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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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One Marine, 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

“Putt! Putt! Putt! Putt!” Imitating the sound of a Curtiss Condor’s engines failing, Frank Baron Jr. mimics the tumbling motions of the aircraft falling from the sky. His hands rush to his shoulders as if grabbing for parachute straps. “I thought, ‘This is it,’ and then all of a sudden, brrrr!” he said, describing the sound [...]

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Aviation Insider: Aviation Museums at the Crossroads

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

Walter Boyne, former director of the National Air and Space Museum, explains the business from the inside out  By Barrett Tillman Humans are collectors. We keep items that are important to us and preserve them for future memory—our own and memories of those yet unborn. Therefore, museums represent the institutional memory of nations and cultures, [...]

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Air Travel Chaos Extends Into Thursday

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

The holiday air travel nightmare will continue for at least one more day. The winter storm that has snarled flights from coast to coast this week is about to head offshore, but not before it brings wind, rain, snow and poor visibility to airports in the Northeast. More than 700 U.S. flights have been canceled. Not [...]

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Kansas Museum Offers F-4 Sim Flights

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

The Kansas Aviation Museum is offering a rare opportunity for the public to experience a flight in a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II simulator. The experience will be available Wednesday through Sunday at the Wichita museum. Detailed flight controls simulate the real thing. A museum volunteer and F-4 simulator creator Justin Messenger will take museum goers [...]

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