A plane crashed between Thunder Bay and Sault St. Marie last week and it’s a mystery so far. There was no body at the crash site, and no tracks in the snow. Where’s the pilot? Read more →
If you fly small airplanes in Florida, there’s a pretty fair chance you own a big paperweight, at least in the area where President Donald Trump has set up his winter White House from time to time. Read more →
It’s still not a lot of fun flying from Point A to Point B in the United States, but the airlines’ performance is the best in 22 years, a report from the Department of Transportation says today. U.S. airlines canceled just 1.17 percent of scheduled flights for the year 2016, the lowest in decades. Read more →
The nation’s air traffic control system is one of those government programs that actually works.
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There will, at least for now, be no additional inspections of jetliners for fatigue cracking in their skin, as a result of the Trump administration’s order to withdraw all regulations waiting to be published in the Federal Register. But U.S. travelers won’t be unsafe because of the decision. Read more →
Today we renew our call that the airline safety briefing include instructions on how to be quiet on an airplane.
In the latest ‘unruly passenger’ video, a woman decides that sitting in an aluminum tube with a couple hundred strangers is a fine time to yell at her seatmate because of his politics. Read more →
As we’ve noted many times in this space over the years, flying cars are a fairly impractical solution to a problem. Most every flying car project that’s underway continues to take investors’ money and delay the rollout. Read more →
‘We’ll call you when we get down.’ Those were the last words between a pilot and air traffic control shortly before a plane crash near Dayton Beach, Fla., that claimed the lives of two west-central Minnesota residents on Tuesday night. Read more →
There is no news value in what you’re about to read. I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I was elevating a personal story to the rarefied air of a NewsCut topic. But it provides some background for why posting will be light here today and also closes the book on a chapter of NewsCut that occasionally surfaced here: the time I built my own airplane in my garage. Read more →
Having just worked my way through Scott Berg’s long biography of Charles Lindbergh, and being a huge fan of John Glenn since I was a boy, Bill Flanagan’s commentary on Glenn (and Lindbergh) this morning was particularly riveting. Read more →
The Russian/Ukranian freighter landed during a snowstorm in Duluth yesterday afternoon for refueling after being diverted from its original Winnipeg destination. It had departed earlier in the day from San Bernadino.
It left Duluth before sunrise this morning.
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This is some amazing video from a passenger aboard the American Airlines jet that caught fire while on a take-off roll at O’Hare this afternoon.
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Hoover was a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time. Read more →
Eli Dourado and Raymond Russell tackle NIMBYism in their latest paper, claiming that complaints about airport noise come from a small number of people and disproportionately tilt noise abatement programs in a way that hinders the advancement of cheaper and faster commercial flight.
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One of the brothers who started Cirrus Design, the aircraft company, years ago is using the template to start another aircraft company in Minnesota. Read more →