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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...

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...

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...

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...

FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333

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The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every UAS operation individually, and future operations after we publish a final version of the proposed small UAS rule. (www.faa.gov) More...

Airplane makes precautionary landing at Mitchell after crew reports 'odd smell'

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MILWAUKEE -- A Virgin America flight made a precautionary landing at General Mitchell International Airport Friday morning after the crew reported an "odd smell" on board. (jrn.com) More...

U.S. Air Force Pilots Said Retiring the A-10 Will Put Troops in Danger

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Good timeline summary of the Air Force efforts to dump the A-10 by whitewashing positive reports on the aircraft's capabilities and submitting false information to Congress. The hearings are going to be Class A entertainment on C-Span when the Air Force brass face the Senators who already have the information the Air Force hid from them. (medium.com) More...

FlightSimCon 2015 takin place in June

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FlightSimCon 2015 will take place June 13-14, 2015 at the New England Air Museum, adjacent to Hartford's Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. FlightSimCon is designed to show pilots and aviation enthusiasts the power of at-home, desktop flight simulation. (generalaviationnews.com) More...

Pilot does Wheele on take of from South Carolina Highway

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - After making an emergency landing Thursday night, a plane took-off from a highway in South Carolina Friday afternoon, much to the delight of onlookers. The pilot of the single-engine plane made an emergency landing on the highway Thursday night after the engine stopped. On Friday, the plane was towed back on to the highway and cars were cleared-off the road in preparation for the take-off. (www.wyff4.com) More...

Pro Rodeo Cowboys York Gill, Fiancee Hurt in Plane Crash Near Stephenville

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A professional rodeo cowboy crashed his plane while making an emergency landing Friday morning, injuring himself, his fiancee and their two dogs. The Texas Department of Public Safety confirms 32-year-old pilot York Gill and 30-year-old Christy Stransky had engine trouble moments after taking off from Clark Field Municipal Airport in Stephenville at about 10 a.m. (www.nbcdfw.com) More...

This Isn't the First 'Suicide by Plane Crash'

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It's thankfully very rare for a pilot to decide midflight that it's time for themselves and everybody on board to die, but Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz isn't the first believed to have done so. (www.newser.com) More...

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...

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...

Facebook’s secret drone test flight in the UK

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Facebook has completed the first test flight of its unmanned aircraft designed to deliver Internet to remote areas, the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed. (eandt.theiet.org) More...

Germanwing Reportage Getting it Wrong

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The "pilot" and "copilot" thing is getting out of hand. Why can't the media understand there are two pilots in a cockpit. They've only had, what, 70 years to get it straight? This and other facets of the crash are now being discussed at Ask the Pilot... (www.askthepilot.com) More...

Germanwings co-pilot had medical note for day of crash, hid illness, officials say

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The Germanwings co-pilot accused of intentionally setting a plane on a fatal descent in the French Alps had an illness that he kept secret from his employer, German prosecutors said Friday. (www.cnn.com) More...

Merger Milestone: American Airlines to Merge AAdvantage, Dividend Miles Frequent Flyer Programs This Weekend

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American Airlines will begin the process of moving millions of US Airways Dividend Miles members into its AAdvantage frequent flyer program on Saturday as it embarks upon the path to transition to a single loyalty program.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending

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The captain of the doomed Germanwings plane reportedly used an axe to break down the cockpit door in the final moments before his co-pilot “intentionally” descended the plane, killing everyone on board. (www.independent.co.uk) 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...

Bombardier Delays First CSeries Delivery Until 2016

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In an announcement on Friday that surprised few in the industry, Bombardier Aerospace’s new Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare confirmed that the CSeries CS100′s Entry-Into-Service (EIS) will slip into 2016. (airwaysnews.com) More...

Ottawa imposes new airline cockpit rules in wake of Germanwings crash

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Effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. (www.theglobeandmail.com) More...

Amsterdam Schipol flights cancelled after power outage

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A major power cut has hit Amsterdam and surrounding towns, causing all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport to be temporarily cancelled. Incoming flights are being diverted from Schiphol airport - one of Europe's busiest terminals. (www.bbc.com) More...

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