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  • Wikileaks: Podesta Exposed Obama's Minute-By-Minute Schedule, Location on Private Email Account

    10/14/2016 8:14:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | October 14, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    A 2009 email published by Wikileaks from former White House Counselor John Podesta's private, non-government unsecured email account details the exact travel time and location of then-President Elect President Obama. The email also details the names and phone numbers of pilots escorting Obama and the number designations of planes on which he was flying.
  • Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse

    09/26/2016 2:54:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 25 September 2016 | Sig Christenson
    The shortage stands at 723 pilots this year and is expected to worsen, reaching 1,000 in 2017, with no immediate way to plug the gap because the Air Force needs two years to transform a young officer into a fighter pilot. While active-duty pilot training will increase from 200 this year to 285 in 2017, it won’t begin to replace the lost talent and institutional memory.
  • First U.S. testing of a man-carrying drone planned for later this year in Nevada

    06/11/2016 7:06:59 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    ZME Science ^ | June 8, 2016 | Elaine Kauh
    First U.S. testing of a man-carrying drone planned for later this year in Nevada Alexandru Micu June 8, 2016 The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems has granted permission to Chinese drone company EHang to test its on-demand, passenger-carrying aerial vehicle inside state boundaries. This marks the first time a passenger-carrying drone has ever been tested anywhere in the United States. Chinese company EHang received testing rights for its EHang 184 model inside the state of Nevada on Monday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The vehicle is an autonomous human sized drone, which EHang was very happy to hail as the...
  • Pilot shortage hits US regional airlines

    03/06/2016 7:56:20 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 87 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6 March 2016 | Luc Olinga
    Mid-sized and regional airlines in the US are suffering from a pilot shortage that could threaten the health of the broader US aviation industry. The labor shortfall has led to canceled flights at carriers like Mesa Airlines and Silver Airways. That has hit smaller airports, such as in Redding, California, or Erie, Pennsylvania, according to figures from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The staffing crunch could also constrain traffic for larger companies like United Airlines and Delta Air Lines that depend on the mid-sized companies to serve rural consumers and feed customers into their networks. "It's becoming a...
  • Muslim airline pilots planned to bomb four UK cities

    01/24/2016 8:59:53 AM PST · by wtd · 26 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | January 24, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    Muslim airline pilots planned to bomb four UK citiesIf their plot had succeeded, would the British government have awakened to the reality of the global jihad? No, it would have commissioned a blue-ribbon study of "islamophobia." And of course anyone who suggests that it might be unwise to hire Muslims as airline pilots is a racist-islamophobic-antimuslim-bigot. "RAF 'foiled ISIS airline terror plot to bomb four UK cities after cracking pop song code,'" by Steve Robson, Mirror, January 24, 2016
  • Air Force withholding names, photos of missing Afghans

    12/10/2015 1:21:45 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Moody Air Force Base officials are not releasing the names or photographs of two missing Afghan trainees. Capt. Korey Fratini said Wednesday the decision to not release the names is a U.S. Air Force decision and not one that has been made by the base commander. "It is a matter of policy," Fratini told The Valdosta Daily Times. The Air Force has maintained a policy of not releasing the names or images of any Afghan personnel in the interest of their personal safety and the safety of their families back in Afghanistan, the captain said. Fratini said the fact the...
  • ISIS takes flight: Terror group training pilots at airbase in Libya

    12/05/2015 6:32:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | Dec 5, 2015 | Paul Alster
    Terrorism ISIS takes flight: Terror group training pilots at airbase in Libya ISIS is training pilots at an airbase in Libya, using small plane left over from the Qaddafi regime and at least one flight simulator in an effort experts fear could lead to aerial attacks targeting Europe, according to regional analysts. The terrorist group, which is bulking up its footprint in the chaotic north African nation even as airstrikes by Russia, the U.S. and other western allies pound its headquarters in Syria, is functioning unfettered in the Mediterranean city of Sirte. Given that Sirte is just a short flight...
  • Wartime female pilot's glider flight - aged 100

    11/26/2015 10:02:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 8 replies ^ | November 22, 2015 | Ben_Falconer
    Wartime female pilot's glider flight - aged 100 By Ben_Falconer | Posted: November 22, 2015 Jill Farquarson was an ATA flyer VIEW GALLERY Comments (0) Glider pilots have honoured a 100-year-old wartime hero by taking her back up in to the skies. When former Air Transport Auxiliary flyer Jill Farquarson visited Cotswold Gliding Club's Aston Down airfield near Stroud in August, members discovered her heroic past and took her for a flight. She was one of just 168 women who ferried all kinds of planes all over the country, often with precious little prior knowledge, during the Second World War....
  • Pentagon backs Turkey’s version of events, blames ‘incursion’ of Russian jet

    11/24/2015 8:27:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 93 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/24/15 | Rowna Scarborough
    The U.S. military on Tuesday labeled as an "incursion" the Russian fighter jet that was shot down by Turkish aircraft over the Syria-Turkey border. Army Col. Steve Warren, the top military spokesman in Baghdad, confirmed the Turk's version of events in saying they repeatedly warned the two Russian SU-24 pilots to back off. Col. Warren used the word "incursion" to describe the Russian flight, but also said the command was studying radars and other data, such as radio chatter, to make a definite conclusion. The incident happened at the border," Col. Warren said. "These things are not as clean as...
  • BREAKING: Second pilot found dead amid reports rescue helicopter also DOWNED

    11/24/2015 4:40:24 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 225 replies
    UKexpress ^ | 11/24/15 | Leda Reynolds
    A RUSSIAN helicopter has been downed while searching for the pilots who ejected from their burning jet after it was shot down this morning while flying over Syria, according to unconfirmed reports.
  • The Islamic State Lists Names/Info of 157 U.S. Air Force Pilots

    08/19/2015 9:38:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 8/19/15 | Pamela Geller
    The Islamic State continues to target, taunt and terrorize American military service members with impunity. Obama’s “JV” is on the march emboldened, empowered by our jihadi-in-chief. “Government Report: U.S. Fight Against Islamic State Disorganized, Incoherent,” Washington Free Beacon The fruit of President Obama’s anti-American jihad. Americans are not safe in our own homeland. These lists are trying to spark Muslim attacks in the United States like the ones in Garland, Texas, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, in recent months.
  • Iraq Gets ‘First’ Female Commercial Airline Pilot

    06/06/2015 10:22:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Saturday, 6 June 2015
    Iraq’s Ministry of Transportation announced that an Iraqi young woman has become the country’s first female commercial airline pilot, according to Arab media reports on Friday. The ministry’s media office said in a press release on its website is that “Dalia, an Iraqi woman, has received a pass after completing her qualifying courses to become the first Iraqi woman to fly a civilian aircraft,” also adding that “this makes her an accepted and welcomed member of Iraqi Airways.” The British educated woman will be the first Iraqi female to hold the title of “flight captain”. The Iraqi minister of transport...
  • Cruz Supporters Planning to Launch ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’

    04/25/2015 2:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 25, 2015 | Justin Haskins
    A group of zealous supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-TX) 2016 presidential run is planning to launch a ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’ (TCAF) in the coming months prior to the Republican primaries that begin in less than a year. According to TCAF, “Ted Cruz clearly has the support of the grassroots. He will also have air support.” TCAF says its most prominent air feature will be the “Ted Cruz Blimp,” but it also plans on recruiting “antique aircraft, towed aerial banners, light sport aircraft … [and] parachutes.” Member of TCAF Jerry Collette says he’s going to do everything he can...
  • Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript

    03/29/2015 5:14:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 155 replies
    Mirror ^ | March 29, 2015
    Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript 29 March 2015 By Alex Wellman Patrick Sondheimer is heard screaming to his co-pilot "Open the goddam door" as passengers scream in the background The dramatic last moments of the doomed Germanwings flight have been revealed in a chilling transcript of the black box recording that shows the captain screaming at Andreas Lubitz “Open the goddam door”. Patrick Sondheimer, pilot of the traffic plane, is heard frantically pleading with the killer to let him into the cockpit, just seconds before crashing into the Alps. BEA Germanwings CVR Evidence:...
  • Two Saudi fighter pilots eject over Red Sea, rescued with US help

    03/28/2015 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | 28 March 2015 | Reuters
    Two Saudi pilots ejected over the Red Sea on Friday after their fighter plane suffered a technical problem and were rescued with US assistance, state media said. "A plane of the F-15S type was stricken by a technical fault yesterday evening over the Red Sea and the two pilots were forced to use their rescue seats," state news agency SPA quoted a defense ministry official saying.
  • U.S. Rescues Two Saudi Fighter Pilots After Splashdown Near Yemen

    03/27/2015 4:58:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski
    The U.S. Air Force and Navy rescued two Saudi pilots Friday after they ejected from their F-15 fighter over the Gulf of Aden during combat operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudi jet apparently suffered some mechanical problem forcing the pilots to eject. A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk special operations helicopter and crew were dispatched from Djibouti to rescue the Saudi pilots.
  • Best helicopter door gunner of all time goes to heaven

    03/23/2015 6:42:41 PM PDT · by llevrok · 22 replies
    3/23/2015 | My Brother in Law
    The “Best helicopter door gunner of all time” died and went to heaven. St. Peter greeted him there and said “Welcome to heaven! Your terminal assignment orders indicate you were the best door gunner in human history and did wonderful things for your fellow crew members, your unit, and your country your entire life. For that reason I am authorized to let you choose in which part of heaven you would like to spend eternity.” “Well”, the gunner said, “I’d love to bunk somewhere where I will never see another helicopter pilot – they are loud, contemptible, and generally a...
  • Pilot draws penis on FlightRadar with his plane

    03/13/2015 8:42:39 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 13, 2015
    Residents of Lakeland, Fla., probably didn't notice anything odd, but a private plane flying overhead Thursday followed a unusual flight path. Aviation buffs who use FlightRadar24, the popular site that can track planes in flight around the world, got a clearer picture. The plane's path described a the shape of a phallus.
  • Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says

    01/05/2015 9:46:29 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies
    thedailybeast ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Dave Majumda
    Too many missions and too few pilots are threatening the ‘readiness and combat capability’ of America’s unmanned Air Force, according to an internal memo. The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of drones is being strained to the “breaking point,” according to senior military officials and an internal service memo acquired by The Daily Beast. And it’s happening right when the unmanned aircraft are most needed to fight ISIS. The Air Force has enough MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones. It just doesn’t have the manpower to operate those machines. The Air Force’s situation is so dire that Air Combat Command (ACC),...
  • 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...
  • 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...