harassed By The DHS

    09/13/2013 11:42:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies ^ | 9/13/13 | Nachum Marks
    Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) are reporting that they are being "stopped, questioned, and searched" without cause by armed agents from the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection agency and "other law enforcement agencies". An email went out to members detailing the searches and a request for donations. The letter does not address the legality of such serarches or the expansion of intrusion into Americans lives. Below is the text of the letter Dear _________, Over the past few months, AOPA has received more and more reports of pilots like you being stopped, questioned,...
  • Low-down on Korean pilots (re Asiana crash)

    07/10/2013 7:58:51 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 48 replies
    Professional Pilots Rumour Network ^ | 9th Jul 2013, 19:53 | Expat trainer
    After I retired from UAL as a Standards Captain on the -400, I got a job as a simulator instructor working for Alteon (a Boeing subsidiary) at Asiana. When I first got there, I was shocked and surprised by the lack of basic piloting skills shown by most of the pilots. It is not a normal situation with normal progression from new hire, right seat, left seat taking a decade or two. One big difference is that ex-Military pilots are given super-seniority and progress to the left seat much faster. Compared to the US, they also upgrade fairly rapidly because...
  • No drug, alcohol testing done on crew after crash

    07/10/2013 3:10:37 PM PDT · by oxcart · 15 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 07/10/13 | Kevin Robillard
    U.S. authorities couldn’t perform drug or alcohol tests on the four pilots who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport — a lapse that will complicate efforts to figure out why they were seemingly unaware that the plane was coming in too slowly and too low. Those were the latest revelations Tuesday from National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Debbie Hersman, who said her agency and the Federal Aviation Administration couldn’t legally requirethe crew of the South Korea-based airline to submit to testing after the crash. That decision is left to the airline’s home country....
  • Feds Say: 'Pilots Have No Rights'

    06/14/2013 12:34:00 PM PDT · by CodeToad · 39 replies
    Flying Magazine Online ^ | Jun 13, 2013 | Robert Goyer
    Flying has obtained information from a law enforcement source about the federal program that detains pilots upon their arrival at their destination airports and searches their airplanes. Training for the program was conducted via an “aviation drug interdiction” class sponsored by HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), a government organization that is a conglomerate of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to fight, as the name implies, drug traffic. ...airplanes are approached often at gunpoint and usually by local law enforcement, who detain them until the Citation lands and federal agents arrive on scene. They are then ramp checked...
  • 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...
  • Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories

    05/22/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 21, 2013 | James Fallows
    Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories James Fallows May 21 2013 "My dad fought a war so this can never happen in America. I will not dishonor my father's memory by giving up what he fought for. No, sir. With all due respect, I will not consent to a search without a proper warrant." Over the weekend I related the story of Gabriel Silverstein, a businessman and pilot who for no apparent reason was subjected to a two-hour detention and invasive search by Homeland Security officials as he traveled across the country in his small plane. The picture...
  • Amazing tale of a desperate WWII pilot’s encounter with a German flying ace

    12/09/2012 5:23:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    On Dec. 20, 1943, a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working. They were returning from their first mission as a unit, the successful bombing of a German munitions factory. Of his crew members, one was dead and six wounded, and 2nd Lt. Brown was alone in his cockpit, the three unharmed men tending to the others. Brown’s B-17 had been attacked by 15 German planes and left for dead, and Brown himself had been knocked out in the assault,...
  • Airlines Face Acute Shortage of Pilots

    11/12/2012 8:46:40 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    wsj ^ | November 11, 2012 | SUSAN CAREY, JACK NICAS and ANDY PASZTOR
    U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements. Federal mandates taking effect next summer will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience—six times the current minimum—raising the cost and time to train new fliers in an era when pay cuts and more-demanding schedules already have made the profession less attractive. Meanwhile, thousands of senior pilots at major airlines soon will start hitting the...
  • Legal Forum: Investigate Petition Calling on Pilots to Refuse

    08/16/2012 5:31:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has asked the Attorney General and Legal Advisor to the Government, Yehuda Weinstein, to launch a criminal investigation against the people who signed a petition calling on IAF pilots to refuse orders if they are told to attack Iran. A letter from the Forum's representative, Attorney Yossi Fuchs, mentions that according to media reports, 400 people, including senior members of academia, have signed the letter. Fuchs quotes Article 110 in the criminal code that says that "whoever incited or tried to persuade a person serving in the armed forces to disobey a...
  • Pilot’s Bill of Rights awaits President’s signature (fat chance)

    08/03/2012 12:39:01 PM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    GA News ^ | 8/3/12 | Wood
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pilot’s Bill of Rights, which made it through the legislative process in “record time,” according to an official with the Experimental Aircraft Association, has been approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives and is now on President Obama’s desk awaiting his signature. The president has 10 days from the time it made it to his desk on July 26 to sign the bill, said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and a CFI with more than 10,000 hours who introduced the bill. “We have every reason to...
  • Low-flying Brazilian air force pilots shatter every window of the country's Supreme Court (video)

    07/02/2012 7:45:38 PM PDT · by rawhide · 52 replies ^ | 7-2-12 | Damien Gayle
    Two Brazilian air force pilots could be collared by the long arm of the law after making a low-altitude supersonic fly pass which shattered every window of Brazil's Supreme Court. If they know what's good for them, it might be a good idea to keep flying and put as much distance between them and the angry lawyers inside the blown-out building Swooping low over the structure housing the Supremo Tribunal Federal in Brasilia, the two French-made Mirage 2000 jets generated a massive shockwave - destroying the building's glass facade. The war planes had been taking part in the ceremony of...
  • Southwest Virginia spy pilot will posthumously receive Silver Star 50 years after being shot down

    06/07/2012 5:16:25 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Famed Southwest Virginia spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers will posthumously receive the Silver Star next week in honor of his captivity in the Soviet Union more than 50 years ago.
  • Killer at 70,000 Feet

    04/05/2012 1:28:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Mark Betancourt
    U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Henry thought the tiny red dots on his skin were insect bites. But as he relaxed at a Florida beach house with a fellow pilot on a day off in 1990, he noticed he was the only one getting bitten. Henry wouldn’t learn until later that the dots were capillaries breaking under the strain of nitrogen bubbles that had formed during his latest flight in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, 10 hours earlier. He would find out the hard way how much worse it could get. Henry had been flying the U-2 since 1987, and...
  • F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

    04/04/2012 12:20:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    USAF Web Site ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mitch Gettle
    Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the aircrafts' on-board oxygen generation systems and briefed its findings and recommendations in trying to determine a root cause for pilots experiencing unexplained physiological events with the F-22 Raptor. "From April 2008 until May 2011, the Air Force experienced 14 physiological incidents with the fleet of...
  • USAF vows to discover root cause of Raptor's maladies

    03/31/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/29/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) panel investigating a series of hypoxia-like incidents afflicting pilots flying the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has not discovered what is causing the problem, but service officials vow they will find the root cause. "I am convinced there is a root cause," says Maj Gen Charles Lyon, Air Combat Command's (ACC) director of operations. "I want everyone to know--particularly those who operate it and their families--we will not rest until we find that root cause." The USAF is continuing to test the F-22's life-support systems to try to determine what is still causing...
  • Armed pilots want to carry guns outside cockpits(poll needs freeping)

    01/23/2012 6:23:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 22 January, 2012 | Ken Kaye
    They're already allowed to carry guns in the cockpit, but many pilots say that's not enough to keep aviation as safe as it should be. They want police-like authority to holster a weapon all day long, whether they're at the controls, riding in back of a plane or eating lunch in a terminal. "That would put us in line with standard law enforcement," said Marcus Flagg, president of the Federal Flight Deck Officer Association, which represents thousands of armed pilots. He declined to say exactly how many pilots now carry guns, but he said the number is just behind the...
  • Ron Burgundy Rule (Why just regulate pilots? Make journalists show knowledge of history, economics)

    12/22/2011 4:21:02 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies ^ | 12.22.11
    "Must not say Osama instead of Obama..."
  • What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

    12/07/2011 9:55:38 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 66 replies
    For more than two years, the disappearance of Air France Flight 447 over the mid-Atlantic in the early hours of June 1, 2009, remained one of aviation's great mysteries. How could a technologically state-of-the art airliner simply vanish? With the wreckage and flight-data recorders lost beneath 2 miles of ocean, experts were forced to speculate using the only data available: a cryptic set of communications beamed automatically from the aircraft to the airline's maintenance center in France. As PM found in our cover story about the crash, published two years ago this month, the data implied that the plane had...
  • Pilots win 'sham-divorce' case against Continental

    07/20/2011 6:26:31 AM PDT · by rawhide · 26 replies ^ | 7-19-11 | DAVID KOENIG
    DALLAS — In a case involving Continental Airlines, a federal appeals court says benefit administrators don't have the power to decide whether employees' divorces are real or fake. Continental sued nine of its pilots, claiming that they got "sham" divorces so their ex-spouses could tap their lump-sum pensions while they still worked for the airline — then remarried the same partners. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower-court ruling that employers can't consider or investigate why employees get divorced or whether the divorce is genuine. The appeals court dismissed Continental's 2009 lawsuit, which was filed...
  • Pilots refuse to fly Independence Day atheist banners

    07/05/2011 10:16:10 AM PDT · by topher · 64 replies ^ | July 4, 2011 | by John Jalsevac
    Pilots refuse to fly Independence Day atheist banners by John Jalsevac July 4, 2011 ( – An atheist organization that sought to celebrate Independence Day by flying banners promoting atheism all across the United States nearly ran into a major snag – most of the pilots working for the advertizing company refused to fly the banners. USA Today reports that 4 out of 5 pilots working for Fly Signs Aerial Advertising refused to participate in the campaign, which involved banners saying, “God-less America,” and “Atheism is patriotic.” Only 17 of the company’s 85 pilots agreed to participate. USA Today quotes...
  • Vibrating cockpit seat proposed for pilot alerts

    02/22/2011 4:13:50 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 37 replies
    Flight International ^ | February 18, 2011 | David Kaminski-Morrow
    Aircraft DATE:18/02/11 SOURCE:Flight International Vibrating cockpit seat proposed for pilot alerts By David Kaminski-Morrow Boeing has floated the possibility of using vibrating cockpit seats as an alternative mechanism to visual and aural indicators on the flightdeck. Its suggestion is contained in a newly published patent document that details a proposal for a module mounted beneath the pilot's seat which, once triggered, would provide a tactile signal to the crew. While the document mentions various types of alerts requiring immediate pilot action - such as terrain-avoidance or stall-warning alarms - it says there are several other instances during flight where the...
  • Will The Next Generation Of Top Guns Be Gamer Geeks?

    02/08/2011 6:13:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 2/8/2011 | Kit Eaton
    The next generation of Top Guns may be gamer geeks. That's because the X-47B just took its very first flight, heralding a whole new era of military flying--automatic or remote-piloted, stealthy, deadly combat aircraft. Technically the X-47B is an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), but what it really is is an evolution of those Global Hawk and Predator drone aircraft that made the Iraq War look like a computer game when viewed at the military's tech hubs, mixed in with the same kind of stealth technology that makes the B-2 Spirit bomber such a powerful, frightening tool of force projection....
  • 'Flying Wild Alaska' hits the airwaves

    01/06/2011 6:34:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    Alaska ^ | Dec 29, 2010 | Van Williams
    'Flying Wild Alaska' hits the airwaves Van Williams | Arctic Sounder | Dec 29, 2010 For years, the Tweto family of Unalakleet took Alaskans to the air as owners of Era Aviation. Now, their story is hitting the TV airwaves, thanks to the Discovery Channel. Meet the unconventional family that rules Alaska's most dangerous skies in a new 10-part reality series, 'Flying Wild Alaska,' which premieres Friday, Jan. 14. Watch how their airline is a lifeline to the Bush by delivering key goods that otherwise wouldn't arrive. Where the road ends, the Tweto family's adventure begins. And it's all caught...
  • What The USAF Learned From Iraq

    11/17/2010 5:45:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/17/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Over a third of U.S. Air Force (active and reserve) have taken the new PT (Physical Training), and the results are better than expected. As of September, only 17.5 percent failed the test. It was only four months ago that the air force began enforcing new physical fitness standards. Initially, a little over 20 percent failed. The air force expected as many as 40 percent to flunk. Those who fail have 90 days to get ready for another try. An airman is subject to discharge if they fail two tests in a row, or four in 24 months. Each airman...
  • Air Force Seeks Neuroweapons To Enhance US Airmen's Minds and Confuse Foes

    11/03/2010 9:30:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 11/3/2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    Intelligent advanced aircraft is one thing, but if the Air Force wants to be in prime warfighting condition, its pilots had better come with advanced weaponry, too. That’s why the Air Force wants neuroweapons that can enhance airmen’s performance, while degrading the mental states of their foes. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing just updated a call for proposals that examine “Advances in Bioscience for Airmen Performance,” according to Wired's Danger Room. The initial announcement came out last November, but no one has yet come up with new stimulants that help airmen focus, or models that fuse...
  • Navy pilots under scrutiny for dip into Lake Tahoe

    09/24/2010 1:43:30 PM PDT · by South40 · 75 replies · 1+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 201 | JEANETTE STEELE
    Two Navy helicopters from North Island Naval Air Station were damaged, and their pilots are now grounded, after some bizarre flying over Lake Tahoe last week. A Navy spokesman confirmed Thursday that a video posted on YouTube is genuine footage of two MH-60 Romeo helicopters from North Island’s Helicopter Maritime Strike 41 squadron. The video shows the $33 million helicopters flying low over the lake. One seems to lose control, spinning and crashing into the water. The pilot then regains control and pulls the craft back into the air. The Navy wouldn’t identify the pilots or say whether the...
  • Gun Taken From Suicidal JetBlue Pilot in Crew Lounge

    05/23/2010 12:47:25 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 11 replies · 636+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2010 | EMILY FRIEDMAN
    A JetBlue pilot who was abruptly removed from duty in the crew lounge of Boston's Logan International Airport was carrying a gun, a Massachusetts State Police spokesman told ABC News. -snip - The pilot, whose name has not been released, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, officials said.
  • U.S. in first, plans to conduct military training of Afghans in Syria

    05/01/2010 4:43:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 641+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 4/30/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The administration of President Barack Obama has approved a project to train Afghan combat pilots in Syria. This is believed to be the first time that the U.S. military has included Syria in a training program. The United States has long refused to sell aircraft and combat systems to Damascus. The U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation has drafted a tender in which military cadets from Afghanistan would undergo courses in English and pilot-training in several Middle East and other Muslim states. The countries included Syria, which is on the State Department list of terrorist sponsors....
  • Depressed Pilots Can Fly on Medication, FAA Decides

    04/04/2010 1:57:58 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 585+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/3/2010 | Shirley S. Wang and Melanie Trottman
    The Federal Aviation Administration will let some pilots who take four popular antidepressants return to the skies, saying Friday that it is easing its long-standing ban on psychiatric medications. The old policy stemmed in part from concerns over possible side effects of psychiatric drugs, including sedation. But newer medications have fewer side effects, and pilots' associations have pressured the agency to reconsider the ban. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said some pilots with depression likely weren't being treated or were doing so in secret out of fear of losing their jobs. "We need to change the culture and remove the stigma...
  • Navy grounds pilots for low flyover at Tech football game

    03/22/2010 5:58:30 AM PDT · by rawhide · 46 replies · 1,487+ views ^ | 3-22-10 | By Larry Hartstein
    Two Navy fighter pilots have been grounded for their low flyover at a Georgia Tech football game in downtown Atlanta in November, according to several media reports. The aviators, identified by the Virginian-Pilot newspaper as Lt. Cmdr. Marc Fryman and Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Condon, are both Tech graduates. They flew F/A-18 Super Hornets a few hundred feet above Bobby Dodd Stadium after the national anthem prior to the Tech-Wake Forest game on Nov. 7. Navy rules require flyovers to be done at 1,000 feet or higher, according to NavyTimes. The Navy assigned Fryman and Condon to non-flying jobs. Several videos...
  • World War II's Unsung Women Pilots

    03/06/2010 7:36:40 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 13 replies · 766+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/6/10 | AMY GOODPASTER STREBE
    The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II will finally be given the recognition and honor they deserve on March 10. That's when they will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to be held at the United States Capitol. These pilots were trailbrazers, a group of 1,102 female civilians that flew military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces. They flew more than 60 million miles in 78 different types of aircraft, from the smallest trainers to the fastest fighters and the largest bombers. They undertook every type of mission except combat....
  • F-35 pilots 'measure' up as beginning of training moves closer

    03/02/2010 12:30:27 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 450+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 3/2/2010 | Ashley M. Wright
    Pilots here received measurements for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter equipment to move closer to training in the military's newest fighter aircraft Feb. 25 here. The new pilot equipment includes everything from underwear to cold-weather outer gear to anti-G garments. RFD Beaufort, the Lockheed Martin sub-contractor making the new equipment, took controlled measurements down to the millimeter to ensure comfort, safety and the pilot's capability to complete the mission in any scenario. Some of the equipment used by the first F-35 pilots will be based on legacy gear found on previous fighter aircraft. "The wing continues to...
  • British Pilots Train On Upgraded B-2s

    02/08/2010 4:34:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01/08/2010 | Angus Batey
    It is among the U.S. Air Force’s most finite resources, but the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is still growing in capabilities, and it’s an aircraft America is happy to allow an ally to use. A long-standing exchange program that has seen USAF personnel trade places with those from the Royal Air Force was extended to the B-2 in 2004. The offer to open up the secretive B-2 mission to a key ally was made by then-President George W. Bush in an e-mail to then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. Among the achievements of the first British pilot, Sqn. Ldr. David Arthurton, was...

    02/01/2010 7:07:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 548+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | 2 February 2010, 01:48am IST | Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui, TNN
    "UP cops nab IM terrorist planning aerial strike" Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui, TNN, 2 February 2010, 01:48am IST SNIPPET: "LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI: The arrest of Shehzad alias Pappu — one of the key accused in the September 2008 serial blasts in Delhi and the Batla House encounter — by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of UP Police from Azamgarh on Monday evening is being seen as a major breakthrough in exposing a module that was planning to unleash air strikes. Shehzad, intelligence agencies had recently discovered, had undergone a training to fly planes from an institute in Bangalore and had surfaced as a...
  • U.S. Air Force Having Serious Trouble Keeping F-22 Raptor Pilots

    02/01/2010 10:57:41 PM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 1,323+ views
    Defense Review ^ | October 28, 2008 | David Crane
    According to a recent Air Force Times article, the F-22 Raptor has the lowest pilot-retention rate of any U.S. fighter or attack aircraft measured, at a rather abysmal 33%. Compare this to 81% for F-15E Strike Eagle pilots and 68% for F-15 Eagle pilots respectively, and, gentlemen, we’ve got a problem. Think about that for a second. If those numbers are correct (and we’re not sure about them, yet), the F-15E, a much older and less-technologically-advanced aircraft, enjoys almost 2.5 times the pilot retention rate of the vaunted F-22. The article didn’t give an explanation, just the brutal facts. However,...
  • A pilot's life: exhausting hours for meagre wages

    01/10/2010 5:35:00 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 72 replies · 2,301+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Chris McGreal
    A pilot's life: exhausting hours for meagre wages $20,000 pay and lengthy commutes to work renew fears for passengers' safety Chris McGreal, Monday 11 January 2010 Some co-pilots say they now have second jobs to make ends meet. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA The old hands say there was never much glamour in piloting several tonnes of metal thousands of feet in the air. But there's no denying that to the earthbound back in the jet-set era half a century ago – when Pan Am's "Clippers" ruled the air lanes and service was modelled on transatlantic ocean liners – pilots were...
  • Diverting Flights Tough Call for Pilots

    01/08/2010 9:07:14 PM PST · by STARWISE · 22 replies · 806+ views
    KHON2 ^ | 1-8-10 | Ron Mizutani
    Besides two Hawaiian Airlines flight diversions in three days, there have been several flights affected by unruly passengers since the failed terror attack on Christmas Day, including one Friday in Atlanta. The recent spike in flight diversions across the U.S. has many asking if anxiety in the skies is causing pilots to make quick decisions to re-route flights because of unruly passengers. "There's always going to be certain number of needed deplanements from unruly passengers, there's a certain amount that always takes place but i think the media is covering it more often now and also everybody is more on...
  • Pilots Out of Loop on Terrorist Attempt?

    12/30/2009 5:54:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies · 901+ views
    AVweb ^ | Dec 30, 2009
    Pilots Out of Loop on Terrorist Attempt? Pilots Want To Know About Attacks: APA The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, says most airborne flight crews weren't notified of the Christmas Day terrorist attack on a Northwest Airlines A330. The group is calling for changes after what it describes as "communications failures" left the majority of airborne flight crews in the dark about the attempted bombing. In a message to members, the APA's security committee said the Transportation Security Administration specifically told airlines to notify only the crews of airborne westbound trans-Atlantic flights of the attack on the...
  • Flight attendant caught wayward pilots unaware (Who Overflew Minneapolis)

    12/16/2009 2:03:15 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 61 replies · 2,886+ views
    AP ^ | 16 Dec 09 | JOAN LOWY and JOSHUA FREED
    WASHINGTON — A call from a flight attendant to the pilots of the Northwest Airlines plane that overshot Minneapolis catapulted the cockpit crew from complacency to confusion. On Oct. 23, 2009 file image made from video and made available by KGW-TV in Portland, Ore., shows Northwest pilot Richard Cole at his home in Salem, Ore. Interviews with the flight crew and other documents released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board indicate the pilots were completely unaware of their predicament until the moment the intercom rang. They were unaware that they had flown their Airbus A320 with 144 passenger more...

    12/10/2009 10:10:51 AM PST · by freedomyes · 4 replies · 859+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Dec 10 09 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    “’The information is so thoroughly compromised that any vetting system built on it is unreliable,’ said Schiffer per ABC News."
  • Transcripts Detail Bid to Contact Pilots [Northwest Airlines]

    11/29/2009 7:39:38 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 11 replies · 764+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/29/09 | ANDY PASZTOR
    After the crew finally resumed radio contact, their first communication responding to controller messages was: "Ah, roger, ah, we got distracted and we've flown over ah Minneapolis. We are overhead Eau Claire [Wis.] and would like to make a one-eighty..." ... Soon after radio chatter resumed, a controller said, "I just have to verify that the cockpit is secure." The pilots responded: "It is secure, we got distracted..." As previously reported, the controllers were concerned about a range of scenarios, including the possibility of terrorists being aboard the plane. During the long silence, air-traffic control managers had contacted the military...
  • Iraqi student pilots shown Army way

    11/29/2009 4:40:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 440+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Justin A. Naylor, USA
    Chief Warrant Officer Steve Bridges, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, shows 2nd Lt. Karam Ebrahem, an Iraqi Air Force student pilot, the inner workings of a U.S. helicopter during an open house on Forward Operating Base Warrior, Kirkuk, Nov. 25. Photo by Pfc. Justin A. Naylor, 1st Cav. Div. KIRKUK — Iraqi Air Force student pilots came here to Forward Operating Base Warrior, Nov. 25, to speak with U.S. pilots and get a closer look at their aviation assets. It has taken months of training, hard work and dedication for this group of IqAF helicopter student...
  • US Airmen prep Iraqi pilots to stand alone

    11/23/2009 4:09:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 459+ views
    KIRKUK — Lt. Col. Chris Spigelmire defines success as, "The better we do our jobs, the fewer people they'll send to replace us until we don't have to be here at all." "The trick is," he added, "the Iraqi Air Force has to be able to do what we're doing without us around." Spigelmire, deployed from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, commands the 521st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. He and his two dozen Airmen have two missions: – Help Iraqis train their new pilot corps – Prepare qualified Iraqi pilots to assume mission operations "We're also training the trainers so...
  • NetJets Laying Off 500 Pilots

    11/09/2009 3:43:11 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 871+ views
    AP ^ | Nov. 5, 2009
    Demand for private jets is way down and NetJets will lay off almost 500 pilots as a result -- almost 20% of its staff of 3,000 pilots. because of a decrease in demand. NetJets is a unit of investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
  • Fighter Pilots Face A Dismal Future

    11/05/2009 12:07:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 1,757+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/02/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force has a morale problem with its combat pilots. The issue is lack of action for the pilots. That, plus the increased use of unmanned aircraft, and the very real prospect that the age of the manned combat aircraft may be coming to an end. This is made worse with hundreds of fighter pilots being assigned to operating Predator and Reaper UAVs. This was not popular duty, even though the pilots still draw flight pay. It is tedious work, although the UAV operators often saw more combat action than they did when piloting F-16s or F-15s. The...
  • FAA revokes licenses of wayward Northwest pilots

    10/27/2009 5:39:04 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 94 replies · 1,898+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 27, 2009 | JOAN LOWY
    The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday revoked the licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles. The pilots — Timothy Cheney of Gig Harbor, Wash., the captain, and Richard Cole of Salem, Ore., the first officer — told safety investigators they were working on their personal laptop computers and lost track of time and place. The pilots, who were out of communications with air traffic controllers for 91 minutes, violated numerous federal safety regulations in the incident last Wednesday night, the FAA said in a statement. The violations included failing to comply with...