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Four Survive Chopper Crash in Brazil

Dec 30, 2012 No Comments

Four people have survived a helicopter crash after the aircraft plunged into the ocean off Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach on Saturday. Amateur video captured the fire department helicopter splash-down after it suddenly lost altitude and dipped into the waves while trying to rescue a stranded swimmer. The footage shows the helicopter being submerged by [...]

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California Crash Kills Family of Three

Dec 30, 2012 2 Comments

Three people killed in a plane crash near Lakeside, Calif., on Saturday have been identified as a husband and wife from Arizona and their teen-aged daughter. William Arthur Stern Jr., 65, his wife, Jennifer, 53, and their daughter, Katelyn, 19, all perished when the four-seat, home-built Lancair IV-P plane they were flying home crashed, the [...]

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U.S. Plane Leaves Iran After Emergency Landing

Dec 30, 2012 No Comments

A small American executive plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported. The Dassault Falcon 900 was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran [...]

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Sandy Hook Students Get Chance to Smile at Sikorsky Airport

Dec 29, 2012 No Comments

The students visiting Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, Conn., on Friday looked like any bunch of students on a school trip. As they toured a hangar looking at classic aircraft, they raced under a plane’s wings, acted as if they were pilots and looked a little bored as a volunteer explained the history of one of the planes. [...]

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Four Dead as Russian Airliner Overshoots Runway, Catches Fire

Dec 29, 2012 No Comments

Four people were killed when a Russian Tupolev Tu-204 medium-haul airliner overshot the runway while landing at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport and caught fire on Saturday, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The cause of the incident was not immediately clear. Sources in the Emergencies Ministry said pilot error is being viewed as the probable cause. There were eight people [...]

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Flying the Canadair CL 415 Super Scooper

Dec 28, 2012 2 Comments

This is outstanding! You just don’t hear much about aerial fire fighting in Europe but these Spaniards have gotten it down! Check out how low they fly over cars, roads and buildings on their way to pick-up water. The pilots are really yanking the controls around when they get close to the fire. This is [...]

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Drone pilots: how to combat boredom

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

How do drone pilots stay alert during 12-hour missions, especially considering that they’re in a control room while the UAV they’re piloting can be hundreds of miles away? This Gizmag article by David Szondy shares how MIT researchers are looking into ways to combat pilot boredom during long drone flights: The saying that “war is [...]

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NASA: Commercial Hypersonic Planes Decades Away

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

Like some hypersonic carrot, the idea of breakfast in Paris; breakfast again in New York; then late night cocktails in Tokyo — all within the same 12 hour workday — has been dangled in front of the flying public for so long now that any mention of Mach 7 aircraft may trigger involuntary eye-rolls. Hypersonics using [...]

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