Yesterday’s gyrocopter flight into the heart of Washington, DC, which illuminated the incompetence of those entrusted to provide air defense over the nation’s capital, has also started a debate in journalism circles around this question: What duty — if any — did a newspaper have to alert authorities? Read more →
The most outrageous part about the man who landed his gyrocopter undetected on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol today is that the Secret Service knew he was coming, and still didn’t stop him. Douglas Hughes, 61, a mailman by trade, landed his aircraft this afternoon to deliver letters of protest urging campaign finance reform, Read more →
An emergency landing on a highway near Hawley, Minn., Tuesday turned out OK. But it’s clear from the photos that the driver is lucky to be alive. Read more →
The FAA medical certificate system discourages many pilots from seeking help for medical problems. Read more →
While we’re consumed — yet again — on whether the public should be footing part of the bill for pro sports stadiums, don’t overlook what’s happening in Duluth, where Cirrus Design, an aircraft manufacturer, is waiting on a public financing package of its own.
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If one bumbling terrorist with a shoe bomb forced us all to take our shoes off at the airport security checkpoint, then a pilot with a death wish should perhaps be enough to change the math in the cockpit.
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Had the jet not hit the berm at the end of the runway, it would’ve ended up in Long Island Sound. Read more →
The NTSB said the pilot likely lost control after its canopy opened in flight, but it says it cannot determine whether wake turbulence from a jet landing at St. Cloud airport had anything to do with the crash. Read more →
When Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson died in the February 1959 plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa while enroute to Fargo, the Civil Aeronautics Board ruled the cause was pilot error and weather. Another pilot, L.J. Coon is getting some attention in the news today, telling the Read more →
Midwest aviation fans will likely recognize the couple profiled in today’s Op-Ed documentary by the New York Times. Read more →
Despite claims to the contrary, people don’t want to fly to and from rural parts of Minnesota and the rest of the country. If they did, the planes wouldn’t be empty. Read more →
The National Transportation Safety Board has been unable to figure out what caused a plane to crash into a Sauk Rapids house last June, killing the pilot and the German exchange student who was getting a sightseeing flight over St. Cloud.
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If you’ve never wandered up to the top of the bluff overlooking Saint Paul’s Holman Field, you probably don’t know why that white beacon keeps turning and how it got there in the first place. Read more →
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for $10 million to replace the state’s two airplanes. Read more →
NPR listeners could’ve benefitted from a little more aviation expertise and a tad less hyperbole in its story on All Things Considered on Thursday evening, stemming from yesterday’s story about a plane crash in Colorado in which the National Transportation Safety Board suggested the pilot was taking selfies when he lost control of his airplane in miserable weather conditions. Read more →