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UAV Pilot Charged with Felony

The owner of a video-camera-equipped Hexacopter flying near the scene of a car accident in Springfield, Ohio, earlier this week was charged with felony obstruction after police said he refused to land his UAV even as a medevac helicopter prepared to touch down. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

G650 on a long 10-hr flight to no-where . . .

It's not every day you see a flight overfly SEA, SFO, LAX, PHX, SLC, ABQ, and DEN all in one flight. Sorry, this one doesn't spell-out anything. Come on Gulfstrea; get creative next time :) (flightaware.com) More...

Undersea search could cost a quarter billion dollars, official says

A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysian jetliner could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used, Australia's top transport official said Thursday. Martin Dolan emphasized that the $234 million price tag is a "ballpark rough estimate" of an extended search and salvage mission. Searchers seem to be preparing for the possibility that an underwater drone scan of the southern Indian Ocean may not yield immediate debris from Malaysia… (www.cnn.com) More...

Korean Air A380 Hits 2 Light Poles At LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard. The Korean Air flight arrived from Seoul on Wednesday afternoon with 384 people aboard and an airport operations vehicle misguided the jet, which caused the incident, said airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

Newark Airport Shuts 1 of 3 Runways for Repaving and New Taxiways in $100 Million Project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it has shut down one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s two main runways for repaving and the creation of four new taxiways. One of the new taxiways will allow incoming aircraft to exit the runway and get to a gate faster, while the other three will allow multiple planes to stage for departure at the end of the runway, thereby reducing takeoff delays.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

World’s Ugliest Airplane Retires: Where’s It Going?

Rockwell Collins has decided to bid adieu to its well traveled and much beloved North American Sabreliner 50 avionics test bed, an airplane the company has owned since 1976. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Video: Record-Breaking Flights Precede Experimental Fly-In

Renowned Reno air racer Lee Behel attempted three record-breaking flights in the past week in Mojave, California, flying his sexy single-place GP-5 race airplane. While the results have not yet been officially confirmed, the initial numbers are impressive. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Google Beats Facebook to Acquisition of Drone Maker

Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-altitude solar-powered drones that was in acquisition talks with Facebook just a few months ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Mountain View company hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which aims to broadcast internet signals to parts of the world that can't get online. (www.engadget.com) More...

Air India to sell three Boeing 777s

Air India today declared its intent to sell three of its Boeing 777s for mopping up resources to stem its liabilities, barely four months after selling five of these planes to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways. The airline offered three Boeing 777-200 Long Range airplanes, powered with GE 90-110 engines, for outright sale through competitive global bidding, Air India sources said a day after a meeting of its Board here. The long-haul global routes flown by these aircraft would now be gradually… (zeenews.india.com) More...

81 Turn World Record Inverted Flat Spin - Helmet Cam

Spencer Suderman, of Santa Clarita, California, set a new world record for inverted flat spins by making 81 spins on March 13, 2014. He started at 23,000 feet and ended at 2,000 feet. (youtu.be) More...

Video: Aviat Husky Tows Skier Up a Mountain

Talk about a quick trip back to the top. In a video posted to YouTube a few days ago, U.S. Ski Team member Reese Hanneman can be seen being towed up a mountain somewhere in the Alaska Range behind an Aviat Husky. (www.flyingmag.com) More...

Boeing’s 737 Turns 8,000: The Best-Selling Plane Ever Isn’t Slowing

Boeing’s 737 aircraft just marked an aviation first: The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line, a round-number milestone for the best-selling airplane of all time. Boeing (BA) will deliver the aircraft, a 737-900ER, on Wednesday to United Airlines (UAL), the buyer of the first 737 sold in the U.S. (www.businessweek.com) More...

Seaborne Airlines Begins New San Juan-Santo Domingo Service

Seaborne Airlines announced the launch of new, nonstop service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The service operates twice daily. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

‘Titanic’ Director Cameron’s Mini Robot Probes May Aid Jet Quest

Film director and deep-sea explorer James Cameron said robot probes that were used on the wreck of the Titanic could be deployed to investigate debris from the missing Malaysian jet if it can be located on the ocean floor. The probes, miniaturized versions of remotely operated vehicles that are controlled via hundreds of meters of optic fiber, would aid exploration of larger structures remaining from the plane as they did the interior of the Titanic, he said. Cameron isn’t planning to be… (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Why are planes generally painted white?

When planes come off the assembly line at the factory, they're green. So why are most painted white? Surely a darker colour would hide dirt better? Is there a reason planes are traditionally white? (aviation.stackexchange.com) More...