He was just hanging out! A rare black rhino was tied by its ankles and transported by helicopter to its new home under the WWF's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, reports the Mirror. Helicopter is deemed the best way to get the beasts from KwaZulu-Natal region of eastern South Africa. That airport car looks vaguely familiar. Pilots […]
You may have had friends e-mail you links to online videos showing so-called “flash mobs”–and maybe you’re already sick of them. But if you’re not, watch this one, which shows the U.S. Air Force Band at the National Air and Space Museum on Tuesday. A friend who served in the Air Force shared it, and […]
It started with Gray Thursday, for stores that (foolishly) opened at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Then we had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, then Cyber Monday. So today, we’re at the second annual #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday was created to be a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season and as a way to […]
Like many, I spent some time last Friday watching coverage of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. However, I didn’t come across the article that I found most interesting about that day until this morning. The October issue of Esquire magazine includes a fascinating story, “The Flight from Dallas,” which […]
As air travelers brace for the annual holiday ordeal that awaits many of them, Canadian budget carrier WestJet had a holiday miracle in store for passengers on two of its flights earlier this week. The airline began by creating present-shaped check-in kiosks at Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario airports for two flights bound for its hub of Calgary, Alberta.
While on a local flight close to my base airport (KLWB), a landing Gulfstream contacted the tower. The controller in the cab gave the Gulfstream clearance to land, along with a warning that buzzards were circling near the approach end of the runway. "O.K.," replied the Gulfsteam. "We've got the BB gun loaded." -- Kyle Jones, via e-mail
User fees will likely form the foundation of a bipartisan budget deal aimed at avoiding another government shutdown and that has at least one aviation group calling its members to action. House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) and his Senate counterpart Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are negotiating a spending plan that would avoid the political gridlock that led to the 17-day shutdown in October.
Textron is aiming for first flight of the Scorpion jet on Tuesday at Cessna's facility in Wichita, with a follow-up flight Thursday if all goes well, and weather permitting, DefenseNews.com reported Friday. The jet sports a two-seat tandem cockpit and turns twin turbofan engines. It supports six hard points capable of holding anything from drop tanks to Hellfire missiles. For surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the design offers more than 80 cubic feed of internal space for electronic warfare and intelligence components. Textron hopes to eventually demonstrate that the aircraft can be operated for roughly $3,000 per hour and that it will prove to be a viable alternative for a wide range of missions and operators. The first flight is expected to last 90 minutes.
While it seems a lot of billionaires are apparently pining for just one Gulfstream G650, an Egyptian family took delivery of two of the now-$65 million bizjets last week. Nasef Awiris and his father Onsi got their aircraft three days apart at the early order price of $59 million.
Safety Or Retribution? The Supreme Court Will Decide The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 9, 2013 in the case Wisconsin Airlines Corporation v Hoeper. The case will have great significance to the flying public because it will determine what limits are placed on airline personnel when reporting “suspicious” activities to TSA or other law enforcement agencies.
I Thought This Should Be Seen... And Said Thought/Opinions/Commentary by Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Nearly two months ago, ANN covered the fact that the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, from World War II, had been identified and were being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. It was one more way that the best of America shows that those who made the ultimate sacrifice are not and will not be forgotten by those of us who understand that freedom is NOT free. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Pa., was buried on Oct. 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 26, 1944, Fenstermacher was a pilot of a P-47D Thunderbolt that was on an armed-reconnaissance mission against targets in Germany, when his aircraft crashed, near Petergensfeld, Belgium.
"The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 9, 2013 in the case Wisconsin Airlines Corporation v Hoeper. The case will have great significance to the flying public because it will determine what limits are placed on airline personnel when reporting 'suspicious' activities to TSA or other law enforcement agencies." Source: From the opening of a Bruce Brandon article about a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court case that will be heard this week...
Will Install Ku-Satellite Technology For International Service The FAA has granted an STC to inflight wireless company Gogo for the installation of its Ku-satellite technology on Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The company says the STC is a key milestone in launching its international connectivity service.
"(The) successful launch of the NROL-39 mission is a testament to the tremendous government-industry partnership. We greatly appreciate the teamwork with the NRO Office of Space Launch and our many mission partners. We are honored to be entrusted to launch these one-of-a-kind national assets to orbit to protect our national security and to support the many brave men and women serving around the world." Source: Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs, following the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket liftoff, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg AFB in California on Dec. 5 at 2314 PST.