All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘aviation’

Harrison Ford Narrates Aviation Film After Near-Death Plane Crash

Not even crash landing his own vintage airplane can keep Indiana Jones star and aviation enthusiast Harrison Ford from the skies. The 72-year-old Ford will narrate “Living in the Age of Airplanes”, a National Geographic Studios film featuring the history of aviation. According to a National Geographic press release, “Living in the Age of Airplanes” chronicles the rise of the aviation …

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We Need to Talk About the TSA’s Batsh*t Insane Instagram Account

No, I don’t want to talk about how you feel about the TSA. I know the TSA harasses old ladies and makes cute little children cry. I know the TSA probably touched your wiener one time and you really hated it. I know the TSA is a constant reminder of the US’ heavy-handed and short-sighted response to the terrible events …

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Grounded F-35 Fleet Cleared to Fly

After an engine fire in June grounded the entire U.S. military fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, Navy and Air Force officials have approved a limited flight clearance to run engine inspections and restricted flight drills. The cause of the fire is still not known, and the Pentagon, along with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, has been trying to …

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F-35 Fighter Jets Grounded After Fire

The U.S. Department of Defense has grounded all of its F-35 fighter jets after one of them caught fire during take off at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The advanced fighter was set to make its international debut during showings to prospective buyers at two air shows in the U.K. beginning next week. The cause of the fire is …

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Amelia Earhart To Fly Same Route As Her Namesake

Seventy-seven years ago, nautical pioneer Amelia Mary Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe, but disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Yesterday, the modern-day Amelia Earhart set off on her own journey from Oakland, California to finish what her namesake started so many years ago, an 18-day, 28,000-mile trip around the world. “They said, you know, we wanna give her a …

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People Pointing Lasers at Airplanes Is Such a Problem That the FBI Is Offering a $10,000 Reward for Info

Who knew that so many people were pointing lasers at airplanes? Since 2012, pointing lasers at airplanes (or as the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls it “lasing aircraft”) is a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. And since about four months ago, the FBI has been rewarding people for providing information on any known instances of …

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Jamaica Crash Landing Due To Flight Crew Fatigue

On December 22, 2009, an American Airlines Boeing 737-823 plane plowed through Norman Manley International Airport’s perimeter fence and skidded across a roadway. The plane missed the rain-soaked runway and landed on rocks and sand dunes by the Caribbean Sea. Today, five years after the accident, investigators have concluded that the flight from Miami consisted of a crew that may …

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X-15 Test Pilot Bill Dana Dies at 83

NASA test pilot and astronaut William Harvey “Bill” Dana passed away Tuesday at age 83. According to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Dana, famed as a research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft at the dawn of the space age, died at an assisted living facility in a suburb of Phoenix. Beginning …

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WestJet Passenger Leaves Sexist Message to Pilot, She Responds

Can someone please remind me what year it is because if I recall, it is 2014 and not 1914! (SIGH) In recent news, a bizarre case of sexism occurred to a Canadian pilot from WestJet airlines. On Wednesday, an airplane was on its scheduled route from Calgary to Victoria, B.C., with female pilot Carey Steacy leading the flight. Most people …

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FCC May Greenlight Mid-Flight Cell Calls

Could you soon be permitted to call your loved ones while flying the friendly skies? According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission is set to suggest new rules that would allow passengers to use their cellphones at cruising altitude. From The Wall Street Journal: The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use …

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Lockheed Martin Announces SR-72, a Mach-6 Spy Plane

In 1998, the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was retired from service, and no plane has come anywhere near serving a similar role. With an announcement from Lockheed Martin Corp. last week, the supersonic stealth spy plane is about to reach a new renaissance with the SR-72, which media outlets are affectionately calling “Son of Blackbird.” The SR-71 was a twin-engine, …

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Amelia Earhart Namesake to Recreate Flight

Amelia Rose Earhart, traffic reporter at 9NEWS in Colorado, announced plans today to recreate the flight of her famous namesake. Earhart, who claims to be a distant relative of the Amelia Earhart who attempted to be the first woman to fly solo around the world before her tragic disappearance in 1937, obtained her pilot’s license in 2004. She then completed …

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The TSA Has an Instagram Account for Stuff They Took from People at Checkpoints

Whether or not you agree that the Transportation Security Administration routinely upholds its core values of integrity, innovation, and team spirit – let’s face it, the organization is a big part of our lives. And while TSA tactics aren’t always conducive what you and I would call “freedom” or exactly “constitutional,” you have to admit that their screenings have probably, …

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Amelia Earhart’s Plane Actually Spotted in 2010, Claims Lawsuit

Famed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart never completed her 1937 circumnavigation attempt, and her disappearance has continually been one of the most-discussed events of the 20th century. To this day people continue to be fascinated with her story, and it has led to plenty of speculation and conspiracy theories. And it’s not just talk that surrounds Earhart’s fateful flight. There are …

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Apple iPad to be Used by American Airlines Pilots

American Airlines this week became the first airline to receive approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use Apple iPads “during all phases of flight.” The tablets will be used as an “Electronic Flight Bag” and will be replacing the thick stack of reference manuals that pilots carry in their carry-on kitbag. American estimates that removing the 35-pound …

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Here Are The U.S. Airports With The Most Influence In A Pandemic

Ok, this is cool. And also rather frightening, as I just caught Contagion on HBO the other night. Researchers at MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering took a good look at the first few days of a contagious disease outbreak and determined which U.S. airports would be the biggest influencers in its spread. They looked at the top 40 …

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Amelia Earhart Honored With Google Doodle

An aviation pioneer and hero to men and women alike, Amelia Earhart would have been 115 years old today. For her birthday, Google has honored her with an (what-else?) airplane-themed Doodle. Earhart is best known for being the first woman to succeed in flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1932, and 34-year-old Earhart took off from Newfoundland with the …

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FAA Reprimands Guy Who Filmed Bird Strike With iPad

A couple of weeks ago, a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing at JFK airport just moments after takeoff. The plane quickly lost its right engine after striking a flock of birds. The incident was big news, bolstered by the unlikely fact that Vice President Joe Biden’s plane also hit a flock of birds …

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Watch A Giant Paper Airplane Fly Over The Arizona Desert

Anyone who has ever built a flimsy paper airplane out of torn-out notebook paper and sailed it majestically across the classroom behind your unsuspecting all-knowing teacher’s back is sure to appreciate what the these guys just did. The PIMA Air & Space Museum, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, just made aviation nerds and the kid …

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iPhone Suddenly Smokes, Glows Devilishly Red On Australian Flight

After all these years of people telling us that planes are going to start dropping from the sky like dead birds if we don’t turn off our smartphones during takeoff, it looks like the real threat might actually be the planes killing our smartphones. Okay, planes are probably not killing your devices, but apparently an iPhone blew up during an …

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Know Exactly Where That Big Ol’ Jet Airliner’s Headed, Thanks To Wolfram Alpha

Using data from the Federal Aviation Administration, knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha is making it easier to learn about all of those planes flying over your head at any given time. If you’ve ever seen a plane soaring through the sky and thought about its destination or its place of departure, this is the tool for you. The broadest and possibly …

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