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  • 6 Soccer Players Arrested in Southwest Flight Ruckus

    09/01/2015 6:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Rory Devine, R. Stickney
    Amarillo Police boarded the plane and removed six passengers described as “unruly”Members of a San Diego-based recreational soccer league were removed from a cross-country flight Monday and arrested on suspicion of federal charges. A dozen members of the San Diego Chaldean Soccer League were flying Southwest Airlines to Chicago’s Midway Airport for a tournament, friends tell NBC 7. A "level one threat" was declared onboard Flight 1522 and prompted pilots to divert the flight and its 117 passengers to Amarillo, Texas, just after 10 p.m., according to court documents. Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together...
  • 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...
  • Obama’s War on ISIS: 3 out of 4 US Warplanes Return to Base With Bombs

    06/04/2015 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/04/15 | Jim Hoft
    In September 2014 Obama announced his War on ISIS. “Our objective is clear. We will degrade and destroy ISIS.” But eight months later we now learn that 3 out of 4 US warplanes return back to base with their bombs. Richard Miniter at Forbes reported: Three out of every four times that Obama dispatches American warplanes over Iraq, they return to base without dropping any bombs or firing any missiles. “Seventy-five percent of the sorties that we’re currently running with our attack aircraft come back without dropping bombs, mostly because they cannot acquire the target or properly identify the target,”...
  • Israeli planes strike targets in Syria, Arab media report

    04/25/2015 11:11:23 PM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    LATimes ^ | 25 Apr 2015 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Israeli warplanes struck military targets in Syria early Saturday, according to media reports that were not confirmed by Israeli or Syrian officials. According to Arab media and pro-opposition sources in Syria, the strikes targeted several bases belonging to Syrian missile brigades in the mountainous Qalamoun region near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The targets reportedly were Syrian army brigades said to keep long-range missiles and other strategic weaponry...
  • Administration denies Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli warplanes

    03/01/2015 10:04:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/1/15 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    President Obama threatened last year, according to Middle Eastern news outlets Sunday, to use the U.S. military to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they attempted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities — reports the administration denounced later Sunday as flatly untrue. Mr. Obama’s threat reportedly deterred Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from dispatching warplanes into Iran after Israel discovered that the U.S. had entered into secret talks with Tehran and that the two countries had signed an agreement, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida. In a statement to The Washington Times early Sunday evening, a senior administration said “that report is...
  • Iran reveals 'new' fighter type

    02/10/2015 6:20:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    IHS Jane's 360 ^ | February 9, 2015 | Gareth Jennings
    Iran has unveiled the 'second generation' of its indigenously developed Saeghe (Thunderbolt) combat aircraft, state media announced on 9 February. The Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces Logistics agency announced the unveiling of the Saeghe-2 jet, and its delivery to the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), the Mehr news agency reported. While the original Saeghe was based on the single-seat Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter, the Saeghe-2 is modelled on the twin-seat F-5F operational trainer. On the surface, the Saeghe-2 bears the same twin-tail modification as the Saeghe, although it is not possible to ascertain what internal...
  • Investigators Exclusive: Close call as planes nearly collide over Westchester

    01/29/2015 7:40:40 PM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    ABC-7 ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jim Hoffer
    Investigators Exclusive: Close call as planes nearly collide over WestchesterWESTCHESTER COUNTY (WABC) -- Eyewitness News has learned that two planes nearly collided in mid-air over Westchester County over the weekend, and now, two passengers are speaking out about the scare. It's an Investigators' exclusive. JetBlue Flight 94 had begun its descent to Westchester County Airport Sunday afternoon when its collision-warning system alerted inside the cockpit. An unidentified plane flying in busy commercial airspace was closing in on them. Shortly after, the controller told them to change course. At some point, that unidentified plane got close, much too close, to...
  • Passengers Taken Off Planes at JFK as Authorities Investigate Bomb Threat: Officials

    01/19/2015 9:09:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 1/19/15 | Jonathan Dienst, Ida Siegal, Jay Blackman, Richard Esposito and Becky Bratu
    Passengers on board two Delta flights at Kennedy Airport were taken off each of the aircrafts Monday night as authorities investigated a bomb threat that turned out to be unfounded, officials say. An anonymous phone call was placed to Delta headquarters just after 6 p.m. suggesting a pipe bomb was on Delta Flight 468, according to Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo. There are two Delta flights with the number 468: one has a Boeing 757 plane landing at JFK from San Francisco at 8 p.m., with 171 passengers on board, according to Delta Airlines. The other flight has a Boeing...
  • RNAF Intercepts Russian Planes Over Baltic Sea

    12/10/2014 9:04:40 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 13 replies
    F-16's from RNAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force) operating from Malbork airbase in Poland. Read more at
  • Race to be the new Concorde! Supersonic jets battle to become first aircraft to cut flight times

    11/28/2014 8:06:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 27, 2014 | Emily Payne
    It's been more than ten years since Concorde made its final transatlantic flight. But there's a new generation of supersonic passenger aircraft beginning to emerge, boasting speeds at least twice as fast as current commercial planes. While these planes will first appear in the private and business jet market, catering only to the super rich with gargantuan price tags and first class service, supersonic may eventually reach regular holidaymakers.
  • Door Falls Off Bono's Learjet During Flight to Germany

    11/15/2014 11:18:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | November 13, 2014
    A private plane carrying U2 lead singer Bono experienced an in-air incident Wednesday, with a rear door falling off the Learjet 60, an official with the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation said. “The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in,” the official, Germout Freitag, told ABC News. Freitag said authorities don't understand why the door flew off.
  • 13 planes vanish from radars over Europe

    06/14/2014 8:34:44 PM PDT · by wtd · 30 replies
    Telegraph ^ | June 13, 2014 | Matthew Day
    13 planes vanish from radars over Europe As many as 13 planes flying over Europe vanish from radar screens in an "unprecedented" series of blackouts that lasted 25 minutes with claims air traffic control could have been hacked
  • Here’s some plane porno for aeronautical geeks

    06/09/2014 9:21:50 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 23 replies
    metro ^ | Monday 9 Jun 2014 9:01 pm | Eric Magnan (from Airborne Films)
    Like planes, amazingly defined cinematography and hyper cool celebs?If this is the case, this video will not fail to impress you.This amazing collection of clips belong to Eric Magnan as part of his director show reel.A show reel is his calling card or video CV used to attract business and directing jobs.
  • Plane Spotted in Iran Is Registered to Utah Bank

    04/20/2014 8:58:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 19, 2014
    -excerpt- ...non-U.S. citizens have registered 5,600 planes with the Federal Aviation Administration through trustees, concealing the owners' identities. -excerpt- Just five trustees accounted for 3,283 of the planes registered on behalf of non-U.S. citizens....
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • Add This Fighter-Bomber to the List of New Chinese Warplanes (SU-30MK Knockoff)

    01/08/2014 6:06:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 8, 2014 | David Axe
    Two new stealth fighter prototypes. A new long-range airlifter. New drones, attack helicopters, radar planes and spy planes. The pace of Chinese air power advancements in the last three years far outstrips aerospace developments in other countries. Now add to the list the J-16, a new twin-engine, twin-seat jet fighter-bomber based on the Russian Su-30MK. Big and powerful, with a heavy weapons load and a combat range of hundreds of miles, the J-16 could become a main front-line combatant of the Chinese Air Force and Navy, possibly bridging the gap between China’s older jets and whatever stealth models eventually enter...
  • Snake on a Plane: Passenger Sneaks Reptile on to EasyJet Flight

    11/13/2013 1:20:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Where’s Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson when you need him? EasyJet passengers were left sitting more uncomfortably than usual after a snake was discovered on board a flight heading to England from Israel. A wacky traveller sneaked the slithering reptile past airport security in Tel Aviv in a ‘small takeaway box’ before the alarm was raised mid-flight. He was then arrested upon the plane landing at Luton airport. ‘No Samuel L, but an actual snake on a plane. Police about to meet @easyjet arriving from Tel Aviv to Luton,’ wrote one passenger on Twitter. ‘My plane is being met by...
  • Pilots give students taste of flight

    11/02/2013 6:43:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — Hopping out of several different private planes at the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport, a group of third-graders from Imagine Charter School at Sierra Vista couldn’t wait to compare experiences. They started chattering back and forth, some jumped up and down. “It was so awesome.” “I got to fly.” “I almost puked.” That last statement came from third-grader Juaduan Perez, who discovered on Friday that he is most comfortable on the ground. “It felt weird,” Juaduan said, of his first flight in an airplane. Judging from the reaction of his peers, Juaduan was the exception and not the...
  • Israeli planes strike Syrian military base, U.S. official says

    10/31/2013 1:25:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/31/13 | Barbara Starr
    (CNN) -- Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Thursday, an Obama administration official told CNN. An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was widely reported in the Israeli press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government. The target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information. When asked for comment, an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman told...
  • Are terrorists doing 9/11-style dry runs on U.S. flights?

    10/12/2013 11:05:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Yahoo/The Week ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Frances Weaver
    "If a dry run is occurring, the attack will shortly follow." That's according to Wolf Koch, a Boeing 767 pilot for Delta Airlines and an official at the Air Line Pilots Association International, who was discussing common terrorist tactics in the run-up to devastating attacks like those on 9/11. That is an extremely worrying thought given a memo leaked this week from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which warns of "several cases recently…of what appear to be probes, or dry runs" of such attacks.
  • Report: Flight to Orlando used as terrorist practice run

    10/10/2013 9:54:21 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 110 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 10/10/2013 | Joe Kelley
    Orlando, Fla. — Terrorists are in the midst of practice runs in preparations for an attack on U.S. airlines. (snip) The pilots say the most recent dry-run occurred on Flight 1880 on September 2. The flight left Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. and headed to Orlando International. Crew members say that shortly after takeoff, a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion......continues
  • EXCLUSIVE: Laser horror as attempts to blind pilots puts UK passengers at risk

    09/28/2013 7:45:21 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 58 replies ^ | Teds Jeory
    THOUSANDS of planes coming in to land at Britain’s busiest airports are being endangered by a wave of potentially deadly laser attacks from the ground. Police helicopters chasing criminals over densely populated areas are also regularly hit. In most cases the beams are being shone by mindless youths, but pilots and security experts worry terrorists could also use them.
  • Passengers kicked off plane by flirty flight attendant

    08/04/2013 6:30:06 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies ^ | August 1, 2013
    Two passengers have reportedly been kicked off a plane for complaining about a "flirty" flight attendant. The men were set to travel on a Saudi Airlines flight from Riyadh to Jeddah last week when the incident occurred, Saudi newspaper Sabq reported. Khaled bin Abdulrahman al-Mahyzaa, reportedly a Muslim cleric, claims the hostie was "showing little respect for traditional customs" by flirting with a foreigner.
  • No-compromises SuperStol bush plane sells well [Just Aircraft scrambling to fill orders]

    07/30/2013 6:03:44 PM PDT · by Errant · 53 replies
    AOPA ^ | 30 July, 2013 | Dave Hirschman
    Just Aircraft Founder Gary Schmitt wasn’t sure anyone else would be interested in the no-compromises bush airplane that he wanted to own and fly. But in the year since the South Carolina firm introduced its SuperStol, the company has shipped 38 kits, added staff, and is backlogged until April of next year. “It turns out there are quite a few people who want to do the same kind of backcountry flying that I like to do,” Schmitt said. “It’s come as sort of a surprise to us.” The two-seat SuperStol has leading-edge slats that deploy automatically at high angles...
  • 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...
  • Women pulled off flight at JFK after talking about 'taking down America'

    05/29/2013 7:17:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2013 | PHILLIP MESSING
    Two Middle Eastern women were pulled off an arriving flight at JFK Airport late this afternoon when a passenger claimed she heard one make a comment about “taking down America,” law-enforcement sources told The Post.
  • What a COOL Site: Real-Time Worldwide Commercial Flight Radar!

    04/03/2013 1:21:48 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 32 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Maybe just because I'm a bit of a trainspotter/planespotter geek, I really dig this site: charts all commercial aircraft in the air worldwide in real time (except unfortunately US carriers on 5 min. delay due to unique American security concerns). Elsewhere -as I recently did in Europe- you can glance at FlightRadar24 when you hear a roar, get the flight #/carrier online and bingo there it is on the tailfin overhead 30 seconds later. Users can click on any plane (moving) over any chosen worldwide flight radar map and get flight #, carrier, plane type, basic stats, flight info,...
  • 80 Years Ago Today...

    02/09/2013 2:32:21 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    In February 1933 the Boeing Aircraft Company -today enduring an extremely difficult period- flew a groundbreaking new plane for the very first time- the Boeing 247. This design could be called the first true airliner, as it featured major innovations -plus the safety and power of twin engines- that made commercial long-range air travel feasible: all-metal construction (no wood frame), retractable landing-gear, variable-pitch propellers, pneumatic de-icing system- even autopilot. With a top speed of 200mph/cruising at 189, the Boeing 247 was able to run a NYC to Los Angeles route in an impressive 20 hours (including 3 fuel stops),...
  • Experts Aren't Deities

    01/22/2013 11:37:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 23, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Let's look at experts. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was a mathematician and scientist. Newton has to be the greatest and most influential scientist who has ever lived. He laid the foundation for classical mechanics, and his genius transformed our understanding of science, particularly in the areas of physics, mathematics and astronomy. What's not widely known is that Newton spent most of his waking hours on alchemy; his experiments included trying to turn lead into gold. Though he wrote volumes on alchemy, after his death Britain's Royal Society deemed that they were "not fit to be printed." Lord William Thomson Kelvin...
  • To Any Aviator Out There

    01/19/2013 4:15:23 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 58 replies
    1/19/13 | me
    Question....why would an airport redirect it's flights? I am a smoker and live in a smoke free apt. So I go outside to smoke my butt. I noticed tonight, just this past 20 minutes ALL flights have been flying over our home. They were so low, which is why I noticed the 1st one. Then 3 more came. I stayed after I finished my butt to see how many came over. It was constant. I have lived here over 7 years and have never seen such a thing. Is it normal for airports to "reroute" their planes in such a...
  • I don't care that Southwest Airlines plants gardens. Do you? How about lower fares?

    12/16/2012 1:31:38 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    December 16, 2012 | SFF
    ANOTHER piece of evidence we are living in a world of sissies: watching the NFL today, just saw a commercial for Southwest Airlines that showed their ticket sellers and flight attendants PLANTING STRAWBERRIES or something like that. What the hell? How about boasting about better service? Or a great new lower fare structure? Nope. In the age of the fruitiest Oval Office occupant since James Buchanan, we see businesses talking about their green thumbs. Pathetic.
  • What is the rate that people accidentally fly with guns on planes?

    10/21/2012 3:14:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 20 October, 2012 | John Lott
    There are two interesting numbers that can be put together here. 1) Apparently, past security checks have indicated that TSA fail to detect knives and guns about 70 percent of the time. 2) Also this year "Nationwide, more than 1,100 firearms have been discovered at TSA checkpoints from January through September." If you put those two numbers together, you get the implication that more than 3,422 firearms improperly made it on to flights in the US this year (=1,110 * (70/30) * (4/3)). That seems like a lot of guns on planes, yet how many problems arose from all these...
  • Wreck found of Russia's new Superjet after it 'vanished' on Indonesia demo flight

    05/10/2012 8:32:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 10, 2012 | Richard Shears
    A Russian-made passenger plane crashed into a steep cliff on a long-dormant Indonesian volcano during a demonstration flight to potential buyers and journalists. Its wreckage was spotted by helicopters today, but there was no sign of survivors among the 47 people on board. Search and rescue teams are now on their way to the crash site. Family members, many of whom spent a long, sleepless night at the airport, broke down in tears on hearing the news today. Others stared blankly ahead in disbelief.
  • Obama campaign gets more Air Force aircraft

    03/09/2012 3:00:47 PM PST · by Baynative · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/9/12 | Niel Munro
    The U.S. Air Force is pulling nine cargo aircraft from military operations to support President Barrack Obama’s stepped-up visits to campaign events. The five medium-capacity C-130s and four heavyweight C-17s will be used to ferry security vehicles, armored limousines and communications gear into cities ahead of Obama’s campaign appearances. In the months before November, the president is expected to fly into multiple cities per week, and speak at multiple sites per day. On Mar. 8, for example, the president will fly to Richmond, and then drive over to a Rolls-Royce aircraft-parts factory. That evening, he’ll fly down to Houston, Texas....
  • White House coy on reported Israeli request for bombs, planes (classic "non-denial denial")

    03/08/2012 5:21:16 PM PST · by Libloather
    Yahoo ^ | 3/08/12 | Olivier Knox
    White House coy on reported Israeli request for bombs, planes By Olivier Knox | The Ticket – 3 hrs ago Call it a classic "non-denial denial." The White House tap danced Thursday around questions about news reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the Obama administration for massive "bunker-buster" bombs and long-range refueling planes that could play a role in a strike on Iran. Israeli media accounts said that Washington agreed in return for a pledge that any such attack would not happen in 2012. "In the meetings the president had, there was no such agreement proposed or reached,"...
  • Air Traffic Controllers Caught On Video

    02/29/2012 6:20:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies · 2+ views
    My Fox NY ^ | Feb 24, 2012
    Air Traffic Controllers Caught On Video Updated: Friday, 24 Feb 2012, 6:13 PM EST FOX 5 INVESTIGATIVE REPORT MYFOXNY.COM - Westchester County Airport is a growing destination for seven different commercial airlines, from JetBlue to U.S. Airways and its one of the busiest airports in the country serving the corporate world. Seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., air traffic controllers guide flights serving nearly 2 million passengers a year. Sometimes 100 planes take off and land in an hour. A source, that Fox 5 News is not identifying, says, "I'm upset and extremely concerned with things...
  • Air Force Will Lose Hundreds of Planes in New Pentagon Plan

    01/04/2012 10:44:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies ^ | 1/4/12 | Wired
    The Air Force is preparing to trim hundreds of aircraft from its aging fleet in order to meet an Obama administration austerity order. The move will strike many Air Force supporters as ironic. Because just as the fleet is set to shrink, Defense Secretary ...
  • 'IAF planes strike convoy of vehicles in Sudan'

    12/25/2011 9:23:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies ^ | 12/25/11 | JOANNA PARASZCZUK, YAAKOV KATZ, JPOST.COM STAFF
    Sudanese media reports that planes attacked convoy of land cruiser jeeps, number of people reportedly killed; another strike hit truck near border with Egypt, according to reports. Sudanese media reported over the weekend that IAF planes struck a number of targets in the east of the country last week. According to the reports, the planes attacked a convoy of land cruiser jeeps and a number of people were reportedly killed. Another strike took place last Sunday against a truck near the border with Egypt, according to the reports. In another incident in early December Israeli planes were reported to have...
  • 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.
  • UK urged to research pilot-free planes

    10/25/2011 2:35:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/25/11 | BBC News
    Investment in new aeroplane technologies is the key to the UK maintaining its status as an aerospace leader, according to a report. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) said the country's research and development spending has "flat-lined" since the 2008 financial crisis. It said that made the UK's position vulnerable to China, India and Brazil. It urged the creation of a research centre to test ideas such as pilot-free planes and solar-powered flight. "The UK aerospace sector already employs over 100,000 people around the country and is worth over £29bn a year to our economy, but we need to take...
  • NYPD Can Shoot Down Planes, But With What Weapon?

    09/26/2011 6:11:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 2+ views
    ABCNews ^ | 9/26/11 | Russell Goldman
    The NYPD is capable of shooting down planes in the event of another 9/11-style attack on New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday, but it's unknown exactly what weapons the police have at their disposal, and whether their arsenal includes surface-to-air missiles. "The NYPD has lots of capabilities that you don't know about and you won't know about," Bloomberg told reporters Monday, echoing recent comments by police commissioner Ray Kelly. "Do you mean to say that the NYPD has the means to take down an aircraft?" Kelly was asked by "60 Minutes" on Sunday . "Yes," he replied, "I...
  • What zero means

    09/02/2011 9:30:19 AM PDT · by radioone · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Don Surber Blog ^ | 9-2-11 | Don Surber
    There was a net gain of zero jobs in August despite the president’s promise again to “focus like a laser beam on jobs.” Many people are blurry on the exact meaning of zero. Let me try to explain the concept of what zero means. Zero is 5 less than the number of rounds of golf President Obama shot in August. Zero is 7 less than the number of days President Obama spent in Martha’s Vineyard in August. Zero is 2 less than the number of planes the Obamas used to get to Martha’s Vineyard. Zero is 71,500 less than the...
  • Teenager loses both parents and five siblings in tragic Alabama plane crash

    07/11/2011 8:32:25 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 11, 2011
    A family of seven on board a small plane were killed when it crashed in Alabama after an engine failed - leaving behind a 16-year-old daughter. A couple and their five young children were returning to Florida from a family reunion in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday night when the crash happened, authorities said. Fred and Terresa Teutenberg died, but her oldest child, Ashlei Bruewer, 16, was not on the plane.
  • ValuJet crash into Everglades that killed 110 is remembered

    05/12/2011 7:41:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | May 11, 2011 | Mike Clary
    MIAMI — Robert Woodus III never met his father, who died eight months before his birth in 1996. But on Wednesday the 14-year-old eighth-grader stood near the place his father died, in a watery Everglades prairie where ValuJet Flight 592 plunged to earth in a fiery crash just north of U.S. 41. "I was thinking about this place, and what happened before I was born," said Woodus. His father, Robert Woodus Jr., was one of 110 people who died in what remains Florida's deadliest air crash.
  • Hackers could attack planes

    04/03/2011 2:24:58 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 18 replies
    adelaide now ^ | April 4, 2011 | Alex Dickinson
    MALICIOUS hacking software that could force a passenger jet to nosedive has been developed. Security representatives at the Asia-Pacific Aviation Security conference, which included representatives from Qantas and Virgin Airlines, said that cyber attacks were the second biggest risk to the aviation industry after natural disasters. Ty Miller, of Australian security firm Pure Hacking, said the risk was no longer "something out of a movie" but had become more likely with the dawn of the Stuxnet virus. An unknown attacker last year used the software to sabotage one of Iran's uranium enrichment plants. "The stereotypical Die Hard 2 airport attack...
  • NASA unveils extraordinary ideas for the aircraft of 2025

    01/16/2011 11:08:16 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2011 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    "They are the sort of striking images that wouldn't look out of place in a scene from a sci-fi movie. However, one of these could soon be the face of modern aviation with the unveiling of a new generation of passenger aircraft. NASA has revealed three concept designs for quiet, energy efficient aircraft that potentially could be ready for flight as soon as 2025...."
  • 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...
  • Iran: Foreign planes violated airspace

    11/17/2010 2:29:04 AM PST · by jhpigott · 44 replies · 12+ views
    In first claim of invasion, military drill spokesman says planes were intercepted by Iranian jets Associated Press Published: 11.17.10, 11:32 / Israel News Iran says that unidentified foreign planes violated its air space six times as the country kicked off an air defense drill, but that they were intercepted and forced back by Iranian jets. The remarks by Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the exercise, are the first Iranian claim of an intrusion. His comments were carried Wednesday by the semi-official Fars news agency. Arjangi says Iran's radar stations and observation posts reported six cases of foreign planes entering...
  • Man arrested after reportedly throwing oranges at planes in Mesa

    11/10/2010 7:30:11 AM PST · by rawhide · 28 replies ^ | 10-10-10 | Victoria Pelham,
    MESA, AZ - A man was arrested Tuesay after reportedly throwing oranges at planes at Falcon Field airport in Mesa, according to police. After a complaint about the oranges was called in to police, Brian Henio, 33, was found sitting in an orange grove by the airport apparently drinking out of a green jug, said Mike Melendez with the Mesa Police Department. Police said they could smell spray paint and saw paint on Henio's upper lip. He reportedly admitted to being under the influence of spray paint and to throwing the oranges. Henio was arrested on suspicion of possession of...
  • Iran Confirms Planes Being Refused Fuel In Europe

    10/19/2010 5:39:19 AM PDT · by Fennie · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 19, 2010
    Iran confirmed on Tuesday that some companies were refusing to refuel its planes at European airports and said it would retaliate if the situation continued. Iran has played down the impact of international sanctions, which were tightened in June, and previously said news reports that Iranian airlines were having problems refuelling abroad were part of a "psychological war."