An aviation mystery playing out today is Cuba’s problem to unravel, at least for a little while yet. The North American Air Defense Command said on its Facebook page that it followed an “unresponsive” business jet until it entered Cuba’s airspace this afternoon. As of 11:30 a.m. EDT today, September 5th, 2014, two F-15 fighter Read more →
In today’s show, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration is being played by a ram, which got its name for a good reason. The part of the intrusive and inconsiderate quadcopter operator is being played by an intrusive and inconsiderate quadcopter operator. Related: College student arrested for flying drone over football game (The Hill).
We flew down to Rushford on Monday and it was impossible to mistake what the summer rain has done this year compared to previous years. It’s green in a way that makes you feel selfish for keeping the beauty the state can offer to ourselves.
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The oldest flight attendant in the United States has been grounded. Bob Reardon, a St. Paul man who turned 90 in May, retired from Delta over the weekend, and, apparently, not by choice. Read more →
No doubt there are legitimate terrorist threats to the world’s aviation system — that much is certainly obvious — but we’re going to suggest that this isn’t really one of them. Read more →
It’s not going to take the National Transportation Safety Board long to figure out why a helicopter crashed in Osage, Minnesota, last month while it was spraying for mosquitoes. Read more →
Those of us who spend any time around South St. Paul often wonder what it must have been like to try to launch a B-25 from a World War II aircraft carrier as the Doolittle Raiders tried to do in April 1942. Our imagination is enhanced by the fact “Miss Mitchell,” a B-25 operated by Read more →
It might not look like it, but this might well be the greatest example of airmanship in the history of aviation. It was 25 years ago this weekend, that pilot Al Haines put United Flight 232 down in Sioux City, after losing most ability to control the plane earlier in the flight. By all accounts, Read more →
Theoretically, you should be twice as safe on an airplane today now that the tax — I’m sorry, “fee” — for providing security is doubling. Good one. It turns out — you might want to sit down for this — that it’s merely a money grab. Comparatively little of the extra money is going toward Read more →
It’s an aviation truism that when a pilot has a bad day and needs to make an emergency landing, it’s best to get right back on the horse. Frank Fierro, 75, had a bad day last week when he landed his single-engine ultralight Challenger plane on a highway on Long Island. It wasn’t a big Read more →
After the apparent shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine today, many airlines are joining the directive to stay away from Ukraine. Read more →
Most of the publicity around small jets for people has focused on Duluth-based Cirrus, which has put a lot of its future in the hands of the VLJ, the very light jet concept. But at nearly $2 million apiece, that’s not an aircraft for typical people. That’s an aircraft for corporations and businesspeople who don’t Read more →
Matthew Guthmiller became the youngest to fly around the world alone but won’t hear much about it: NBC’s Today show has paid the family to be quiet.
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Some time this evening, South Dakota teen Matthew Guthmiller will fulfill his dream and become the youngest person ever to fly around the planet by himself. Read more →