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  • Hundreds stranded as British airline collapses

    02/17/2019 9:51:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/17/19 | Gregory Katz
    LONDON — Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi. British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it’s filing for administration - a British version of bankruptcy - because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union. “Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and a lack of confidence around bmi’sability to continue flying between destinations in...
  • More Green New Deal Proposals: Let’s Replace Air Travel With High-Speed Rail

    02/07/2019 12:21:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2019 | John Sexton
    The Green New Deal (GND) outline released today by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey calls for a total overhaul of the U.S. transportation system. Specifically, the GND states that over the next decade America must “build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.”The GND proposal released today came in a couple of different packages. There is an actual resolution which proposes a transportation overhaul “as much as is technologically feasible.” overhauling transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically...
  • Investigators say plane carrying Emiliano Sala found and identified

    02/03/2019 8:49:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    espn ^ | Sean Nevin
    The wreckage of the plane that went missing while carrying Cardiff City's record signing, Emiliano Sala, and pilot David Ibbotson has been found on the seabed of the English Channel, the UK's Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) has confirmed to ESPN. The Piper Malibu aircraft went missing on Jan. 21 after disappearing from air traffic control's radar while flying over the English Channel on the way to Cardiff, Wales. Sala had just completed a Ł15 million transfer to Cardiff City from French Ligue 1 side Nantes and had been due to train with his new teammates the next day.
  • Germany drops F-35 from fighter tender; Boeing F/A-18 and Eurofighter to battle on

    01/31/2019 8:00:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/01/2019
    BERLIN: Germany will pick either the Eurofighter or Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jet to replace its Tornado warplanes, knocking Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter out of a tender worth billions of euros, Defence Ministry sources said on Thursday (Jan 31). The ministry will make a final decision after receiving detailed information from Boeing and Airbus about the aircraft, which must be able to carry US nuclear weapons to fulfill Germany's obligations to NATO, the sources said. No timetable for a decision was given, but the process could take time since the US government will have to certify both jets to carry...
  • Teen pleads guilty to stealing plane so he could attend concert

    01/29/2019 2:42:34 PM PST · by Gamecock · 108 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/29/2019 | AP
    TEXARKANA, Ark. — A 19-year-old Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert. The Texarkana Gazette reports that Zemarcuis Scott of Texarkana pleaded guilty... Authorities have said Scott was found July 4 inside the cockpit of an American Eagle jet at Texarkana Regional Airport and that he had hoped to fly to an out-of-state concert. He has no training as a pilot. Police have said he told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers.
  • Plane Passenger screams 'Allahu Akbar' and 'tries to storm cockpit of flight' in France

    01/25/2019 7:27:54 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 43 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 1/25/19 | Joshua Nevett
    The Transavia aircraft from Paris to Tunis made an emergency landing at Nice International Airport last night after a passenger acted “violently” towards cabin crew. A 30-year-old Tunisian man allegedly attempted to enter the cockpit of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft after praying at the door, according to French newspaper Le Monde.
  • Trump Calls Out CNN for Publishing 'Fake News' About the TSA Not Showing Up to Work

    01/05/2019 11:46:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 5, 2019 | Cortney O'Brien
    Saturday's media dump suggested that scores of TSA workers failed to show up to work as the government shutdown hits the two-week mark. According to CNN, "hundreds of TSA screeners" have called in sick, including at four major airports. At New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, for instance, reportedly as many as 170 TSA employees failed to show up to work. The report, which quotes "two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials," suggests this is all very bad news for travelers."This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect," Hydrick Thomas, president...
  • Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq, his first to a combat zone

    12/26/2018 11:27:49 AM PST · by bitt · 102 replies ^ | 12/26/2018 | David K. Li
    President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to American troops in Iraq on Wednesday, his first journey to an active combat zone since he took office. The president landed on Wednesday. Trump visited wounded U.S. troops last Christmas season, on Dec. 21, 2017, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. He also that month invited Coast Guard members to play golf at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida. But before Wednesday's trip to Iraq, Trump had taken some heat from critics for being the first president since 2002 not to make a Christmastime visit to troops in...
  • Spirit AeroSystems to add 1,400 more jobs in Wichita, president says (Kansas)

    12/20/2018 8:24:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | December 19, 2018 | Chance Swaim
    In a move Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer called “the biggest news for this state in a long time,” Spirit AeroSystems announced Wednesday that it plans to add 1,400 more jobs in Wichita next year. That’s in addition to the 1,000 jobs — and $1 billion in infrastructure — it promised the city at this time last year. “We have completed hiring that first 1,000, and in fact we have exceeded it,” Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile said at a news conference on Wednesday....
  • Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX 8 ‘Stuck’ In Iran

    12/14/2018 1:24:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Aviation Analyst ^ | December 14, 2018 | Alex Macheras
    Much like many brand new commercial aircraft, Boeing’s 737 Max’s entry-into-service hasn’t been the smoothest — and the latest incident (in what is a string of 737 Max related events) took place earlier this morning, with a brand new Norwegian Air jet. Flying from Dubai (DXB) to Oslo (OSL), Norwegian Air’s two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 encountered engine trouble, and following around 20 minutes of flying at its cruising altitude of 32,000ft…the newly built American jet initiated an emergency descent to Shiraz International Airport, located in south-central Iran. Before its landing, the aircraft circulated several times over the region, after...
  • Richard Branson’s Space-Tourism Company Rockets Out of Atmosphere for First Time

    12/13/2018 9:23:12 AM PST · by billorites · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2018 | Andy Pasztor
    Virgin Galactic LLC, Richard Branson’s space-tourism venture, reached the edge of space in a test flight Thursday, four years after a fatal accident set back the project, forced a reassessment of safety issues and roiled the growing commercial-space industry. Virgin Galactic launched the spaceplane called SpaceShip Two and its two pilots from a carrier aircraft cruising miles above Southern California’s Mojave desert. For around $200,000 a seat, the closely held company seeks to offer thrill rides featuring majestic views of the earth capped by a few minutes of weightlessness. The launch also could provide momentum for nascent private efforts to...
  • Sexual harassment in the sky: Hong Kong flight attendants fight back

    12/09/2018 10:33:14 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 60 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec 9, 2018
    Immaculate-looking flight attendants who appear unruffled by the demands of a life spent in the air are part of the slick image sold by carriers -- but Hong Kong-based workers are increasingly hitting back against sexual harassment. Female cabin crew told AFP of how they had been harassed by not only passengers but also other airline staff. While they say carriers have made some steps in the right direction, they argue airlines still lag far behind in the #MeToo era. Venus Fung, whose experiences drove her to join and lead the Cabin Attendants Union of Hong Kong, says airlines must...
  • 32 Years Ago an Aeroflot Pilot Bet He Could Land an Airplane Blind. He Couldn’t.

    12/10/2018 5:47:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    From The Wing ^ | 12/8/2018
    Somehow I wasn’t familiar with the story of Aeroflot flight 6502 from Yekaterinburg to Kuibyshev to Grozny. On October 20, 1986 the pilot of the Tupolev Tu-134A bet his co-pilot that he could land the plane blind. He would draw the curtains on the cockpit windows and make an instrument-only approach. One of the many bizarre things about this incident is, why would the co-pilot accept a bet in which if he wins he likely dies? There’s only the narrowest window in which he might win the bet and actually collect. On approach to Grozny the pilot ignored the ground...
  • 21 jet flyover for Bush The Elder Funeral (My Title)

    12/06/2018 5:38:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 6, 2018 | Steve Shoemake
    Jets fly over for the George Bush funeral
  • Navy Will Perform Unprecedented 21-Fighter Flyover for Bush Funeral

    12/04/2018 4:59:39 PM PST · by C19fan · 91 replies
    USNI ^ | December 4, 2018 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy will honor former naval aviator and 41st president George H.W. Bush on Thursday with a largest-ever 21-aircraft missing man formation as part of his funeral services in Texas. Thirty F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets departed Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. today ahead of the Dec. 6 internment ceremony at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. A naval aviation official told USNI News that a missing man formation of this size is unprecedented and reflects Bush’s legacy as a naval aviator and ongoing relationship with the Navy’s carrier strike group community.
  • AIRCRAFT ACTION REPORT - Mission: Radio Station at Chichi Jima - September 2, 1944

    Unit reporting: VT-51, USS San Jacinto Takeoff Time: 0715, Time Over Target: 0825 - 0830 Aircraft: TBM-1C carrying 4 - 500# General Purpose Bombs Aircraft Lost: TBM-1C, Engine Hit by Heavy and Medium A/A Personnel Casualties: Lt. W.G. White, USNR; J.L. Delaney ARM 2/o, USNR, both MIA, presumed dead The pilot Lt. G.H.W. Bush parachuted to water and was picked up by rescue submarine. Lt. Bush was piloting the third plane over the target. Bush's plane was hit in the engine shortly after final push over at 8,000 ft. In spite of this hit which caused his engine to smoke...
  • Mom slams Southwest Airlines worker for mocking daughter’s name

    11/29/2018 11:10:30 AM PST · by tlozo · 171 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/29/2018 | Alexandra Klausner
    A Texas mom is outraged after a Southwest Airlines worker made fun of her 5-year-old daughter’s name – by snapping a picture of the girl’s boarding pass and posting it on social media. Traci Redford, from El Paso, says the agent at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, began poking fun at her daughter’s name, Abcde – pronounced “ab-city” – as they boarded a flight a few weeks ago and put it online for users to shame the girl, who suffers from epilepsy. “The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So...
  • If Air France No Longer Wants The Airbus A380, Will Anyone?

    11/28/2018 5:23:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 27, 2018 | Michael Goldstein
    “I can’t get no respect,” moaned the late and overweight comedian Rodney Dangerfield. The Airbus A380, largest and heaviest airliner in operation today, could say that too after Air France reportedly will dump half of its A380 fleet—aircraft built and tested at the “hometown” Airbus factory in Toulouse. Like the quashing of a recent rumor that Lufthansa was on the verge of ordering another 15 A380s, this is another black eye for the world’s largest passenger plane. After all, if France and Germany, the countries that build the A380, don’t want it, who will?
  • Man holds on for dear life in hang-gliding mishap

    11/28/2018 3:00:09 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 27, 2018 | Bopha Phorn
    An American tourist in Switzerland was forced to hang on for his life when his instructor didn't properly attach his harness just before they went hang-gliding. Chris Gursky, who lives in Florida, posted a video of the ordeal on YouTube Monday, and it has garnered more than a million views in just one day. Snip
  • Lion Air pilots batttled doomed jet's computerized safety. system, black box shows

    Black box data from the Lion Air jet that crashed in October reveals the pilots struggled to fight the plane's malfunctioning safety system from takeoff to the moment it nose-dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.