Plane aborts landing as traffic controllers nap
SubmittedBEIJING (Reuters) - A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. (news.msn.com) More...
JetBlue to Open Farm at New York’s JFK Airport
SubmittedWait..... What?!?! (NEW YORK) — JetBlue Airways is trying to bring a little bit of country to the city — opening its own “farm” at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. (time.com) More...
30 Fascinating Photos Of HMX-1's Ospreys Working For The White House
SubmittedEveryone knows of Marine One, the green and white helicopters that the President flies on, but few people realize the White House vertical airlift mission is so much larger than that. The backbone of this force is a fleet of green painted MV-22 Ospreys that flies the Press Pool, White House Staff, Secret Service and dignitaries during the President’s travels. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...
The Birth of Area 51 and the U2
SubmittedThis video, released by the Central Intelligence Agency for historical purposes, shows us not only the U-2 spy plane’s development, but also glimpses of “Watertown Strip,” which sprung up from the desolate Groom Lake to become America’s most secretive flight test center, Area 51. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...
Terrifying Image Shows Heroic Crew Trying To Keep Stricken Osprey Flying
SubmittedThis image from the Marine Corps shows a deadly event that occurred on October 1 last year. The crew flew the Osprey in maintenance mode by accident, which greatly reduced engine power output. The harrowing story of heroics and the loss of a young Marine’s life, is a must read in this article by the San Diego Union Tribune. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...
American, Delta End A Partnership You Never Knew They Had – Why Does It Matter To You?
SubmittedSome parts of the airline industry are very “cloak-and-daggar,” but once in a while something rears its ugly head and seems like it could be a bad thing, if only you knew what the heck was going on. Such is the case now, as two of the largest airlines in the world, who also happen to be bitter rivals, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, abruptly ended their interline agreement on September 15. (www.airlinereporter.com) More...
Why the FAA is very worried about United Airlines
SubmittedThe Federal Aviation Administration is watching United Continental a little more closely these days due to violations regarding pilot qualification and scheduling. (fortune.com) More...
The 30 Most Important Airplanes of All Time
SubmittedWhile by no means definitive, the following list of flying machines is what we consider, after many grueling hours of debate, to be the most important airplanes in the course of history. Every one of the airplanes herein has left a lasting impact—not just on aviation as an industry but on the course of humanity as a whole. (www.popularmechanics.com) More...
nearly all crew members failed a breathalyzer test
SubmittedA flight departing from Oslo, Norway was delayed almost 5 hours after nearly all crew members failed a breathalyzer test and were removed from the plane on Saturday. 109 passengers were aboard the airBaltic plane headed to Chania in Greece, reported AFP. (www.businessinsider.com) More...
There Have Been Four High Profile Airplane Crashes In One Day
SubmittedNo less than four high-profile aviation incidents, three in the UK and one in Colombia, have rocked the aviation world within the last 24 hours. These included the loss of a shadowy Colombian Air Force CASA 235, an Embraer private jet with three of the Bin Laden family on board, a Folland Gnat performing at a huge car event, and a Spitfire that crashed during a test flight. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) More...
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