At least three people were taken into custody last night following reports from three New York news helicopter pilots being targeted by lasers. WABC, WCBS, and WNBC each filed separate reports about the lasers with the FAA, who followed up with local authorities. »
Most of us look for a scare during the month of October, but this skydiver got one that was less than desirable during a recent jump—probably because it happened 10,000 feet above the ground. That’s pretty far away from the candy, too.
Agusta Westland’s AW-609 tilt-rotor crashed in northern Italy
today, killing both pilots onboard. The crash occurred about 30 miles from the company’s airfield in Cascina Costa. The cause of the crash remains unknown at this time. The aircraft involved was the second AW-609 prototype built back in the early 2000s.
The ultra-creative folks over at Wolfe Air have innovated aerial cinematography once again with their recent shoot for the airline Emirates. The crazy footage of the 777 below was captured raw with an iPhone from the cockpit of Wolfe Air’s modified Learjet, but the actual shot will be in super high definition.
Today, Scott Kelly breaks NASA’s record for longest single spaceflight of an American astronaut, surpassing the previous record of 215 days held by Michael Lopez-Alegria. Kelly is currently on a one-year mission, scheduled to return to Earth in March 2016. »
A Dynamic Airways Boeing 767 was taxiing to depart from Fort Lauderdale International Airport when its port-side engine reportedly caught fire. The fire appears to have been quite severe, damaging the wing and fuselage and billowing large amounts of black smoke. The fire has since been put out and everyone was… »
There’s nothing like old piston-powered flying behemoths designed in an era before the jet was a sure thing. Case in point, this gorgeous DC-6 blending its way off a snow covered runway. »
St. Maarten is known in the aviation community as one of the best plane viewing locales in the world. Watching landing jets scream just feet overhead while you wade in the Caribbean’s warm turquoise water is just about as good as it gets. Takeoffs are usually a different story, but when the winds are just right, some… »
What’s your car good for; 130 MPH? Maybe 150? Whatever, it’s pretty much all the same until you clear 1,000 and for $185,000, this fifty-year-old slab of Soviet metal will get you to the speed of sound. I mean as soon as you figure out how to fly it. »
NASA’s Morpheus vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) craft fulfills many science fiction dreams of the last 60 or so years. Maybe one day a scaled-up cousin of it will be able to service extraterrestrial bodies in our solar system. Until then, it is just really cool to watch this thing takeoff, pick a landing spot all… »
I don’t care if “turning hard and mashing the throttle ’til you’ve worn a circle in the ground” is amateur-hour stunt driving. It’s some of the most fun you can have on wheels and there’s no better place to do it than an empty snowy field. Especially in a single-prop airplane on enormous tires. »
No, pilots aren’t just drinking coffee and checking their e-mail the whole flight — when called upon, they earn every cent of their paychecks. This video of a pilot fighting to put an Embraer E-190 safely on the runway shows that even the most modern airliners still benefit greatly from a highly trained and… »