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  • Why Russia's New Stealth Drone Might Be a Bust

    08/08/2020 12:13:22 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 18 replies
    https://nationalinterest.org/est.org ^ | August 5, 2020 | by Caleb Larson
    n a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, Yury Slyusar said that UAC will begin deliveries of the Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle to the Russian armed forces as early as 2024. In keeping the Russia’s top-down approach to management, UAC’s President, Mr. Slyusar, stated that Russia’s Ministry of Defense “instructed us to speed up the design and test works, to move it ‘to the left’ as much as possible so that deliveries begin as early as 2024.” In keeping with those instructions, UAC is now “actively working on this issue with our colleagues.”...
  • Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

    08/04/2020 2:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | August 3, 2020 | Darrell Etherington
    Virgin Galactic announced in May that it would be partnering with NASA to work toward high-speed, high altitude point-to-point travel for commercial airline passengers. The plan is to eventually create an aircraft that can fly above 60,000 feet (the cruising altitude of the Concorde) and carry between 9 and 19 people per flight, with a cabin essentially set up to provide each of those passengers with either Business or First Class-style seating and service. One other key element of the design is that it can be powered by next-gen sustainable fuel for more ecological operation. In some ways, this project...
  • DB Cooper ransom money found buried along Columbia River entered the water months after skyjacking

    08/04/2020 1:15:16 AM PDT · by dennisw · 16 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 3 August 2020 | LUKE KENTO
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8589339/DB-Cooper-ransom-money-buried-Columbia-River-entered-water-months-skyjacking.htmlg, scientist claims - adding new mystery to the 49-year-old cold case A new clue may have been unearthed in the infamous 49-year-old cold case of skyjacker DB Cooper thanks to new analysis DB Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient flight from Portland to Seattle to November 1971, before vanishing after skydiving out of the plane with $200k One of the few clues recovered in the case came in 1980 when a boy found $6,000 of Cooper's ransom money while camping in Tena Bar Analysis of that cash shows the money was submerged in water for a short amount of time...
  • Alaska state lawmaker, six others killed after two planes collide in mid-air

    08/01/2020 7:08:18 AM PDT · by RandFan · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/01/20 09:59 AM EDT | BY MORGAN GSTALTER
    A state lawmaker in Alaska and six others were killed on Friday morning after two planes collided mid-air in the city of Soldotna. State Rep. Gary Knopp (R), 67, was the sole occupant of a Piper PA-12 when it collided with a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver around 8:30 a.m. local time near the Soldotna Airport, The Anchorage Daily News reported. Six people were confirmed dead at the scene except for one person who succumbed to injuries while being transported to a hospital, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety. The other plane is designed with pontoons to make...
  • Nevada firefighting planes collide midair; both pilots dead, authorities say

    07/30/2020 11:01:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Fox ^ | Frank Miles
    A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman told Fox News the accident occurred while the planes were fighting the Bishop Fire near Caliente, Nev., around 1 p.m. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation, and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the crash. Each plane had only the pilot aboard, authorities said. The 500-acre wildfire started Wednesday in an area about 17 miles southwest of Caliente and 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
  • Delta flight returns to gate after passengers refuse to wear masks

    07/28/2020 7:14:00 PM PDT · by cba123 · 50 replies
    WXYZ.com ^ | July 28th 2020 | Sam Cohen
    In a move that reminded some people of road trips with their parents, a Delta flight turned around and went back to the gate because passengers were not complying with crew instructions. In a statement from Delta Airlines, Flight 1227 from Detroit to Atlanta on July 23 “returned to the gate following two customers who were non-compliant” with the airline's mask policy. (Please see full article at link)
  • Utah plane crash kills at least three, including baby girl

    07/26/2020 3:50:40 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/26/2020 | Laura Italiano
    Utah plane crash kills at least three, including baby girl By Laura Italiano July 26, 2020 | 12:46am | Updated Enlarge Image Emergency crews respond to a small plane crash in West Jordan, Utah, today A plane carrying six people crashed Saturday afternoon in a Utah backyard, killing at least two adults and a 9-month-old girl who were on board, according to local reports. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a Piper PA-32 with six people on board had taken off from South Valley Regional Airport and crashed into a backyard in the town of West Jordan. The fatalities included the...
  • DHS, FAA issue temporary flight restriction over City of Portland

    07/24/2020 9:27:57 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 25 replies
    OregonLive ^ | July 24, 2020 | Ty Vinson
    The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration have issued a temporary flight restriction over the City of Portland for unmanned aircraft systems, such as drones, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. That means personal drones cannot be flown within city limits. Administration officials said the restriction is for special security reasons, but they did not elaborate on those reasons. The restriction began July 16 and will end Aug. 16. The restriction is for aircraft systems that fly at or below 1,000 feet. Commercial airplanes and any manned aircrafts are not affected by the restriction. Kama Simonds,...
  • Garmin services and production go down after ransomware attack

    07/24/2020 10:55:04 AM PDT · by higgmeister · 20 replies
    ZDNet .com ^ | 7/23/20 | Catalin Cimpanu
    Smartwatch and wearables maker Garmin has shut down several of its services on July 23 to deal with a ransomware attack that has encrypted its internal network and some production systems. The company is currently planning a multi-day maintenance window to deal with the attack's aftermath, which includes shutting down its official website, the Garmin Connect user data-syncing service, Garmin's aviation database services, and even some production lines in Asia.
  • Drug smugglers tried to move nearly $330K worth of meth in ultralight aircraft near Imperial County [CA]: CBP

    07/14/2020 8:21:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/14/2020
    Agents found a metal basket and a white duffel bag, which had 26 clear plastic containers full of meth, according to the statement. The street value of the haul is $327,375. There was no mention of a pilot flying the aircraft or whether anyone involved in the operation was arrested. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the release.
  • video - “I will kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man.”

    07/13/2020 9:32:21 AM PDT · by AggregateThreat · 68 replies
    Abandoned flight Flying in the middle of a pandemic is nerve-wracking enough, what with all the checks and health forms and mask-wearing going on. What’s not going to make anyone feel any better is getting death threats from another passenger onboard.
  • Turlock Man Sentenced for Laser Strikes on Helicopter

    07/12/2020 6:43:02 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    justice.gov ^ | July 6, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California
    FRESNO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd sentenced a Turlock man today to two years and three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for purposefully striking a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s helicopter with the beam of a powerful laser, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.In March 2018, Roger Shane John, 34, pleaded guilty. According to court documents, on the evening of Oct. 22, 2017, John struck a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s helicopter, Air 101, five to six times with a powerful green laser, causing visual interference of both the pilot and tactical flight...
  • Qatar Airways is requiring passengers to wear face shields. This is what health experts had to say.

    07/08/2020 6:10:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2020 | By Natalie B. Compton
    As mask rules have caused some controversy on U.S. airlines in recent months, Qatar Airways is taking an even stronger stance by requiring economy passengers and cabin crew to wear both face masks and face shields on board. In its recent announcement, the airline says it will provide passengers with a complimentary kit of disposable protective gear that includes a shield, surgical mask, gloves and hand sanitizer gel.
  • Air France Lands Final A380 Flight

    06/28/2020 8:49:01 AM PDT · by texas booster · 39 replies
    FlyerTalk Forum ^ | June 26 2020 | Joe Cortez
    The final Airbus A380 in the Air France fleet is grounded at Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG), after taking one last celebration flight to the Mediterranean Sea and back. In a tribute online, the French flag carrier announced the final departure and landing for the superjumbo jet on June 26, 2020. The legendary #A380 bids a final farewell and makes its last #AirFrance flight today, Friday 26 june. 🛬Bye-bye big bird! #AF380 pic.twitter.com/LNkkqX3htU — Air France (@airfrance) June 26, 2020 Originally scheduled for retirement by 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Air France-KLM to reconsider their plans. After flights...
  • California Dems demand John Wayne airport be renamed

    06/27/2020 4:15:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 82 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 27, 2020 | By Jon Levine
    California Democrats are looking to change the name of John Wayne airport in Orange County over bigoted remarks the actor made during a 1971 interview with Playboy magazine. In the piece — which has stirred controversy in the past — Wayne said he believed in white supremacy adding “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves.”
  • U.S. Navy Just Got Its First New F/A-18 Super Hornets — Here Are The Key Upgrades

    06/23/2020 9:02:45 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 22 | Eric Tegler
    "... In service with the Navy and Marine Corps since 1983, the flexible design has gone through a Porsche 911-like evolution. Two type series of the original Hornet, the A/B and C/D preceded the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, a larger more capable version of the F/A-18 introduced in 1999. Since then the Super Hornet has been updated with “Block II” models and now there’s a “Block III” Super Hornet....
  • Battle of Britain ace fighter pilot Paul Farnes dies aged 101

    06/19/2020 10:54:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 January 2020
    Battle of Britain ace fighter pilot Paul Farnes dies aged 101 30 January 2020 The last surviving Battle of Britain ace pilot from World War Two has died aged 101. He was born in Hampshire and died on Tuesday morning in West Sussex, where he had lived for most of his life, His battle victories made Wing Cdr Farnes an ace, a term taken to mean any fighter pilot credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft. His tally was six enemy aircraft destroyed, one probably destroyed and six damaged, the trust said. The trust added Wing Cdr Farnes...
  • Message to the Senate of the United States on the Protocol Supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft

    06/18/2020 1:07:29 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | June 18, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Protocol Supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft (the “Beijing Protocol”), adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization International Conference on Air Law (Diplomatic Conference on Aviation Security) in Beijing on September 10, 2010, and signed by the United States on that same date.  I also transmit, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State with respect to the Beijing Protocol.The Beijing Protocol is an important...
  • US Air Force pilot call sign 'Banzai' becomes first woman to fly F-35A stealth fighter into combat.

    06/15/2020 1:25:58 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 50 replies
    Fox 13 Tampa Bay ^ | June 13, 2020 | Staff
    <p>WASHINGTON D.C. - America has now deployed its first female stealth fighter pilot into combat, the Air Force announced.</p> <p>Capt. Emily Thompson, call sign “Banzai,” made headlines after she became the first female to fly the F-35A Lightning II into combat. On June 9, the Air Force released a statement announcing that Thompson had deployed but did not specify when or where.</p>
  • Why Thousands Of Pigs Are Being Flown To China On Boeing 747s

    06/11/2020 10:14:55 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    Simple Flying ^ | 11 June 2020 | Joanna Bailey
    A Russian cargo carrier has proven once and for all that pigs do fly. More than 3,000 happy hogs have earned their wings, traveling a mile high between Europe and China onboard a Boeing 747 operated by Volga Dnepr. A pig-culiar problem The Chinese are lacking in pigs. You could say they’re squealing out for swine after an outbreak of African swine fever obliterated the nation’s herds of hogs. First detected in August 2018, the deadly disease has decimated the pig population by around 50%. China loves pigs, but not for their superior land clearing abilities or cute curly tails....