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Houston Controller Talks VFR Pilot Stuck On Top Down To A Safe Landing

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It was no leisure flight Sunday for Mark Nelson when he found himself trapped above the clouds over a heavily populated area. His only way down? To put his life in the hands of an air traffic controller. (www.khou.com) More...

An inside look at the cockpit of a B-36

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A pal of mine passed this on to me. I thought some of you who remember boiler gauges would enjoy the tour. B-36 Cockpit Gauge Maze The B-36 was a state of the art airplane in its day. The Flight Engineer was responsible for starting, maintaining and shutting down the 6 Radial Engines and the 4 Jet Engines required to make it fly and complete its mission. No modern technology, such as "Fly by Wire" or "Computer controlled Aircraft" systems, were involved here. Just straight… (www.nmusafvirtualtour.com) More...

Qantas retires its very first Boeing 747-400

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Qantas will retire its first-ever Boeing 747-400 next month - VH-OJA – which opened up the one-stop Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, and even made a promotional non-stop flight from London to Sydney (albeit with minimal passengers and cargo) to highlight the jumbo's long-range capabilities. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

FAA requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect pitch rate sensors

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A new airworthiness directive issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration requires Boeing 777 operators to inspect and potentially replace the aircraft's dual pitch rate sensors (PRS). The directive, which applies to 777-200LRs, -300s, -300ERs and 777 freighters, comes in response to reports received by the agency of dual failures of the sensors. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Coming soon on JetBlue: Bag fees, more seats

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Wall Street is finally getting its way with JetBlue. The airline had been one of the last to hold out against charging fliers more for checked bag. But JetBlue announced Wednesday that some customers will soon have to pay extra if they want to do so. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Air New Zealand, Air China form strategic alliance

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Air China will launch Beijing-Auckland flights as part of a 'strategic alliance' with fellow Star Alliance carrier Air New Zealand. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Delta orders A350, A330neo

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Airbus may be lagging behind in the race between the A350 and 787, but it has won another important airline over for this fight. (jansaviation.com) More...

Blind Pilot Flies And Lands A Real Airplane

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After a retinal degenerative disease stole pilot Jim Platzer's eyesight, one of his greatest fears would be that he could never fly again. After working closely with a certified flight instructor, Jim was able to take back the controls and performs the impossible feat of landing blind. (planelopnik.kinja.com) More...