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FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace. (www.faa.gov) More...

Opinion: General aviation lifts small business in Colorado

As the head of a large industrial construction company, I spend a lot of time at construction sites, most in remote little towns that are difficult to travel to. For 10 years, that meant at least three days away from my family to visit a job site for one day. About three years ago, all of that changed. I earned my private pilot's license and got a single-engine airplane. Now I travel much more productively. My staff and I can visit multiple job sites in different states in a single day. What was… (www.dailycamera.com) More...

Bombardier pitched majority CSeries stake to Airbus?

Bombardier has approached European planemaker Airbus about selling a majority stake in the Canadian company's CSeries jet in order to shore up its depleted balance sheet, people familiar with the matter said. Under a proposed tie-up, Airbus would help Bombardier complete development of the troubled aircraft in exchange for a controlling stake in the program, effectively ending Bombardier's independent efforts to break into the 100- to 160-seat airplane market dominated by Airbus and Boeing. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Brilliant Screens Make an F-22 Sim More Realistic Than Ever

IT TAKES SERIOUS skills to fly the F-22 Raptor. The single-seat fighter can cruise in supersonic flight and reach 60,000 feet. Thanks to 35,000 pounds of thrust from each of its two engines, can easily surpass Mach 2.25. At roughly $150 million per jet, you don’t want to leave one in the hands of a novice. (www.wired.com) More...

This Toddler Playing In Microgravity With Dad Is Adorably Awesome

This toddler and her dad playing with microgravity is how you do life right. Outside of being extremely adorable, learning how to fly the fun way from Dad is just the coolest thing. Remember when I got all introspective over a Delta advertisement the other day? This is the sort of thing I was talking about. The magic of flight. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

Watch a fighter jet land on the middle of a highway road

Here’s really cool footage of a Swedish Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighter jet landing on a road in Finland. The Aviationist says both Finnish and Swedish aircraft were conducting a military force exercise at the Rovaniemi Air Base and on the strip of road. There are also pictures of the planes taking off from the road too. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Rwanda designs the world's first 'airport for drones'

futuristic network of "droneports" that will help distribute pharmaceuticals and other crucial goods is set to open soon in the small African republic of Rwanda. The projects unites the architectural expertise of British firm Foster+Partners and the engineering ingenuity of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne. Construction is set to begin next year, with operations starting as early as 2020. (www.cnn.com) More...

Norwegian Air CEO says $69 flights from U.S. to Europe around the corner

Norwegian Air Shuttle hopes to sell one-way tickets to Europe for $69 (45 pounds) as early as 2017 by flying from U.S. airports that have low fees, Chief Executive Officer Bjørn Kjos said in an interview Tuesday. Europe's third-largest budget airline is considering flights to Edinburgh and Bergen, Norway from U.S. airports that have little to no international service today, such as New York's Westchester County Airport and Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford, Kjos… (uk.reuters.com) More...

Russian jet makes emergency landing

A Russian jet doing service btwn Moscow and LAX had to make an emergency landing in Iqaluit. I'm told by my relatives, she's doing fine. (hisz.rsoe.hu) More...


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