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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The Fight for Freedom … and Souvenirs

Nov 26, 2012 1 Comment

By Budd Davisson, Photos courtesy of Jack Cook Is it a strictly American trait? Or is it the same for fighting men worldwide: when the fighting is over, or even in a lull, they start looking for souvenirs. And sometimes do so to amazing extremes. Most of the time, this souvenir addiction only comes to light [...]

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Czech Pilot Dies in Training Crash

Nov 24, 2012 No Comments

The pilot of the Czech subsonic one-seat L-159 military aircraft that crashed in central Bohemia, the western region of the Czech Republic, on Thursday afternoon was found dead in its wreckage, general staff spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova told CTK, the country’s news agency. A commission of the Defence Ministry in charge of air accidents will investigate the [...]

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Air New Zealand Debuts Precious 777

Nov 24, 2012 No Comments

On the heels of Air New Zealand’s enormously popular The Hobbit-themed safety briefing video (viewed by more than a million non-flying people daily) comes a Boeing 777 painted in a livery that also pays homage to Kiwi Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie. For more images on The Dallas Morning News.com, click here.

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Fighter Completes Landing Test on Chinese Carrier

Nov 23, 2012 No Comments

China’s indigenous carrier-based fighter, the Shenyang J-15, has completed landing tests on the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, state media reported on Wednesday. In a sign that the carrier could soon be operational, the tests took place on Tuesday during a 19-day period of sea trials in the northern Bohai Sea that began on November [...]

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The Wright Stuff?

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

There is something of the 19th century about Eric Raymond. Devoted to making commercial solar-powered aircraft, he would have thrived in the Victorian heyday of the private inventor. Most fell by the wayside; their ideas outran their ability or their money. But the names of the successes—Morse, Dunlop, Bell, Diesel and even, to stretch the [...]

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The Creation of the Wright Company

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

On this day in 1909, a company was incorporated that would eventually build the first airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio. It was called the Wright Company. Local aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson tells us the story. Last time we spoke, I described the momentous flight Wilbur Wright made in New York City in 1909 [...]

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