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Government halts enrollment of veterans in helicopter flight program

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The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The two programs cost the government at least $40 million last year, based on enrollments and average cost data. (www.latimes.com) More...

2 more Galileo satellites launched from French Guiana spaceport for EU navigation system

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KOUROU, French Guiana – A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system. Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening. (www.canadianbusiness.com) More...

List of aircraft accidents and incidents intentionally caused by pilots

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On March 24, 2015, Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed in France, supposedly following intentional actions by the copilot. All 150 passengers and crew were killed. The following is a list of airliner accidents and incidents assumed or rumored to have been caused by the a deliberate action of a pilot, compiled from the Aviation Safety Network files. General aviation aircraft are not included. (news.aviation-safety.net) More...

Germanwings A320 Crashes in Southern France

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An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said. (www.reuters.com) More...

Facebook wants solar drone to bring Internet far and wide

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At its F8 conference on Thursday, Facebook revealed that it had made a first test flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle. That drone, though, was a small-scale model -- used to test out the aerodynamics -- of a much larger, and solar-powered, one that the company aims to send aloft as it works to bring the Internet to millions more people around the world. The big Facebook drone, called Aquila, will hold its first test flight this summer, Facebook vice president of engineering Jay Parikh told the… (www.cnet.com) More...

Op-Ed: Responsible Journalism and the Air Crash Du Jour

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As a 20-year veteran of the A320 cockpit for a major U.S. airline, including the last 15 in the Captain’s seat, I have cringed at the utter misrepresentation of aviation facts often disseminated by news outlets and their self-proclaimed “aviation experts” endlessly paraded across the TV screen during coverage of the latest air disaster. Coverage of the tragic crash of Germanwings 9525 has been no exception. (airwaysnews.com) More...

How Pilots Are Screened for Depression and Suicide

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While it’s not clear exactly why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into a French mountainside, the black box from the cockpit raises questions about whether mental health issues were involved, and how aviation officials identify and monitor the mental health of pilots. (time.com) More...

Dassault Falcon 7X Climbs To 49,000 Feet To View Solar Eclipse

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A trio of Dassault Falcon 7X executive jets, packed with observation equipment, journeyed to the North Atlantic at nearly 50,000 feet in order to chase a rare chance to see the black sun. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

FAA Flight Service Program Changes

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To help reduce costs, on October 1, 2015, the FAA will combine Flight Watch Services with the same service that supplies NOTAMs, TFRs, and flight plan services. Dedicated Flight Watch frequencies will be decommissioned. Additionally on the same date, the FAA will eliminate the domestic flight plan format, and implement flight plan filing exclusively using the format used by the ICAO. Finally, the Remote Airport Advisory Service (RAAS) will be phased out. (www.faa.gov) More...

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Flyover - Still Kicking

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The United States Air Force flew this B-52 Stratofortress all the way from Guam to Avalon in Australia to provide visitors to the Australian International Airshow with a chance to see this awesome aircraft flyby at speed. Once the display was done the aircraft headed back to Guam — all without landing on Australian soil. (www.uasvision.com) More...

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