How big is the quadcopter threat to aviation?
The Federal Aviation Administration has been spent countless hours and probably tens of thousands of dollars trying to come up with rules for owners of quadcopters. There are already some rules in place — you can’t fly near an airport.
That’s not stopping some quadcopter owners. Read more →
The next time you hear someone make one of those cheap lazy-government-worker jokes, remind them of the nameless man (so far) at Midway Airport in Chicago who single-handedly saved a couple of hundred lives this week. Read more →
For a state that worships its people who made good — especially those who got out of here as soon as they could to make their fortune elsewhere — it could do more to recognize Elizabeth Strohfus of Faribault. Read more →
If airliners flew like fighter jets
At the Paris Air Show, pilots make large jets do things they’re capable of doing, but never will once the paying customers get aboard.
But what if they did? Read more →
What’s it like to fly? Fewer people want to find out
Generations have grown up without looking up and dreaming. Read more →
Trip Advisor, the online travel site, is pretty much worthless now for people who fly out of airports that serve as Delta hubs, such as Minneapolis St. Paul.
The airline no longer exists on the site. Read more →
FBI confirms it’s behind ‘mystery plane’
The FBI confirmed to the Associated Press that the flights, which operate without a judge’s order, are being used for “ongoing investigations” and the companies that own the aircraft are fronts for the government.
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‘Mysterious’ plane has an eye on the Twin Cities
It’s impossible to talk about this mysterious Cessna over the skies of Minneapolis and other America cities without sounding like a soldier in the tinfoil-hat brigade. But the mystery does defy a logical explanation. Read more →
So you want to be an airline pilot. Why?
How much should the person at the front of your airplane be making? Read more →
Momentum picks up for privatization of the sky
NPR broaches the next step in privatization: turning the entire air traffic control system over to a private company to run. Read more →
Newspaper’s ethics questioned in man’s flight of fancy
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 →
Capitol gyrocopter escapade recalls ’87 Kremlin flight
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 →
Airplane, car collide on northern Minnesota highway
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 →
Want to be a pilot? Be a good liar
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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