Fastjet Set for Thursday Launch

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

Africa’s new low-cost carrier Fastjet is set to launch commercial operations tomorrow. Fastjet’s first Airbus A319 twin jet is stationed at the airline’s inaugural base at Dar es Salaam (DAR), Tanzania, and has received operating approval from the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Two more aircraft are due to arrive in time for the launch of [...]

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Legacy 500 Makes ‘Flawless’ First Flight

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

A new generation of business jets was ushered in Tuesday when Embraer’s midsize Legacy 500 made a successful first flight from São José dos Campos, Brazil, marking the beginning of its flight test program. Deliveries of the first aircraft are expected to begin in 2014. “This remarkable airplane symbolizes the future of executive aviation and [...]

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The Giant Benoist Flies! [VIDEO]

Nov 27, 2012 2 Comments

Bob Walker’s 15-foot-span giant-scale flying boat has taken to the air! This RC model was built to celebrate the 10oth anniversary of the first passenger carrying aircraft in the world (on January 1, 1914 the full-size Benoist flew a passenger from St. Petersburg to Tampa). Here’s a note from Bob: HEY GUYS WE FLEW the [...]

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Sunken Hellcat Fighter Found Off Miami Beach

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

The crew of a research submarine studying artificial reefs off Miami-Dade County has discovered the mostly intact wreck of a U.S. Navy World War II fighter plane lying upside down 240 feet deep off Miami Beach. Researchers aboard the Antipodes were using three-dimensional sonar gear to investigate a blip on the sea floor last June [...]

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X-47B Loaded Onto U.S.S. Truman for Tests

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

The next step toward unmanned, carrier-borne fighter aircraft was taken yesterday when sailors aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Harry S. Truman assisted with the loading of Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. The air vehicle arrived in Norfolk Naval Shipyard by barge Monday from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. A team [...]

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Houston Now Home to Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

Houston, you have a space shuttle …carrier aircraft. NASA’s original jumbo jet that was used to ferry the space shuttles around the country has landed at Ellington Field in Houston, where it is to stay. The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), referred to using its tail number, NASA 905, was most recently used to fly space shuttle Endeavour to [...]

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Drone Pilots: How to Combat Boredom

Nov 26, 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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Has the Beloved Gooney Bird Finally Met Its Match?

Nov 26, 2012 No Comments

The Boeing Airplane Company launched its 737 Twinjet commercial jetliner program in the mid-1960s not knowing how many sales it would ultimately generate. In fact, the 737 program was more of a gamble than a sure bet. That has all changed over time. The 737 has become the most popular and biggest-selling jetliner of all [...]

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